Janmashtami is a very popular festival in India celebrated by Hindus all over the world. This festival celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna and falls on the eighth day (Ashtami tithi) in the month of Sravana according to Hindu calendar. According to Gregorian calendar, this festival falls in the month of August-September. Other names of this festival are Krishanashtami, Saatam Aatham, Srikrishna Jayanthi, Ashtami Rohini, etc.


You can see the real fun and excitement of this festival Mathura, Vrindavan and Dwarika. These places are related with the birth and life of Lord Krishna. On this festival, people clean the idols of Lord Krishna, make them bath and adorn them with new clothes and jewellery at midnight. At this time, people also say prayers related to Lord Krishna.

Other most popular event that takes place popularly in the state of Maharashtra on this day is ‘Dahi Handi’. During this event, a pot containing dahi called as ‘dahi handi’ is tied at certain height and boys try to break this pot by making pyramids.

According to mythology, Lord Krishna took birth to destroy the evil king Mathura named as Kansa. Therefore, this day has special significance among Indian people and celebrated by them in many different forms. It is said that, at the time of birth, Krishna was in great trouble as his uncle Kansa tried to kill him. So, it is a tradition to observe fast on this day and people believe that this will take out Krishna from all the troubles. The fast is completed in midnight after the birth of Lord Krishna.

It is said that, Lord Krishna was very fond of milk products like butter, etc and therefore sweets made with these products are very popular on Janmashtami. Some popular sweets for this day are gulabjamun, petha and kheer. So, this festival is celebrated at homes and at all the Krishna temples all over the world with full devotion and enjoyment.

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