Happy Janmashtami


Janmashtami is a popular festival of the Hindus that revolves around the celebration of the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. This festival usually falls in the month of August or September. In 2018, it is going to be celebrated on Sunday , 2 September.

About Lord Krishna and Janmashtami History

Krishna is considered to be one of the most powerful incarnations of Lord Vishnu, who was born into this world to help people get rid of evil demons. Janmashtami’s history dates back to several thousands of years when Lord Krishna was born to Devaki and Vasudevaa, who were imprisoned by his maternal uncle Kansa, the king of Mathura.



Lord Krishna's Childhood Days

  • There are various stories of Lord Krishna, which speak about his feats during his childhood. According to one such story, Krishna had killed lady demon, Putna and various other demons like Trunavarta, Aristhasur, and Keshi. He’s also famous for killing Kaliya Nag in order to remove poison from the river Yamuna.
  • As a child, Krishna was mischievous and adept at stealing curd and butter and playing pranks with the girls of the village. He mesmerized the village girls and ladies with the music of his flute and his cosmic dances. He spent 3 years and 4 months of his childhood in Gokul after which he went to Vrindavan and stayed there until he was 6 years and 8 months old.
  • One of the most exciting stories about Krishna’s childhood is that he lifted the Govardhana hill with his finger so as to protect the villagers of Vrindavan from the rain caused by Lord Indra. Krishna then stayed in Nandagram for 10 years after which he returned to Mathura. Next, he killed Kamsa and freed his parents from the prison. He made Ugrasena the king of Mathura and completed his education during his stay there.
Lord Krishna's Childhood Days

About Lord Krishna's Teachings

  • Lord Krishna emphasized on the fact that one should get rid of emotional attachments, as they are considered as illusions or Maya. He believed that every living or non-living object born on Earth must be free from worldly things and they should submit to God. Lord Krishna gave emphasis on the benefit of meditation, as he felt that it was a way of looking into our inner selves. He also asked everyone to get rid of materialistic things in the world.
  • Lord Krishna stressed on the spread of love and peace. He wanted people to move along the path of righteousness (or Dharma) and good deeds in order to attain salvation. Lord Krishna also emphasized on the concept of Satsanga; thus, he advised people to remain in the company of sadhus.
  • Due to the profound impact he had on the Hindus, Lord Krishna is widely worshipped by one and all. His birthday is celebrated as the Janmashtami, which usually falls on the 8th day of the Krishna Paksha during the month of Bhadrapada in the Hindu calendar.
About Lord Krishna's Teachings

About Janmashtami Rituals

Below, you will find information about the rituals performed on Janmashtami:

Fast & Pooja or Pooja Ideas

On the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami, the devotees of Lord Krishna observe fast and offer prayers in their own unique ways. There are devotees who observe fast even without pouring a single drop of water. Two types of fast observed on Janmashtami include Nirjal Fast and Phalahar Fast. While the former one doesn’t allow the devotees to consume water and any form of food, the latter one is lenient, allowing devotees to consume milk and fruits. Coming to the pooja part, it is believed that devotees who perform the Janmashtami pooja at sharp 12:00 am receive Lord Krishna’s blessings.

Puja Samagri for Janmashtami

  • Milk
  • Sweets
  • Juices
  • Ganga Jal
  • Saffron
  • Rose water
  • Camphor
  • Coconuts
  • Flowers for performing the pooja
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Fast & Pooja or Pooja Ideas

Chanting Mantras

A special highlight of Janmashtami is the ritual that includes chanting of mantras and shlokas describing the qualities and feats of Lord Krishna. An important ritual held during Janmashtami includes the chanting of 108 names of the Lord.

Mantras

कृष्णाय वासुदेवाय हरये परमात्मने। प्रणत क्लेशनाशाय गोविन्दाय नमो नम:॥

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Om hrim shrim shriye fat

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Om Vasudevay Namah


Dahi Handi Ceremony

This is one of the most popular Janmashtami rituals. The Dahi Handi ritual is performed as an act of remembrance of Lord Krishna's love for milk and butter products. In his childhood, the Lord used to get into the houses of his neighbors to look for butter and other milk products. 

In the Dahi Handi ceremony, the devotees of Lord Krishna fill an earthenware pot with fruits and milk products including butter. Then they suspend the pot from around 20 to 40 feet. The devotees form a human pyramid such that the person on the topmost position breaks the pot and claims the items in it. In most cases, the prize money is tied to the rope from which the pot is hung. The devotees forming the pyramid are usually allowed to divide this money among them.

