Janmashtami 2021 – Significance of Gokulashtami Festival, Date & Rituals

30 Aug 2021

Janmashtami 2021

The Hindu festival Krishna Janmashtami this year will be celebrated on August 30 2021. Krishna Jayanti or Janmashtami celebrates the birth of the famous Hindu God Lord Krishna. As per the Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna had descended on earth on the 8th day of the dark half of Saavan month, which is celebrated as Janmashtami.  

Janmashtami 2021 Date 

Nishita Puja Time - 12:17 AM to 01:03 AM, Aug 31

Duration - 00 Hours 46 Mins

Dahi Handi: Tuesday, August 31, 2021

A well-performed puja is needed for gaining the blessings of lord Krishna. You can perform a professional puja as it will be done according to the accurate rituals. 

Janmashthmi 2021 Fasting Rules 

No grains should be consumed during the fasting Krishna Janmashtami until the fast is broken on the next day after the sunrise. The rules which are followed on the Ekadashi fasting should be on the Janmashthmi. The devotees should have a single meal a day before this festival. On the fasting day, observe a long day fast and break it on the next day when both Rohini Nakshatra and Ashtami Tithi are over. Some devotees break the fast in either the completion of Rohini Nakshatra or Ashtami Tithi. 

Importance Of This Festival And History Surrounding Lord Krishna 

Lord Krishna, a name synonymous with love and affection in the Hindu culture, is regarded as the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Also known as Purna Purshottam, Lord Krishna is said to be the Supreme Person who knows it all, is all-powerful and yet very compassionate. Lord Krishna was the 8th child of His parents Devaki and Vasudeva, who were prisoners in Devaki's brother King Kansa's prison at the time of Krishna's birth. There was a prophecy that the evil Kansa would be killed by his sister's 8th child, hence Kansa had killed Devaki's first seven children. Vasudeva had taken his newborn to Vrindavan to protect Him from the fury of Kansa. 

Lord Krishna's Message In Bhagavad Gita 

It was implied in the prophecy that nobody would be able to alter destiny. This is an absolute truth which Lord Krishna has explained in Shree Bhagavad Gita, the very foundation of the Hindu culture. No relation, no emotion can stop Lord Krishna when He is out there to reinforce the eternal truth and to eliminate the evil. He also said this in Shree Bhagavad Gita -

Yada yada hi dharmasya glaanihi bhavati bharat | 

Abhyutthaanam adharmasya tadaa aatmanam srujami aham || 

 

Paritraanaaya saadhoonaam vinaashaay cha dushkrutam | 

Dharmsamsthaapanaarthaya sambhavami yuge yuge||  

"Whenever righteousness declines and unrighteousness grows in this world, the Almighty reveals His presence! The Supreme, though unborn and undying, becomes manifest in the human form to overthrow and defeat the forces of ignorance and selfishness."

The Rituals And Method Of Celebrating Krishna Janmashtami 2021

Since Janmashtami is the birthday of Lord Krishna, the pious day is celebrated with joy and laughter all over the world by Hindus every year. Men and women observe fast and follow rituals in the honour of Lord Krishna. The Holy cradle in the temple of Lord Krishna is decorated with beautiful items for Bal Krishna – the childhood avatar of Krishna. 

The Method Of Observing Fast And Offering Puja:

  • You need to start your fast at the sunrise and end it post-sunrise the next day. Follow all the rules, while keeping the fast. 
  • Once you are done with your morning routine, take a bath. Then recite 'Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaay" mantra as many times as possible. 
  • If you have an idol of Bal Krishna in your temple at home, you may decorate it with fancy clothes and jewellery, as per your will and capacity, and celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna at midnight. Offer panjiri – the traditional prasad associated with this festival - and white butter to Bal Krishna. 
  • Offer 52 bhog (food items) or available tasty dishes in the market to Bal Krishna the next day. You may end your Janmashtami fast and eat once you have offered food to Bal Krishna. 

Wishing Everyone Happy Krishna Janmashtami!

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