Every year, the entire country gets into the spirit of celebrating the holy festival of Janmashtami. After all, why not? It is the birthday of Lord Krishna, who is honored for his mischief, his hard work, and the trust we place in his intercession and protection. Shrikrishna Jayani, also known as Gokulashtami, occurs on the Ashtami Tithi of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu calendar month of Bhadrapada.
“Janm” means “birth,” while “Ashtami” refers to the eighth. Lord Krishna was born on the eighth tithi and was the eighth son of Vasudev and Yashoda, making him the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. However, the precise date of this year’s festivities remains unclear. Fret not; Empire Weekly has all the answers to your questions about how to get in on the action and what time the festival begins. Just keep scrolling to find out.
When Is Krishna Janmashtami 2023?
The festival of Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated on the eighth day of the Bhadrapada month’s dark fortnight. According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Krishna was born in the Rohini Nakshatra on this day. This year, Janmashtami will last for two days because, as Drik Panchang predicted, both Rohini Nakshatra and Ashtami Tithi fall on Janmashtami at night.
While Ashtami Tithi begins at 3:37 p.m. on September 6 and ends at 4:14 p.m. on September 7, Rohini Nakshatra begins at 9:20 a.m. on September 6 and concludes at 10:25 a.m. on September 7. The festival of Janmashtami will thus span two days this year. While Janmashtami is on September 6, Dahi Handi celebrations will be held on September 7.
History And Significance Of Janmashtami
Hindu mythology states that Krishna was the eighth child of Princess Devaki of the Yadava clan and her husband, Vasudeva. To prevent the fulfillment of a prophecy that stated Devaki’s eighth son would kill him, Kansa, Devaki’s brother and the ruler of Mathura at the time, killed all of Devaki’s children. When Krishna was a baby, his father, Vasudeva, brought him to a friend’s house in the Mathura neighborhood of Gokul. Thus, Nanda and Yashoda raised Krishna in Gokul.
This year, the day coincides with two yogas, i.e., Ravi Yoga and Sarvatha Siddhi Yoga. On the day of Janmashtami, the practice of Sarvartha Siddhi Yoga will continue uninterrupted. It is widely held that the devotees will be showered with divine favor for any efforts they make during this time. While Ravi Yog’s morning shift begins at 6:01 and lasts until 9:20, respectively.
The festival is known by many names, including Krishnashtami, Janmashtami, Saatam Aatam, Asthami Rohini, Gokulasthami, Sree Jayanti, and Nandotsav.
Janmashtami Shubh Muhurat and Puja Timings
According to Drik Panchang’s calculations, Nishita Puja Time occurs on September 7 between the hours of 11:57 p.m. and 12:42 a.m. So, the best time to worship on Janmashtami is from 11:57 p.m. onward. At 12:42 a.m., the celebration of Laddu Gopal’s birthday and worship will come to a close. The Parana time will be at 4:14 p.m. on September 7.
Meanwhile, Janmashtami commemorates the birth of Lord Krishna. On this day, followers of Krishna honor the Lord in his youthful guises, Bal Gopal and Laddu Gopal. This year is considered to be Krishna’s 5250th birthday, according to Vedic chronology. Many activities are planned for this day, including going to temples, fasting, decorating, cooking special meals, and dressing up an idol of Lord Krishna.
Throughout the nation, people gather to celebrate the festival. Celebrations are held all over India, but especially in the cities of Mathura and Vrindavan, where it is said that Krishna was born and raised.