Lucknow: The Krishna Janmashtami falls on 11 and 12 August for the year 2020. The festival which is known simply as Janmashtami or Gokulashtami is a Hindu festival which celebrates the birth of eighth incarnation of Vishnu, Shri Krishna, the one considered to be the Supreme lord. The festival is observed according to the Hindu luni-solar calendar, on the eighth day (Ashtami) of Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) with Rohini Nakshatra period believed to be an auspicious time.
This year Janmashtami has a different poojan muhurta, which makes the festival continue on two consecutive days. The Ashtami tithi begins at 6:17am on August 11 and ends on August 12 morning at 8 am whereas the Rohini Nakshatra this year falls after midnight of August 12 which extends the celebration for two days. In such a case the ‘Grihastha’ can celebrate Janmashtami at midnight 12 after the moonrise at 11:21pm.
With this change in coincidence of Ashtami and Rohini Nakshatra the festival will be celebrated for two days. The events this year related to Janmashtami poojan in famous temples will be conducted online.
Begins at 6:17am on August 11- Ends at August 8am on August 12.
Begins at 1:28am –Ends at 3:14am (August 12 midnight leading to the mrning of August 13)
Krishna Janmashtami significance
Krishna was born to Devaki and Vasudeva Anakdundubhi in Mathura at midnight. At that time, Devaki and Vasudeva were imprisoned by Kansa, Devaki’s brother. Krishna was born in a chaotic place and his life was in threat by his own maternal uncle Kansa. Kansa was suffering an insecurity as he was made aware that Krishna would become a reason of his death.
With this threat on Krishna, Vasudeva immediately after Krishna’s birth takes him across to Yamuna River, to foster parents in Gokul, Nanda and Yashoda. Back in the process, when Vasudeva left Mathura with Krishna, the doors of the prison opened magically and the guards slept which eased it for Vasudeva to carry Krishna. This is believed to be the divinity of Shri Krishna.
Also, Vasudeva carried Shri Krishna on his head while crossing the river amid heavy rains. The water level kept on rising until it reached Vasudeva’s neck. Thereafter, with a touch of Shri Krishna’s feet on the river Yamuna, the level went down. Krishna was a dear to his foster parents in Gokul as well. The story of Shri Krishna continues from here till the period of Mahabharata and even further.
The festival remains of major importance every year as Shri Krishna is considered the Supreme personality of Godhead. The festival involves devotional singing through the midnight, a night vigil or jagaran, and celebrations along with fasting. Statues of baby Krishna are washed and clothed, and placed in a cradle. Women also draw tiny footprints outside their house as a mark of Krishna’s journey into their homes.