Krishna Janmashtami 2022: Know its Date, History and Significance
The occasion of Janmashtami is the celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna, who is Lord Vishnu’s eighth manifestation on Earth. The birth of Lord Krishna represents the triumph of good over evil. In some areas, it is also known as Gokulashtami or Shri Krishna Jayanthi. The Hindu calendar states that Janmashtami is observed on Ashtami, the eighth day of Krishna Paksha, which falls in the month of Shravana or Bhadra (in the Hindu calendar, there is a leap month once every three years).
Janmashtami 2022 Mahurat:
The Ashtami Tithi begins on August18,2022, at 9:20 p.m.
The Ashtami Tithi ends at 10:59 PM on August19, 2022.
Story Behind Krishna Janmashtami:
Lord Krishna is the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu and the one who delivered the Bhagwat Gita, which contains the fundamental teachings that all Hindus should follow.
Krishna was the seventh child, according to folklore, born to Vasudeva, and Princess Devaki. In order to avoid a prophecy that predicted Kansa would be murdered by Devaki’s eighth son, Devaki’s brother Kansa, who was the king of Mathura at the time, slaughtered all of the children that Devaki bore.
However, on the night of Krishna’s birth, a brilliant light flooded the jail, and Vasudeva was startled out of his sleep by a supernatural voice instructing him to take Krishna over the Yamuna and leave him with his good friend Nandraja, the leader of the Gopa tribe. Baby Krishna was surreptitiously transported across the Yamuna River by Vasudeva, who then switched the infant for Nandraja’s daughter. When Kansa attempted to kill the exchanged infant, it transformed into Goddess Durga and informed him that his death had arrived in his realm and would return back to punish Kansa for his actions.
Given that he would have slain him without a doubt if his killer had been born within the prison, Kansa felt confident that the prophecy might not be fully accurate. Finally, Vasudeva and Devaki were set free by Kansa, who allowed them to reside in a different palace.
When the kingdom learned of Nandraja and Yashoda’s son’s birth a few days later, everyone was gushing about the child’s special twinkle, how joyful he was all the time, and how just having him around brought happiness to everyone. Little Krishna was raised at Gokul, far from the commotion of Mathura, where he was oblivious of his destiny.
Rituals of Krishna Janmashtami:
On this day, when Lord Krishna was born, people around the nation who observe Sri Krishna Jayanti observe fasts until midnight. The idol of the deity is kept in a miniature cradle as a representation of His birth, and prayers are offered. On this day, Bhagvad Gita recitals and bhajans are performed. People go to temples to ask Lord Krishna for his blessings.
Bearing in mind Krishna’s early encounters with cows. A variety of dairy products are prepared, including butter, pedas (milk-based sweets), panjiri (dry-fruit-based sweets), kheer (sweet pudding), and fried snacks like sabudana vada, sweet and salty seedai, and thattai (made of rice and Bengal gramme flour).
Hindu temples tell the well-known story of Shri Krishna’s birth, and followers stage plays, Sri Krishna Leela and dance performances based on his life.
Popular “Dahi-Handi” ceremony is also held on this day. Boys gather in a compound and form a human pyramid in order to smash the clay pot, which is placed 20–30 feet above the ground. The groups are called handis or mandals, and the person at the top is referred to as Govinda. This is done as a tribute to Lord Krishna, who has been called the Makhan Chor with affection ever since he was a young child who stole butter.
People from various backgrounds gather for this holy occasion. Krishna Janmashtami thus stands for religion and community. Preserver of Dharma and slayer of Adharma.