Happy Janmashtami! If you are a devotee of Lord Krishna, then you must be celebrating Krishna Janmashtami 2018 as well. The festival embarks the birth of Lord Krishna and is celebrated by devotees the world over. Though there are different customs related to this colorful festival that people follow in various regions. In this post, we will let you know about the customs of Krishna Janmashtami and its relevance. Also, we will share some thoughtful bhajans and devotional songs that you can play on this auspicious occasion as well.
Part 1. Janmashtami 2018 Date in India
Also known as Gokulashtami, the festival celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna. Since it is celebrated according to the Hindu calendar the exact date might vary each year. When is Janmashtami? Most of the times, it falls in either August or September. It falls on the 8th day (Ashtami) of the second fortnight (Krishna Paksha) of the Hindu calendar’s Shrawana month. This year, it will be celebrated on 2nd September. The birth is followed by Nandotsav the next day, which embarks all the major celebrations. This will be held on 3rd September this year.
Part 2. Why do We Celebrate Janmashtami
As you know, Janmashtami embarks the birth of Lord Krishna in this world, who is considered as the 8th incarnation of God Vishnu. According to the religious scripts, Krishna was born at the midnight of Janmashtami in Mathura, India. Soon after his birth, his father (Vasudeva) escaped from the imprisonment of King Kansa. Later, Krishna was placed in the home of his foster parents (Nanda and Yashoda) in Gokul.
Part 3. How to Celebrate Krishna Janmashtami
The festival is celebrated in different ways nationwide and even by numerous Krishna devotees the world over. Mostly, the devotees keep a fast on the day of Krishna’s birth in order to purify their body and soul. While some people only drink water the whole day, some eat raw fruits and vegetables as well. There are a few devotees who fast in silence too and only speak after the midnight.
The devotees break their fast on the midnight of Janmashtami (at the time of Krishna’s birth). This is done by singing religious and devotional songs about Krishna. Also, a vigil is maintained that is kept intact all night. Right after the midnight hours or in the next morning, a statue of baby Krishna (Kanha) is washed and decorated with new clothes. The statue is later placed on a small cradle to worship.
In the end, devotees share their fresh food with each other and break the fast while singing Krishna bhajans. The next day, numerous cultural events are organized and devotees visit each other to congratulate the birth of Lord Krishna. This year, the fast will be broken at the midnight of 2nd September, which would be followed by celebrations on 3rd September.
Part 4. Rasslila and Dahi Handi
Rasslila and Dahi Handi are the two most evident cultural events that happen during Krishna Janmashtami. In most of the northern and eastern states in India, Rasslila is organized in different parts of the city. Young boys and girls act the story of Lord Krishna and Radha through a musical. This includes classical Indian dance, music, and colorful costumes.
On the other hand, Dahi Handi is all about depicting the carefree and enthusiastic spirit of Janmashtami. A pot of Dahi (curd) is placed at a significant height in various neighborhoods. Different teams of Govindas (Krishna devotees) try to break the Handi (the curd pot) while making human pyramids. The team that breaks the Handi also wins the crowd and various prizes.
Part 5. Krishna Janmashtami Song and Bhajan
Any Indian festival is incomplete without the right music. To help you celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna with an utmost zest and zeal, we have listed the best of Janmashtami bhajan and song here.
1. Bada Natkhat Hai Krishna Kanhaiya
2. Paalan haare (from Lagaan)
3. Go Go Govinda (from Oh My God)
4. Woh Kisna Hai (from Kisna)
5. Radha Kaise Na Jale (from Lagaan)
6. Maiya Yashoda Ye Tera Kanhaiya (from Hum Saath Saath Hain)
7. Yashomati Maiyya Se (from Satyam Shivam Sundaram)
8. Choti Choti Gaiya Chote Chote Gwal
9. Shyam Teri Bansi Pukare Radha Naam
10. Achyutam Keshwavam Krishna Damodaram
We have handpicked our favorite Krishna Janmashtami songs and bhajans here. Some of them are Bollywood classics while a few of them are folk songs. You can listen to them on this Janmashtami and set the perfect ambiance for this auspicious day.
Part 6. Discover More Janmashtami Videos on Snaptube
Janmashtami is a festival celebrated with family and friends. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for short Janmashtami videos to share with your friends on WhatsApp or if you want to listen to a Krishna bhajan, Snaptube will fulfill every requirement of yours. This freely available Android app has integrated numerous video and social platforms together. Therefore, you can easily discover all kinds of content on Snaptube for free.
It will let you download short videos regarding Janmashtami greetings that you can share with your loved ones on social apps. Also, you can look for various kinds of devotional songs on the app and listen to them as many times as you want. Go ahead and download it on your Android device for free and enjoy this auspicious day with your friends and family!
updated by Chief Editor on Aug 29, 2018