Krishna Janmashtami also known as Gokulashtami, this day is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Krishna. According to the legends, the eighth son of Devki, Lord Krishna was born on the 8th day of the dark fortnight of the month of Bhadrapada (August-September).


Lord Krishna Birth

Krishna was born in prison to devout parents Devaki and Vasudeva. At the time of his birth, his life was in danger because the tyrant Kamsa was seeking to kill him. It had been foretold that Kamsa would be killed by Devaki’s eighth child. Since Sri Krishna was the eighth child, he was smuggled out of prison to be raised by his foster parents Nanda and Yasoda in Gokula. Nanda lived a simple lifestyle and was a chief in the local Cow-herding community. The young Sri Krishna is often depicted in these days as being a mischievous child, who enjoyed playing pranks and having fun. Some worship Sri Krishna as the ideal child of innocence.However, even in his young years, Krishna is reported to have killed demons Trinavarta and Putana. He is also said to have lifted a nearby hill Govardhana to protect the villagers against the wrath of Indra.


Krishna Janmashtami Celebrations

Hindus celebrate Krishna Janmashtami by fasting and staying up until midnight, the time when Krishna is believed to have been born. Ardent devotees observe fast during the day and end their fast at midnight, after the puja. At midnight, the idol of “Infant Krishna” is beautifully decorated and laid in a cradle and rocked when he was believed to be born, amidst the ringing and tinkling of bells. This is the time when devotees offer prayers to the notorious 'Makhan chor'. Lord Krishna was known for his sweet tooth. Hence, they make sure that they prepare lots of sweets and desserts. Believers praise and remember the Lord by reciting hymns and singing devotional songs from the Gita in his glory.


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