What is krishna Janmashtmi?
Krishna Janmashtami is also known as Janmashtami or Gokulashtami. This is a Hindu festival which celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, the eight avatar of Lord Vishnu. Lord Krishna took birth in Gokul Dham, Mathura at midnight. Every year, Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated in different parts of India with full of devotion.
How Krishna Janmashtmi is Celebrated ?
Indians celebrate this festival by fasting, singing, dancing, preparing and sharing food and praying together and visiting Krishna temples.
To note a few cultural variations in the celebration of Janmashtami, in the southern part of India like Tamil Nadu, people decorates the floor with Kolam. A Kolam is a decorative pattern which is drawn by rice batter. People sings the song of Geetha Govindam which is in praise of Lord Krishna. They also draw the footprints of Krishna with the Kolam. This festival is celebrated in the evening and Lord Krishna was born at midnight.
This festival is also celebrated in outside India like Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Fiji and so many countries.
In Maharashtra, Krishna Janmashtami is followed by Dahi Handi . Dahi handi literally means a “pot which is full of yogurt and homemade butter”. It is believed that Lord Krishna loved to eat butter and yogurt. When Krishna was a child he could not reach to eat from the high -hanging yogurt pots at his home. So he gathered some of his friends and made a pyramid with them to break these high-hanging pots to eat the yogurt and butter. This is the story behind playing dahi handi in Maharashtra. Truly, a symbol of the joyful.
In the northeastern parts of India such as Assam and in western states of India, such as Gujarat and Rajasthan, Dahi handi is known as Makhan handi. There, communities organize a dance-drama event which is known as Rasa Lila or Krishna Lila. This act is played by numerous artists and by local communities. Usually, these drama-dance plays begin a few days before each Janmashtami.
Thus, Janmashtami or Dahi Handi, it is a dear festival of the Hindus, pan- India.