Krishna Janmashtami 2019: THESE are the things you should know about the festival

Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Krishna who is Lord Vishnu’s 8th incarnation. After celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, people celebrate Dahi Handi the next day. Here are few things you must know about this auspicious occasion.
Janmashtami: THESE are the things you should know about the festivalJanmashtami: THESE are the things you should know about the festival
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Ala re ala Govinda ala, with Janmashtami round the corner, everyone is gearing up to break the highest handis in their area. Some handis are filled with fruits and butter, while others are filled with flowers, money and sweets. Janmashtami, which is celebrated with joy and colour in India, is also one of the most widely celebrated festivals in the country.

Janmashtami is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Krishna who is Lord Vishnu’s 8th incarnation. This auspicious day is celebrated in many different ways, devotees usually fast and pray at midnight, the time when Lord Krishna was born. After praying at midnight, they celebrate Dahi Handi the next day. And here are a few interesting things that you should know about Dahi Handi - a festival which is celebrated with joy and fervour. 

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Why is Dahi Handi celebrated?

Dahi handi is celebrated on the second day of Janmashtami. Lord Krishna and his friends used to form human pyramids to break pots of neighbourhood houses, to steal curd and butter in Vrindavan. And to keep the tradition alive, pupils called govindas, attempt to break the handi in the same way.

How is Dahi Handi celebrated?

A group of boys gather and form a human pyramid to break the pot fixed at a height of 20-30 feet from the ground. The boy who breaks the pot is called Govinda, and the group is called mandal. They usually get some cash prize to break the handi. Handi breaking competitions are held in Mumbai and Pune. 

Dahi Handi has a different name in different cities:

In Maharashtra, it's celebrated as Dahi Handi, whereas, in Gujarat and Dwarka, Dahi handi is called Makhan Handi. It is called Uriadi in Tamil Nadu. In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, it's celebrated as Utlotsavam.

Janmashtami in Vrindavan and Mathura:

Janmashtami is celebrated with zeal across India, but it holds more significance in Mathura and Vrindavan. In Mathura, which is the birthplace of Lord Krishna, people are dressed in their best attire to celebrate the birth of Lord. Idols of Krishna and Radha are decorated with new clothes, flowers and jewels. Whereas, in Vrindavan, celebrations begin 10 days before the festival. Rass Leela which Lord Krishna used to perform his female devotees (gopis) is performed on the streets of Vrindavan. 

Krishna Janmashtami Significance:

Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated to encourage goodwill and to discourage the bad will. It's a joyous festival, which spreads the message of togetherness. Hence, it signifies faith and unity.

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So are you all set to the experience of grandeur of Krishna Janmashtami this year? Tag your fellow govindas in the comment section below.

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