Krishna Janmashtami-bhakti-bhajnam

Krishna Janmashtami - Significance, Importance, Celebration 2018

Krishna Janmashtami- the most popular and prestigious Hindu Festival is just around the corner and likely to will fall on 2nd September in 2018. Janmashtami happens to be observed on the ashtami (eighth) day of the dark fortnight in the month of Bhadrapada. Krishna Janmashtami even gets luckier if observes on Rohini Nakshatra, according to Hindu calendar. Who doesn’t knows the story of birth of Krishna. Lord Krishna was born to Devaki and Vasudeva inside a lock-up cell (jail) back in a city of Uttar Pradesh Mathura. Krishna Janamasthmi is exalted with immense devotion and liveliness in India as well as outside it among the avid Hindu enthusiasts.

Krishna Janmashtami-bhakti-bhajnam
The birth story

As per mythological followers– Lord Krishna’s maternal uncle (mama)- Kans Mama wanted to kill all the born babies of his sister  (Devaki) as he was the most savage and the brutal maternal uncle who desired to annihilate his sister’s baby with his eternal power. Therefore to keep her last son alive, Devaki and Vasudeva decided to set free from imprisonment, slavery and oppression of his cruel mama- Kans. Lord Krishna was taken by his father- Vasudeva, just after his birth across the Yamuna River to a nearby place, namely- Vrindavan. Lord Krishna was safely reached and later on brought up and nurtured with immense care, love, endearment by his non-biological parents, mother- Yasoda and Father-Nandalal who was a local cowherd in the Vrindavan vicinity and a dear friend of Vasudeva. Lord Krishna was taken a proper care at Gokul and eventually killed his vicious uncle- Kans.

Lord Krishna’s Message In Bhagavad Gita 
It was implied in the prophecy that nobody would be able to alter the destiny. This is an absolute truth which Lord Krishna has explained in Shree Bhagavad Gita, the very foundation of the Hindu culture. No relation, no emotion can stop Lord Krishna when He is out there to reinforce the eternal truth and to eliminate the evil. He also said this in Shree Bhagavad Gita –
Yada yada hi dharmasya glaanihi bhavati bharat | 
Abhyutthaanam adharmasya tadaa aatmanam srujami aham || 
Paritraanaaya saadhoonaam vinaashaay cha dushkrutam | 
Dharmsamsthaapanaarthaya sambhavami yuge yuge|| 
“Whenever righteousness declines and unrighteousness grows in this world, the Almighty reveals His presence! The Supreme, though unborn and undying, becomes manifest in the human form to overthrow and defeat the forces of ignorance and selfishness.”
Significance of Krishna Janmashtami

Janmashtami has a significance of its own. Lord Vishnu in a sacred book of ancient times named Bhagavad Gita says that whenever there will be any dominance of evil in the society and the decline of the religion, I will reincarnate in this world to kill and remove the evil and also to protect the good. The main significance of this festival lies in encouraging the goodwill and discouraging the bad will. Krishna Janmashtami is also celebrated for the togetherness. This holy festival brings all the people together. Hence Krishnashtami symbolizes faith and unity.

The Rituals And Method Of Celebrating Janmashtami 
Since Janmashtami is the birth day of Lord Krishna, the pious day is celebrated with joy and laughter all over the world by Hindus every year. Men and women observe fast and follow rituals in the honour of Lord Krishna. The Holy cradle in the temple of Lord Krishna is decorated with beautiful items for Bal Krishna – the childhood avatar of Krishna. 

The Method Of keeping Fast And Offering Puja On Janmashtami:

  • You need to start your fast at the sunrise and end it post sunrise the next day. Follow all the rules, while keeping the fast. 
  • Once you are done with your morning routine, take a bath. Then recite ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaay” mantra as many times as possible. 
  • If you have an idol of Bal Krishna in your temple at home, you may decorate it with fancy clothes and jewellery, as per your will and capacity, and celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna at midnight. Offer panjiri – the traditional prasaad associated with this festival – and white butter to Bal Krishna. 
  • Offer 52 bhog (food items) or available tasty dishes in the market to Bal Krishna the next day. You may end your fast and eat once you have offered food to Bal Krishna. 
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Krishna Puja Benefits
Shri Krishna Janmashtami Puja is going to be very effective this year:
  • To win over enemies.
  • To protect from any evil effects.
  • To minimize the effect of Ketu.
  • To get happily married long lived life.
  • To remove the Nissantaan dosha.
  • to get a better education of the child.
  • For overall spiritualistic and materialistic development.

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