One of the most famous festivals celebrated across India is Lord Krishna’s Birthday Janmashtami in Mathura Vrindavan.
Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated on the Ashtami (eighth day) of Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in the month of Shravana or Bhadra (in the Hindu calendar, there is a leap month once every three years). When it comes to celebration, the Janmashtami celebration of Mathura is incomparable.
Dates and Times of Krishna Janmashtami
Here, are some of the important dates, times and events for Janmashtami:
|Sunrise||6 September, 2023||6:14 AM|
|Sunset||6 September 2023||6:36 PM|
|Nishita Kaal Begins||7 September 2023||12:02 PM|
|Nishita Kaal End||7 September 2023||12:48 PM|
|Ashtami Tithi Begins||6 September 2023||3:38 PM|
|Ashtami Tithi Ends||7 September 2023||4:14 PM|
|Rohini Nakshatra Begins||6 September 2023||9:20 PM|
|Rohini Nakshatra Ends||7 September 2023||10:25 AM|
|Parana Time||7 September 2023||6:14 AM|
Why People Celebrate Krishna Janmashtami
Lord Krishna, the Eighth Avatar of Lord Vishnu, Krishna was born in an era of chaos, persecution was rampant, freedoms were denied and evil was everywhere. He was the hope against these evils spreading all around the globe. He was Light in the Dark. Yes, the world knew now that there was someone who will remove them from this vicious cycle of Life and Death.
Krishna was born in Mathura and was raised by his foster parents Nanda and Jasoda. His birth is now celebrated all across the world by different names such as Krishnashtami, Saatam Aatham, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini, Srikrishna Jayanti, Sree Jayanti and many more.
How to Celebrate Krishna Janmotsav
Let’s make this holy festival more interesting with the blessings of Lord Krishna. Some of the things that you can do to celebrate the occasion in an interesting way!
One can perform activities such as Dance-drama, Puja, Night vigil, and Fasting. These activities are performed in order to please Lord Krishna.
Decorating your home for Shri Krishna can be a joyful activity, particularly for children. We can encourage them in helping to make garlands, hanging balloons and festoons of leaves. This would create a beautiful atmosphere at home.
You can listen to some of your favourite bhajans (devotional songs in praise of God) to sing. Krishna, also known as Murlidhara, or “one who holds the flute,” loves music. And so will your friends and family, as you take turns singing and playing instruments. Alternatively, play bhajan CDs and heighten the spiritual atmosphere.
If you have Radha-Krishna deities, get extra special new outfits for them. Exercise your creativity and pay special attention to decorating their altar.
Krishna Janmotsav Is Incomplete Without “Dahi Handi”
Dahi means “Yogurt” and Handi means “Earthen Pot“. Hence the term “Dahi Handi“.It is celebrated on the next day of Krishna Janmashtami.
People in India gather at the crossroads on this day. Usually, the time for Dahi Handi is Morning. At the crossroads, an earthen pot is hung at a height with the help of a rope. The Handi is filled with many things such as yogurt, butter, chocolates and many more. These are the favourite food items of Krishna.
The task is to break this handi by making a pyramid. The height of the Handi may vary. But the devotees are determined to perform the task. As the Handi breaks, the content spills over which is consumed as “Prashad” by the devotees. This is the theme of numerous reliefs on Hindu temples across India, as well as literature and dance-drama repertoire, symbolizing the joyful innocence of Bal Krishna.
Krishna Janmashtami in Mathura
Mathura is the birthplace of Lord Krishna and there is a grand celebration on Janmashtami. There are many rituals done on this day. The celebration starts from midnight as Lord Krishna was born at midnight. There are above 350 temples in Mathura and at all the temples of Mathura Krishna Janmastov is celebrated.
Krishna Janmashtami in Vrindavan
Vrindavan is the place where Krishna spent his Younger days. People say when Kansa knows about Lord Krishna that he is in Gokul at that time Kansa sent his army to kill Krishna. For that reason, Lord Krishna was sent to Vrindavan. Janmashtami in Vrindavan is celebrated with great joy and happiness in all the temples.
Places to visit in Mathura And Vrindavan
- Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple (Mathura)
- Dwarkadheesh Temple (Mathura)
- Birla Mandir (Mathura)
- Prem Mandir (Vrindavan)
- Shri Krishna Balram Temple (Vrindavan)
- Kans Quila
- Kusum Sarovar
- Vishram Ghat
- Maa Vaishno Devi Dham (Vrindavan)
- Kesi Ghat And Temple (Vrindavan)
- Seva Kunj Along with Nidhivan
- Radha Damodar Temple (Vrindavan)
Accommodation in Vrindavan/Mathura
Going to see Krishna Janmastov in Mathura and Vrindavan and searching for the best Dharamshalas in Mathura and Vrindavan at a budget price. Here, are the best options available to stay near a religious place with a serene atmosphere along with several facilities.
- Madhusudan Kripa Dharamshala, Mathura
- Shri Ram Bhavan, Mathura
- Maa Shridevi Kripa Kalpataru Ashram, Vrindavan
- Radhika Raman Ashram, Vrindavan
It’s that time of year again! Get excited for Krishna Janmashtami by learning about the date, time and other fun facts surrounding this holiday.