Krishna Janmashtami or Janmashtami is a popular festival celebrated across India to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Vishnu’s eight incarnations – Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna is one which attracts and has a very pleasing personality. Hindus consider Krishna to be their leader, teacher, protector and friend. The festival has multiple names which include Saatam Aatham, Sri Krishna Jayanti, Gokulasthami, Shree Jayanti, Ashtami Rohini and Krishnashtami.
This year, Krishna Janamshtami will be celebrated on the 25th of August 2016. This year marks the 5243rd birth anniversary of the Lord Krishna. The months of August and September which are the months of Shravana is the time that this festival is celebrated. The festival is celebrated on the 8th day which is referred to ‘ashta’ which means eight. While the 25th of August 2016 will be celebrated as Krishna Janamashtmi, 26th of August will be celebrated as Dahi Handi.
Some people plan to fast on the day of Janmashtami. For those who plan on fasting, they should eat only a single meal on the previous day. On the day of Janmashtami, devotees take a vow to observe a one day long fast and decide to break it the next day only after Ashtami Tithi and Rohini Nakshatra is over. The fasting starts with the vow and this vow or Sankalpa should only begin after finishing all the morning rituals. The fast can be broken the next day after the sun rises. Nishita Kala is considered the most appropriate time to perform the Krishna Puja. As per the Vedic time keeping, the Nishita Kala is midnight time. During the Krishna Puja, all the sixteen steps of the Shodashopachar Puja Vidhi should be followed ritualistically. No grains should be consumed until the fast is broken. The fasting rules to be followed during Janmashtami are very similar to that of Ekadashi. Many devotees also continue fasting for two days. For devotees who cannot fast for two days, they should break their fast on the second day after sun rise as per the Dharmasindhu.
Celebrating Janmashtami At Home
While it is always good to visit Lord Krishna’s on the occasion of Janmashtami, you can still celebrate it at home if you cannot go to the temple. Start by inviting all your relatives and friends and get them to participate in the festive activities. Everyone can decorate the house with spiritual objects and make the atmosphere festive. Bring books with songs dedicated to Lord Krishna. You can also get audio CD’s with these spiritual songs. Read about Krishna’s childhood stores and celebrate the Abhishek ceremony by bathing the idols of Radha and Krishna in honey, ghee, yogurt, honey and holy water. Special dishes like kheer or sweet milk dishes are perfect to make this occasion successful.
The Muhurat For Krishna Janmashtami 2016
The Nishita Puja Timing – 24:00+ to 24:45+
Duration – 0 Hours 44 Minutes
On 26th (Dahi Handi) – Parana Time – After 10:52
*Parana refers to the breaking of the fast that a number of people keep on this auspicious day. It is very important to break the fast at the right time.