Krishna Janmashtami or Janmashtami is an important Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, who is the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
When is Krishna Janmashtami 2019 ?
According to the Hindu calendar, the festival is celebrated on the Ashtami of Krishna Paksha or the 8th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Bhadon. Since the dates of this holy festival vary from one region to another, it will be celebrated on both 23rd and 24th August 2019.
The birth of Lord Krishna
According to mythological texts, Krishna was born to Devaki and Vasudev in a prison in Mathura at the stroke of midnight. To save him from the clutches of Kamsa, the cousin of Devaki, his father took him to Gokul by crossing the river overnight. There he was brought up by Yashoda and Nanda, his foster parents.
Celebration of Krishna Janmashtami 2019
Since Krishna was said to be born at the stroke of midnight, this festival is celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm, where people decorate their temples, homes and even their localities. Right from the midnight, ardent devotees of Krishna sing, pray, dance and enact the life of Lord Krishna.
To celebrate this holy day, all or most Krishna temples across India as well as in many foreign locations are beautifully decorated, processions are arranged, bhajans and kirtans are organised and kids dress up as gods and goddesses, especially as Lord Krishna himself. Temples and even some domestic households organise recitation of holy books Bhagavata Purana and Bhagavad Gita.
It is believed that Lord Krishna loved eating curd, butter and milk. He would steal it from his home and also from other people living near to his house. That is why Krishna is also called as ’Makhan chor’, the one who steals the Makhan.
Janmashtami 2019: Meaningful Quotes
Be fearless and pure; never waver in your determination or your dedication to the spiritual life. Give freely. Be self-controlled, sincere, truthful, loving, and full of the desire to serve. Learn to be detached and to take joy in renunciation. Do not get angry or harm any living creature, but be compassionate and gentle; show goodwill to all. Cultivate vigour, patience, will, purity; avoid malice and pride. Then, you will achieve your destiny. - Bhagavad Gita - Lord Krishna.
The mind acts like an enemy for those who do not control it. - Bhagavad Gita - Lord Krishna
The soul can never be cut to pieces by any weapon, nor burned by fire, nor moistened by water, nor withered by the wind - Lord Krishna
Do everything you have to do, but not with greed, not with ego, not with lust, not with envy but with love, compassion, humility and devotion - Lord Krishna
Jai Shri Krishna! May we all remember what Lord Krishna taught mankind in the Gita and may we always follow the path of dharma and keep on doing good karma. Happy Janmashtami.
Wherever there is Krishna, the master of all mystics and wherever there is Arjuna, the supreme archer, there will also certainly be opulence, victory, extraordinary power and morality. - From Bhagavad Gita 18.78, Srila Prabhupada
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