India celebrates Janmashtami, Lord Krishna’s Birth

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India celebrates Janmashtami, Lord Krishna’s Birth

One of the most sacred Hindu festivals, Janmashtami, is being celebrated across India. People are fasting all over the country today waiting for the birth of Shree Lord Krishna at midnight.

Janmashtami is celebrated in the month of August/September on the ashtami of Krishna Paksh or the eighth day in the month of Bhadon according to the Hindu calendar. The fasting is done by devotees on the day preceding the birth of Lord Krishna, followed by celebrations next day. Generally, the day following the birth of Lord Krishna is observed as a holiday across India.


Homes of the Hindu devotees generally draw feet of baby Krishna from the entrance of the house to their Pooja room, to show the arrival of Lord in their houses. At midnight, prayers and chants continue non-stop and doors of temple are closed to allow the Lord to arrive. The doors are opened after midnight to signal the arrival of the Lord.

If you live near Mathura, Vrindavan or Dwaraka or are lucky enough to be near these palces during Janmashtami, you will truly understood the fervor with which Janmashtami is celebrated. Temples like ISKCON which are purely dedicated to Lord Krishna are also a good place to visit today.

Maharashtra, especially the Mumbai region, celebrates Janmashtami in its special way by organizing Dahi-Handi events. Groups of people are required to form an upward chain and break the handi filled with dahi hanging at the top. A lot of money is being offered by political parties organizing the Dahi-Handi events this year, with some of them going for as high as Rs. 25 Lakh.

You can find more details on Janmashtami celebrations here.

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