Krishna Janmashtami 2019: Significance, history, why we celebrate the Indian festival

Krishna Janmashtami 2019: The day is meant to celebrate the birthday of Lord Krishna and is one of the most important Hindu festivals. Read on to know more about it.
Krishna Janmashtami 2019 Significance and historyKrishna Janmashtami 2019: Significance, history, why we celebrate the Indian festival
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Janmashtami is one of the most important Hindu festivals which celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna. The event is observed on the 8th day of Krishna Paksha in the month of Shravan and usually falls in the month of either August or September. 

This year around, according to the Gregorian calendar, Krishna Janmashtami falls on August 24 which is a Saturday. The largest celebration of this festival takes place in Lord Krishna's birth place - Mathura and Vrindavan but all temples of the Lord will also be decorate in order to celebrate this auspicious event. Devotees of the Lord also observe a fast and sing devotional songs to worship him. His statues are bathed and decked up with new clothes and flowers and worshipped. 

History of Krishna Janmashtami

According to the tale of Lord Krishna, Mathura was being ruled by King Kansa who was evil and had a sister- Devaki who was married to Vasudeva. Kansa found out that Devaki's eighth son would cause his downfall and kill him. 

On getting to know this, he immediately imprisoned Devaki and Vasudeva and killed their first six children. Her seventh child, Balram was magically transferred from her womb to that of princess Rohini and after her eighth child - Krishna was born, Vasudeva rescued him and took him to Vrindavan across the river where he layed him with Nanda and Yashoda and took their baby girl instead. 

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He then made his way back with the baby girl and gave her to Kansa, believing that he would not kill her. However, Kansa did not want to take any risk and attempted to kill the girl by throwing her towards a rock. When he tried to do this, she turned into Goddess Durga and warned Kansa about his impending doom. 

Over time, people began to realise that Krishna was no ordinary human and instead a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu and since then, his birthday is celebrated with pomp and splendour. 

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