Krishna Janmashtami is also known as Krishnashtami, Saatam Aatham, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini, Srikrishna Jayanti, Sree Jayanti or sometimes merely as Janmashtami... This is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, an avatar of the god Vishnu. This photo journey shares some of the photographs of decorations being done for Janmashtmi night, temples etc with appropriate information about this Hindu Festival...
Above photograph is from one of the popular temples at Vrindavan. Different temples in Mathura Vridavan are decorated on this day with special visuals and flowers. Many people from different parts of the country come to the land of Krishna - Vrindavan to celebrate this festival.
Lord Krishna was born in Uttar Pradesh State of India and specifically in Mathura Town. Krishna's play ground Gokul and Vrindavan become more crowded and celebrations go up to a week around Janmashtmi.
Acorss the country, Janmashtmi is celebrated in different ways as per local traditions. In Gujarat where the city Dwarka has Dwarkadhish temple celebrates it with pomp and joy.In Jammu, kite flying is an important part of the celebration on his day. Someone in my team was also telling us about Kite-Flying in some part of Rajasthan.
The temples especially in Vrindavan witness an extravagant and colourful celebration on this occasion. Raslila is performed to recreate incidents from the life of Krishna and to commemorate his love for Radha.
Lord Krishna is the eighth son of Devaki and Vasudeva. Rasa lila, dramatic enactments of the life of Krishna, are a special feature in regions of Mathura and Vrindavan and regions following Vaishnavism in Manipur. While the Rasa lila re-creates the flirtatious aspects of Krishna's youthful days, the Dahi Handi celebrate God's playful and mischievous side, where teams of young men form human pyramids to reach a high-hanging pot of butter and break it. This tradition, also known as uriadi, is a major event in Tamil Nadu on Gokulashtami.
In the eastern state of Orissa, around Puri and West Bengal in Nabadwip, people celebrate it with fasting and doing puja at midnight. Even people from North India also celebrate it with fasts, but definition of these fasts changes from one state to other, or even across small regions. Purana Pravachana from Bhagavata Purana are done from the 10th Skandha which deals with pastimes of Lord Krishna. The next day is called Nanda Utsav or the joyous celebration of Nanda Maharaj and Yashoda Maharaani. On that day people break their fast and offer various cooked sweets during the early hour.
Krishna Janmashtami is observed on the Ashtami tithi, the eighth day of the dark half or Krishna Paksha of the month of Bhadra in the Hindu calendar. This is the time when the Rohini Nakshatra is ascendant. The festival always falls within mid-August to mid-September in the Gregorian calendar. In 2010, for example, the festival was celebrated on 1 September, and in 2011 on 22 August in North India and on 21 August in South Indian states like Kerala. In 2012 it's on 10th August.
On this auspicious occasion, temples and homes are beautifully decorated and illuminated. Night long prayers are offered and religious hymns are sung in temples. The priests chant holy mantras and bath the idol with Panchamrit which comprises of Gangajal (water from the holy Ganges River), milk, ghee (clarified butter), curd, and honey pouring all these from a conch shell. After this bath the idol of the infant Krishna (also known as Balmukund) is placed in a cradle. Devotional songs and dances mark the celebration of this festive occasion all over Northern India.
A photograph of Lord Krishna, handling govadrdhan Parvat to give shelter to peple of his old state.
Every year for the past few years, several thousand teams of youth perform street plays on occasion of Janmashtami worldwide. These are youth inspired by Pandurang Shastri Athavale, of the Swadhyay Pariwar, to take the message of Krishna. Parallel to the work that Lord Krishna has done by spreading positive, strong values and thoughts in society, these youth want to take the powerful thoughts of the Gita in society through the medium of a play around the week of Janmashtami.
Many of Cow shelters celebrate Krishna Janmashtmi in different ways... In Hindu Religion, cows are taken care of with lots of love and treated as mothers.