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Every year, on Janmashtami (August 14 this year), we celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna. He was born on ‘ashtami’, that is, the eight day of the holy month, Shravana (as per the Hindu Lunar calendar).
On Janmashtami, people excitedly discuss the story of his birth and the amazing circumstances that surrounded it. In many Indian homes, idols of baby Krishna are bathed in milk, honey and water, and dressed in new clothes. Devotees also visit temples and offer prayers to Krishna.
Krishna Janmashtami Day : 14 Aug 2017 (Today)
Significance of Janmashtami
The Kingdom of Mathura was under deep peril and misery under the rule of King Kansa. This year Janmashtami will be taking place on August 14, 2017 (Monday) marking Lord Krishna’s 5244 birth anniversary. The merciless king had a sister known as Princess Devaki, whom he loved dearly. The merciless king took over the loving brother and he immediately threw Devaki and Vasudev into the prison or ‘Karaghar’. He was born at midnight to Devaki and Vasudeva in jail, (his evil uncle, Kamsa had kept them as prisoners). Vasudeva later carried baby Krishna to his foster parents, Nandbaba and Mata Yashodha.
He married his little sister to Vasudeva with much splendor and magnificence, when suddenly the cloud roared with a prophecy that the eight son of Devaki and Vasudev would be the cause of his death. According to the Hindu Luni-Solar Calendar, Krishna Janmashtami takes place on Ashtami, the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) that falls in the Bhadrapada month. Bhadrapada is the overlapping time between August and September of the Gregorian calendar.