Janmashtami 2022: Date, History, Best places to visit for celebration

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Janmashtami 2022: Date, History, Best places to visit for celebration

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Last Updated on August 10, 2022

Janmashtami, which is also known as Krishna Janmashtami is an annual festival that is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Krishna. Generally, this festival falls in the month of August or September, and in the Hindu calendar, it is observed on the eighth date (Ashtami) of Bhadrapada Masa.

Lord Krishna is also believed to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu and he is one of the most powerful Gods in Hinduism. The birthplace of Krishna is said to be Mathura and therefore, Mathura is also known as Krishna Bhumi. Janmashtami is also one of the most important festivals in Hinduism where many kinds of dance, drama, songs, etc. are organized and the festival is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm.

History

In many Hindu texts, it has been mentioned that Lord Krishna came to this world to save it from evil beings. He is also considered the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu and the story of his birth has been beautifully mentioned in some of the famous Hindu texts such as the Bhagwad Gita and Bhagwad Puran. Lord Krishna was born on Ashtami i.e. the eighth day of the dark fortnight during the Bhadrapada month.

He was the son of Devaki and Vasudeva but the uncle of Lord Krishna, Kansa wanted to kill him as he knew that Krishna would somebody be the cause of his death. However, after the birth of Lord Krishna, Vasudev saved his son by taking him to some other place. Ever since the birth of Krishna, the eighth day of Bhadrapada month is called Krishna Paksha and celebrated as Krishna Janmashtami.

Significance

This festival is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna who is the destroyer of evil and one of the most powerful Gods in Hinduism. In Bhagwad Gita, Lord Krishna himself has said that whenever there will be the rise of adharma, he will be born again to destroy it and save dharma. The significance of this festival lies in the fact that it is a reminder to encourage good deeds and togetherness, and put faith in humanity and righteousness.

How is Janmashtami celebrated?

Many Hindus celebrate this festival by keeping fast, singing, organizing prayers, preparing special kinds of food, visiting temples, and narrating the tales of Lord Krishna to each other. At many places, Krishna Leela which is a kind of dance-drama event is also organized. People also decorate their houses, make rangoli, put on lights, and wear new traditional clothes.

Dahi Handi during Janmashtami

Dahi Handi during janamasthmi

The next day after Janmashtami is celebrated by organizing a special event known as Dahi Handi. In most of the stories about Lord Krishna, he has been called Makhan Chor, and therefore, this event is organized where a pot is hung on a rope at a certain height and people in groups climb over one another to reach the handi(the pot) and break it.

Major Places to visit during Janmashtami

Mathura

Mathura Mandir

Mathura is known as the birthplace of Lord Krishna and it is one of the best places to visit to witness the grand celebration of Janmashtami. People here organize many kinds of events and activities to celebrate this particular day. Some of the most important customs are reading the Bhagwad Gita and organizing Krishna Leela where dance and drama events are organized. There are almost 400 temples in Mathura where the birth of Lord Krishna is celebrated with great pomp and show. These temples look very beautiful and colorful as they are decorated with flowers and lights.

Vrindavan

vrindavan-chandrodaya-mandir

It was at Vrindavan that Lord Krishna spent his initial days of life when he was growing up. When Krishna went to Gokul, Kansa sent his army to kill Krishna. To escape the army of Kansa, Krishna was brought to Vrindavan. It was at this very place that he started performing Krishna Leela and dancing with his friends, also known as gopis.

Some of the best places to visit in Vrindavan to witness the enthusiasm of Janmashtami include Prem Mandir, ISKCON Temple, and numerous other temples that are present here. It really gets crowded during this time of the year at Vrindavan but it also makes the atmosphere lively. People of Vrindavan celebrate Janmashtami by chanting mantras, singing songs, organizing dance and dramas, playing with curd and turmeric, preparing special dishes, etc.

Gokul

It is a town located in the Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh. And this is the same place where Lord Krishna was brought right after he was born. The celebration at this place matches that of Vrindavan and many kinds of events are also organized where dance, drama, and other activities are enacted by the devotees of Lord Krishna. They also play with curd, and turmeric and give baths to the idols of Lord Krishna with milk.

Dwarka

The three places mentioned above are related to the growing stage of Lord Krishna. However, it was at Dwarka that Lord Krishna spent his last days. This place has its own significance in terms of the celebration of Janmashtami. Dwarka which is located in the state of Gujarat is believed to have been built by the brother of Lord Krishna, Balram. People here celebrate Janmashtami by singing, dancing, and organizing different kinds of events and feasts amongst each other.

Best temples to visit during Janmashtami

Banke Bihari Temple

PlaceVrindavan, Uttar Pradesh
ClimateAugust is a time of monsoon, temperature may vary from 26 degrees Celsius to 34 degrees Celsius
Nearest Railway StationMathura Junction, 9km
Nearest AirportAgra Airport, Delhi Airport
Activities to doExplore the temple, be part of the local traditions, listen to the stories about Lord Krishna, take photos, enjoy local cuisines, talk to the locals, etc.
What is unique?It is one of the 7 temples of Thakur of Vrindavan

Dwarkadish Temple

PlaceDwarka, Gujarat
Climatelittle rainfall throughout the year, the average annual temperature is 26.4 °C
Nearest Railway StationDwarka Junction, 2.5km
Nearest AirportPorbandar  Airport, 95km
Activities to dotake photos, enjoy local cuisines, talk to the locals, Explore the temple, be part of the local traditions, listen to the stories about Lord Krishna, etc.
What is unique?It is one of the four major pilgrimages of India

Krishna Balaram Mandir

PlaceVrindavan, Uttar Pradesh
Climatelocal steppe climate, little rainfall
Nearest Railway StationMathura Junction, 11km
Nearest AirportAgra  Airport, 73.6km
Activities to dotalk to the locals, Explore the temple, be part of the local traditions, take photos, enjoy local cuisines, listen to the stories about Lord Krishna, etc.
What is unique?It is the first and one of the main ISKCON temples in India

Jugal Kishore Temple

PlaceMathura, Uttar Pradesh
Climatelocal steppe climate, little rainfall
Nearest Railway StationMathura Junction, 14km
Nearest AirportAgra  Airport, 77km
Activities to dotalk to the locals, Explore the temple, be part of the local traditions, take photos, enjoy local cuisines, listen to the stories about Lord Krishna, etc.
What is unique?It has been built using Red sandstone

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Frequently asked questions about Janmashtami

What is special about Janmashtami?

Janmashtami is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. He is considered the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu and during this festival, people fast, sing, dance, and prepare special kinds of food.

Why does it always rain on Janmashtami?

There is no scientific explanation for this event. However, as Janmashtami falls during the rainy season, it is highly likely that it shall rain on that particular day. Many people also believe that God shed tears of joy to show their love for Lord Krishna.

Why does Janmashtami celebrate during the night?

Lord Krishna was born during the fortnight of Bhadrapada month. Therefore, Hindus keep fast during the whole day and it is only at night that they open their fast.

What should I wear on Janmashtami?

Most Hindus prefer wearing traditional attire on this particular day. Men generally wear Kurta pyjama and women go for sari, suit salwar, kurtis, lehengas, etc.

Who was the real mother of Lord Krishna?

Lord Krishna’s birth mother was Devaki who was the wife of Vasudev. However, he was raised by Yashoda, the wife of Ananda.

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