Janmashtami or Krishna asthami marks the yearly birth festivity of the Hindu deity Lord Krishna. The festival is celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm in India in the month of July or August. As stated by the Hindu calendar this religious festival is celebrated on the eight night of the dark fortnight in the month of Shravana.
One of the most widely admired and most popular of all Hindu Gods. Shri Krishna is worshipped as the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu and also worshipped as a supreme god.
According to legends Sri Krishna was born around 5,200 years ago in Mathura and the sole objective of his birth was to free the Earth from the evilness of demons. He was born in the custody of his uncle Kansa. His father, Vasudev, thought immediately of his friend Nand and decided to give his child to him to save Krishna from Kansa. He grew up in Gokul and finally killed his uncle King Kansa.
The devotees observe fasting and stay up till midnight, when the Lord is said to be born. Wonderful pictures of Lord Krishna are installed on the walls of homes. The devotees gather in homes and temples in order to recite devotional melodies, perform dance and read the verses from the Holy Bhagvad Gita.
In North India, Shri Krishna Janmashtami is observed eight days after the full moon day in Hindi month Bhadrapada (August – September). In South India, the festival is observed on the eighth day after full moon in the month of Shravan (August – September).
Sri Krishna Jayanti 2016 in Different Parts of India
Due to the various regional calendars and the various calculations in the time of the birth of Krishna the festival is not celebrated on the same day in all parts of India.