Krishna Janmashtami 2022 Date, Celebration, History and Significance: All you need to know

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”Occasion of the birth of Krishna”, also known simply as Janmashtami or Gokul Ashtami, is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu.

Janmashtami is the birth anniversary of the Hindu God Krishna. As per the Drik Panchang, Krishna Janmashtami falls on August 18, 2022. Devotees keep fast on this day and break it after Rohini Nakshatra and Ashtami tithi.

Individuals also follow certain rituals at midnight which involve sixteen steps that are part of the puja vidhi. It is one of the most important festivals for the people of India. The day has a lot of significance in holy places like Mathura and Vrindavan, where Krishna spent his childhood days.

Krishna Janmashtami 2022: Date and Time

  • Krishna Janmashtami: Thursday, August 18, 2022
  • Nishita Puja Time: 12:04 am to 12:48 am, August 19
  • Duration: 00 Hours 44 Mins
  • Dahi Handi: Friday, August 19, 2022
  • As per ISKCON, Krishna Janmashtami: Friday, August 19, 2022.
  • Nishita Puja Time: 12:04 AM to 12:47 AM, Aug 20
  • Duration: 00 Hours 44 Mins

WHICH IS THE CORRECT DATE FOR KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI 2022?

Krishna Janmashtami falls on two consecutive days. The first appears Smarta Sampradaya and the other is Vaishnava Sampradaya.

The reason behind the confusion regarding the date is due to the institution of Iskcon. Iskon is based on the concept of Vaishnava traditions and is one of the most commercialized religious institutions.

JANMASHTAMI 2022: HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE

  • Janmashtami occurs on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha or a dark fortnight in the month of Bhadrapada.
  • Krishna was the eighth child of Mata Devaki, which is the reason for the celebration of Janmashtami on the eighth day of Krishna Paksha.
  • The evil king Kansa was ruling Mathura and, in a desire to extend his empire, he made his sister marry Vasudeva, the Yadu king.
  • Later, his evil mindset of pleasing Vasudev with gifts continued. But he got a voice from heaven saying his deeds would come to an end with his sister’s eighth child.
  • Anyhow, he killed all the six children of the couple, Devaki and Vasudeva.
  • But somehow, through divine intervention, the seventh and eighth ones survived. And Krishna was the incarnation of Lord Vishnu and the living son of Devaki and Vasudeva.

JANMASHTAMI 2022: CELEBRATION

The day is celebrated across India with temples decorated beautifully dedicated to the life of Krishna. Krishna's idol is bathed in milk and water by dressing in new clothes.

Dahi handi is one of the important rituals where pots with butter and milk are hung on the streets of religious places.

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