Read here some awesome facts about Krishna Janmashtami
Hey guys, wishing all of you a very Happy Janmashtami may Lord Krishna’s blessings be always with you. Today, taking the occasion into account, I’d like to share some interesting facts about Janmashtami:
A) The reason behind the 56 in ‘chappan bhog’
It is said that when Lord Krishna lifted Goverdhan on his little finger during the torrential rains in Vrindavan due to wrath of lord Indra, he didn’t have any meal for seven days, straight !! Also according to a legend, he used to eat 8 food items in a day so after the rains stopped Lord Krishna was served a meal of 56 items by the locals of Vrindavan as a gesture of gratitude. Hence an offering of chappan bhog is given to Lord Krishna on his birthday.
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B) The reason behind the name of festival
Lord Krishna was born on eighth day (ashtami) from the full moon of Shraavana. Hence the name, Janmashtmi. Its other names are Krishna Janmashtmi, Gokulashtami, Srikrishna Jayanti, Sree Jayanti and many more.
C) Celebrations all around the world
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Given that Janmashtmi is a Hindu festival it should be noted that it is celebrated in nations like Singapore, Canada etc.. Streets of Seragoon district become the busiest spot during the festival period. Janmashtmi is observed as a national holiday in Bangladesh. Pakistani Hindus too celebrate this festival with extreme fervor.
D) The reason behind the ‘Dahi-Handi’
We have all heard stories of Lord Krishna and his notorious activities in his childhood. Most famous among them was how he used to steal maakhan from the houses in his neighborhood?
He along with his friends would go to the houses and steal maakhan held up high by a rope structure by building a human tower. Similar events are organized in various states of India where ‘Dahi’ is kept in mud pitchers high up for people to create human towers and break the pitchers for various prizes.
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E) Ways of celebration
Indians majorly celebrate this festival by fasting for the entire day and only breaking it on midnight as Lord Krishna is believed to be born on the stroke of midnight. Most orthodox of devotees do not consume either food or water but nowadays most of the devotees consume both.
F) Celebration in temples
Janmashtami is seen as a huge festival in every temple of the nation especially the ones in Mathura and Vrindavan (Mathura has over 400 temples devoted to Lord Krishna). Temples are decorated from top to bottom, just like celebrating the birthday of a new born. Flowers and Lights are used for decoration purposes making the environment fragrant and holy.
So to sum up, Janmashtami is a hugely popular and widely celebrated festival of our country and it is not only celebrated in India but in other countries as well. A festival of such proportions is upon us and we, at SAIKISITE, wish you all a very Happy Janmashtmi.
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