Dahi Handi Ceremony

108 Different Names of Lord Krishna

Sr. No. NAME MEANING
1. Adbhutah Wonderful God
2. Ajanma One Who Is Limitless And Endless
3. Achala Still Lord
4. Adidev The Lord Of The Lords
5. Aditya The Son Of Aditi
6. Achyuta Infallible Lord
7. Ajaya The Conqueror Of Life And Death
8. Akshara Indestructible Lord
9. Amrut One Who Is Sweet As Nectar
10. Anaadih One Who Is The First Cause
11. Anandsagar Compassionate Lord
12. Ananta The Endless Lord
13. Anantajit Ever Victorious Lord
14. Anaya One Who Has No Leader
16. Aniruddha One Who Cannot Be Obstructed
16. Aparajeet The Lord Who Cannot Be Defeated
17. Avyukta One Who Is As Clear As Crystal
18. Balgopal The Child Krishna, The All Attractive
19. Bali The Lord Of Strength
20. Chaturbhuj Four-Armed Lord
21. Danavendra Granter Of Boons
22. Dayalu Repositiory Of Compassion
23. Dayanidhi The Compassionate Lord
24. Devadidev The God Of The Gods
25. Devakinandan Son Of Mother Devaki
26. Devesh Lord Of The Lords
27. Dharmadhyaksha The Lord OF Dharma
28. Dwarkapati Lord Of Dwarka
29. Gopal One Who Plays With The Cowherds
30. Gopalpriya Lover Of Cowherds
31. Govinda One Who Pleases The Cows, The Land And The Entire Nature
32. Gyaneshwar The Lord Of Knowledge
33. Hari The Lord Of Nature
34. Hiranyagarbha The All Powerful Creator
35. Hrishikesh The Lord Of All Senses
36. Jagadguru Preceptor Of The Universe
37. Jagadisha Protector Of All
38. Jagannath Lord Of The Universe
39. Janardhana One Who Bestows Boons On One And All
40. Jayantah Conqueror Of All Enemies
41. Jyotiraaditya The Resplendence Of The Sun
42. Kamalnath The Lord Of Goddess Lakshmi
43. Kamalnayan The Lord With Lotus Shaped Eyes
44. Kamsantak Slayer Of Kamsa
45. Kanjalochana The Lotus-Eyed God
46. Keshava One Who Has Long, Black Matted Locks
47. Krishna Dark-Complexioned Lord
48. Lakshmikantam The Lord Of Goddess Lakshmi
49. Lokadhyaksha Lord Of All The Three Lokas (Worlds)
50. Madan The Lord Of Love
51. Madhava Knowledge Filled God
52. Madhusudan Slayer Of Demon Madhu
53. Mahendra Lord Of Indra
54. Manmohan All Pleasing Lord
55. Manohar Beautiful Lord
56. Mayur The Lord Who Has A Peacock Feathered-Crest
57. Mohan All Attractive God
58. Murali The Flute Playing Lord
59. Murlidhar Murlidhar One Who Holds The Flute
60. Murlimanohar Murlimanohar The Flute Playing God
61. Nandgopala  The Son Of Nand
62. Narayana The Refuge Of Everyone
63. Niranjana The Unblemished Lord
64. Nirguna Without Any Properties
65. Padmahasta One Who Has Hands Like Lotus
66. Padmanabha The Lord Who Has A Lotus Shaped Navel
67. Parabrahmana The Supreme Absolute Truth
68. Paramatma Lord Of All Beings
69. Parampurush Supreme Personality
70. Parthasarthi Charioteer Of Partha - Arjuna
71. Prajapati Lord Of All Creatures
72. Punyah Supremely Pure
73. Purshottam The Supreme Soul
74. Ravilochana One Who Eye Is The Sun
75. Sahasraakash Thousand-Eyed Lord
76. Sahasrajit One Who Vanquishes Thousands
77. Sahasrapaat Thousand-Footed Lord
78. Sakshi All Witnessing Lord
79. Sanatana The Eternal Lord
80. Sarvajana Omniscient Lord
81. Sarvapalaka Protector Of All
82. Sarveshwar Lord Of All Gods
83. Satyavachana One Who Speaks Only The Truth
84. Satyavrata The Truth Dedicated Lord
85. Shantah Peaceful Lord
86. Shreshta The Most Glorious Lord
87. Shrikanta Beautiful Lord
88. Shyam Dark-Complexioned Lord
89. Shyamsundara Lord Of The Beautiful Evenings
90. Sudarshana Handsome Lord
91. Sumedha Intelligent Lord
92. Suresham Lord Of All Demi-Gods
93. Swargapati Lord Of Heavens
94. Trivikrama Conqueror Of All The Three Worlds
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95. Upendra Brother Of Indra
96. Vaikunthanatha Lord Of Vaikuntha, The Heavenly Abode
97. Vardhamaanah The Formless Lord
98. Vasudev All Prevailing Lord
99. Vishnu All Prevailing Lord
100. Vishwadakshinah Skilfull And Efficient Lord
101. Vishwakarma Creator Of The Universe
102. Vishwamurti The Form Of The Entire Universe
103. Vishwarupa One Who Displays The Universal Form
104. Vishwatma Soul Of The Universe
105. Vrishaparvaa Lord Of Dharma
106. Yadavendra King Of The Yadav Clan
107. Yogi The Supreme Master
108. Yoginampati Lord Of The Yogis

Janmashtami brings joyous moments for the devotees of Lord Krishna. They have a great time offering prayers to the Lord, and indulge in festive celebrations on this special occasion.

Last Updated: 26th July, 2018