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Krishna Janmaashtami 2024 Date Shubh Muhurat, Puja Timing, About Festival

Krishna Janmashtami is a joyous Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, a revered deity. It usually falls in August or September and this year it falls on 26th August 2024. The day is marked with devotion, fasting, and vibrant celebrations. Devotees observe a day-long fast, breaking it at midnight, the supposed time of Krishna’s birth. Homes and temples are adorned, and people engage in devotional singing and dancing.

The tale of Lord Krishna’s birth and childhood exploits, particularly the episode of stealing butter (Makhan Chor), is recounted. In some regions, elaborate plays depicting these stories, called ‘Krishna Leela,’ are performed. Temples are illuminated, and devotees seek Lord Krishna’s blessings for a blessed and prosperous life. The festival brings communities together, fostering a sense of unity and devotion among people of all ages.

Krishna Janmashtami

Krishna Janmaashtami 2024 Puja Date and Time

Krishna Janamashtmi 2024

Event Date & Time Day
Krishna Janamashtmi 2024 August 27, 2024 Monday
Nishita Puja Time 12:01 AM to 12:45 AM on Aug 27, 2024 Tuesday
Dahi Handi
Dahi Handi August 27, 2024 Tuesday
Parana as per Dharma Shastra
Parana Time after 03:38 PM, Aug 27 Tuesday
On Parana Day Rohini Nakshatra End Time 03:38 PM Wednesday
Alternate Parana as per Dharma Shastra
Parana Time after 05:57 AM, Aug 27 Tuesday
Parana can be done on next day sunrise after Deva Puja, Visarjan etc.
Parana as per modern tradition in society
Parana Time after 12:45 AM, Aug 27 Tuesday
at many places in India, Parana is done after Nishita i.e. Hindu midnight

Facts About Krishna Janmaashtami 2024

  1. Birth of Lord Krishna: Krishna Janmashtami celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, considered the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. It typically falls in August or September of the Gregorian calendar.
  2. Midnight Celebrations: Lord Krishna is believed to have been born at midnight. Devotees observe special prayers and rituals during this time, marking the auspicious moment of his birth.
  3. Dahi Handi Tradition: Dahi Handi, a popular tradition during Janmashtami, involves forming human pyramids to reach and break a pot filled with curd, symbolizing the playful nature of the young Lord Krishna.
  4. Devotional Singing and Fasting: Devotees engage in devotional singing, known as bhajans and kirtans, expressing their love for Krishna. Many also observe a day-long fast, breaking it only at midnight.
  5. Decorated Temples and Cradles: Temples are adorned with colorful decorations, and cradles with images or idols of baby Krishna are set up to recreate the divine moment of his birth. Devotees participate in special aarti (prayer) ceremonies during the festivities

Krishna Janamashtami Story

The story of Krishna Janmashtami is rooted in Hindu mythology and centers around the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. According to the Bhagavad Gita and various Puranas, Lord Krishna was born in the city of Mathura to King Vasudeva and Queen Devaki. The kingdom was under the tyrannical rule of Devaki’s brother, King Kansa.

Long before Krishna’s birth, a prophecy warned Kansa that he would be killed by Devaki’s eighth son. Fearing his demise, Kansa imprisoned Devaki and Vasudeva. However, with divine intervention, the prison doors opened, and Vasudeva managed to carry baby Krishna across the Yamuna River on the night of his birth. In Gokul, Krishna was raised by Nanda and Yashoda, his foster parents.

Krishna’s childhood is adorned with various leelas (divine play), including his playful antics, the enchanting Raas Leela with the gopis (milkmaids), and his miraculous feats like lifting the Govardhan Hill.

Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated to commemorate the divine birth of Lord Krishna, emphasizing his teachings of righteousness, love, and devotion as illustrated in the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita. Devotees observe fasts, sing devotional songs, visit temples, and participate in lively celebrations to honor the beloved deity on this auspicious day.


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