As per the Gregorian calendar, Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated in the month of August or September. This year, Shri Krishna Janmashtami will be celebrated on Monday, August 30, 2021. Read on to know more about the festival.
Krishna Janmashtami 2021: Krishna Janmashtami is one of the most significant festivals among Hindus as Lord Shree Krishna was born on this day as the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. According to the Hindu calendar, the festival is celebrated on the Ashtami of Krishna Paksha (waning phase of the Moon) or the 8th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Bhadrapad.
As per the Gregorian calendar, Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated in the month of August or September. Read on to know about Sri Krishna Janmashtami date, history and puja timing.
Shri Krishna Janmashtami 2021: Date
Shri Krishna Janmashtami date varies every year. Most of the time, the festival is listed on two consecutive days. The first one is for Smarta Sampradaya and the other one is for Vaishnava Sampradaya.
However, this year, Shri Krishna Janmashtami will be celebrated on Monday, August 30, 2021.
Shri Krishna Janmashtami 2021: Ashtami tithi
Ashtami Tithi begins at 11:25 PM on Aug 29, 2021, and ends at 01:59 AM on Aug 31, 2021.
Shri Krishna Janmashtami 2021: Nishita Puja time
The time to perform Krishna Puja is during Nishita Kaal which is midnight as per Vedic time-keeping. Nishita Puja time is from 11:59 pm to 12:44 AM, Aug 31. (Duration: 45 mins)
Why do we celebrate Krishna Janmashtami?
According to the legends, Lord Krishna was born to kill Kansa, the rule of Mathura. He was born to Devaki – the sister of Kansa– married to Kansa’s friend Vasudeva and after their marriage, a prediction was made that their eighth son would kill Kansa.
Following the prophecy, Kansa had imprisoned her sister Devaki and Vasudeva and killed all their sons. When the couple’s eighth child, baby Krishna, was born, Vasudeva managed to rescue the baby and handed him to his foster parents Nanda and Yashoda in Vrindavan.
Vasudeva returned to Mathura with a baby girl and handed her over to Kansa, however, when the king attempted to kill this baby too, she transformed into Goddess Durga, warning him about the impending doom that he was fated for. Years later, Lord Krishna visited Mathura and killed Kansa, thus ending his reign of terror.
Source : indiatoday.in