Janmashtami (also known as Krishnastami or Gokulastami) is a festival dedicated to Lord Sri Krishna and commemorates his birth.
His birthday falls on the eight day (Ashtami of Krishna Paksh) of a lunar fortnight i.e. 8th day after Raksha Bandhan, hence it is named as (Krishna+ashtami) which comes sometime in August and is celebrated over two days.
The first day is Krishnashtami or Gokulashtami. The second day is called Kalastami or more popularly Janmashtami.
At midnight between the first and second days the birth of Lord Krishna is replicated with pomp and ceremony. Delicacies are prepared from milk and curds that Krishna loved. The more popular ceremony of Dahi-handi (breaking a pot full of milk and its derivatives} takes place on the second day.
|The temples of Vrindavan witness an extravagant and colourful celebration on this occasion. The image of the infant Krishna is bathed at midnight and is placed in a cradle, amidst the blowing of conch shells and the ringing of bells. Devotional songs and dances mark the celebration of this festive occasion all over Northern India.|
|Beliefs : Sri Krishna, the ninth incarnation of Lord Vishnu is the most popular avatar and all other deities are regarded as his manifestation. His story and his exploits(leela) are numerous and very well known. To the Hindu, he is the supreme statesman, warrior, hero, philosopher, teacher and god himself.|