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Krishna Janmashtami 2019: Date, Celebration, Fasting, Story, Significance And Quotes

Written by Astha Sharma

Krishna Janmashtami 2019 Date, Celebration, Fasting, Story, Significance: Krishna Janmashtami festival is ahead and all Hindus are really excited to celebrate it. The day signifies the birth of Lord Krishna. According to Hindu mythology, he was the 8th avatar of Lord Vishnu on the earth to remove the sufferings from the life of their devotees. He had numerous names like Krishna, Gopala, Govind, kanhaiya and many more. He has all total of 108 names. The festival is celebrated by the people of the Hindu religion. He is worshipped since ancient times for his different roles and teaching in Bhagwad Geeta.

Krishna Janmashtami 2019 Celebration Date

Krishna Janmashtami will be celebrated on 24th August 2019. According to the Hindu calendar, Lord Krishna was born on Ashtami (8th day) in the Krishna paksha in the month of Shravan at dark midnight. Moreover, the time of pooja will be only for 45 minutes from 12:07 a.m. to 12:52a.m.in the night.

Krishna Janmashtami Celebration and Fasting in Vrindavan

Married women keep a hard fast on this day to get a child-like Lord Krishna while the unmarried women also do the same. They can only break their fast only when the Ashwani tithi gets over.

The day is celebrated with a fast and with the number of activities to commemorate the birth of Lord Krishna. Devotees make a colored jhula for the Lord and also decorate it using flowers. They leave it as it is to honor the Lord on his birth. In some places, it is celebrated organizing rasleelas and Dahi Handi to show the great level of dramatic performances.

Since Mathura is the birth place of Lord Krishna thus the people there get very excited when the festival comes closer. Devotees here give bath to infant Krishna and offers Chappan bhog. After the pooja, this Prashad is distributed. The whole city is decorated with flowers, jewelry, and lights. The children take part in jhanki showcasing the life of Krishna.

In Dwarka, the celebration is also done with full enthusiasm and in a unique way.  This place is the kingdom of Krishna. Here the celebration takes place by organizing Dahi Handi competitions. In this, a small boy climbs the height to break the earthen pot containing dahi.

In Vrindavan, people celebrate the day in Banke Bihari Temple. It is decorated and rasleela is organized there. People get gathered over there for the celebration.

Krishna Janmashtami 2019: Date, Celebration, Fasting, Story, Significance And Quotes

The Story behind the birth

Long back ago, Kansa used to be the King of Mathura and he was a cousin brother to Devki. He always loved her sister very much and never kept her sad. Once he got a warning from a hidden voice in the sky that the eighth son of Devki will be the killer of Kansa. Since then Devaki and her husband were imprisoned. Kansa was killing all of her sons. But when Lord Krishna took birth then something miraculous happened. All the doors were open and guards were sleeping. Then Vasudev decided to take away his child to save his life.  He kept him in a small basket and took him to his friend Nand at Gokul crossing the ocean in the rain at midnight. He got with himself a girl child who was born to Yashoda and Nand. When Kansa arrived he found that Devaki has given birth to a girl child but Kansa tried to kill her. She was Maa Durga who again warned Kansa that Devki’s son is alive. Afterward when Krishna grown-up came to rescue his parents from Kansa and killed him.

Krishna Janmashtami Quotes from Bhagwad Gita

There is a number of quotes for Lord Krishna like as given here.

  • The wise sees knowledge and action as one; they see truly.” – Bhagavad Gita
  • “A gift is pure when it is given from the heart to the right person at the right time and at the right place, and when we expect nothing in return.” – Bhagavad Gita
  • In battle, in the forest, at the precipice in the mountains, On the dark great sea, in the midst of javelins and arrows, In sleep, in confusion, in the depths of shame, The good deeds a man has done before defend him.” – Bhagavad Gita
  • The mind is restless and difficult to restrain, but it is subdued by practice.” – Bhagavad Gita

These quotes are mentioned as it is in Bhagwad Gita.

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