When is Janmashtami?

Question: When is Krishna Janmashtami 2018?
Answer: Janmashtami falls on Monday, 3rd September, 2018


Janmashtami Dates

Sun Aug 17 2014 Janmashtami
Sat Sep 5 2015 Janmashtami
Thu Aug 25 2016 Janmashtami
Tue Aug 15 2017 Janmashtami
Mon Sep 03 2018 Janmashtami
Fri Aug 24 2019 Janmashtami
Wed Aug 12 2020 Janmashtami

Krishna Janmashtami Puja Muhurat

Birth Anniversary of Lord Krishna 5245th
Shubh Muhurat for Nishita Puja Time 23:54 to 24:41+
Total Duration for Nishita Puja Time 0 Hours 46 Mins
Parana Time After 21:35 on 3rd September
Parana Day Ashtami Tithi End Time 20:49
Parana Day Rohini Nakshatra End Time 21:35
Ashtami Tithi Begins 2nd September 2018 at 22:17
Ashtami Tithi Ends 3rd September 2018 at 20:49

What is Janmashtami?

  • It is believed that Shri Krishna took birth on the eighth day of half dark, that is, Krishna Paksha of the month of Shravana as per the Hindu Calendar.

  • Shri Krishna was the eighth incarnation of God Vishnu on earth who took birth purposely to kill Kansa, who had created a havoc in the city of Mathura.

  • King Kansa was already intimated, but couldn't revert his destiny. He knew that his sister's eighth son was going put an end to his life. He imprisoned Devaki and her husband for years till their eighth child was born. 

  • When it actually happened, the situation changed in a dramatic manner. The doors of the prison opened automatically and the father took baby Krishna to his friend and trustworthy Nanda. Since then, Krishna is widely known as the son of Yashoda & Nanda. 

Janmashtami Celebrations

  • Many people observe fast on the eve of Janmashtami, which is called as Saptami.

  • Devotees remain wide awake all night, dance in order to rejoice among themselves and sing in praise of Lord Krishna.

  • As soon as the clock strikes midnight, the ritual of bathing the idol with milk is performed. Then he is dressed in beautiful clothes and jewelry and is placed in the cradle to be worshiped.

  • Sweets are offered to the deity and then distributed among the devotees.

  • People indulge in a lot of interesting Janmashtami activities.

  • Krishna Bhaktas dance on the enchanting tunes of Krishna Bhajans.

  • They organize an exquisite show of Krishna Jhaankis, which portraits the Rasa Lila in a mundane way.

  • The most popular activity of Janmashtami is the custom of 'Dahi Handi'. Specially, in cities like Mumbai & Pune, this custom is celebrated with great fervor and therefore is organized on a grand level. The human tower trying to smash the Dahi Handi hanging on a high position above the ground is the most common scene on Janmashtami on every nook and corner.

  • The winning team wins great pizes. Although, the entire Hindu community is imbued with the colors of festivities of Janmashtam.

  • The charm of Vrindavan & Mathura celebrations has a new flavor altogether, being the hometown of Lord Krishna. 

Last Updated: 1st September, 2018