Janmashtami Celebrations

 

Janmashtami celebrations will round up the worship of Lord Krishna. Janmashtami is on 17th August 2014.There is hustle and bustle all over the country prior to the exact day. People go for shopping and purchase new clothes for themselves as well as for the newborn baby. On the Janmasthami day, sweets shops remain busy with new customers. People even prepare delicious and mouth watering dishes at home. They also make sweets at home. So, if you want to enjoy Janmashtami, come to Janmashtami celebrations with 123janmashtami.com.

Janmashtami celebrations are organized in a grand way in places like Vrindhavan, Mathura and Dwaraka. Besides, these are one of the most famous places of pilgrimage for Indians. Lord Krishna was born in Mathura and hence, people celebrate Janmashtami with great zest and fervor.


  • Bal Gopal is bathed at midnight, adorned with new 'pitambari' clothes (yellow-colored clothes) and cradled the whole night.
  • Bells ate rung and conches are blown, grand Janmashtami pooja takes place and arrti is performed.
  • Devotees fill the air Janmashtami bhajans and with resounding 'Hare Rama and Hare Krishna' words. In this, people celebrate Janmashtami pooja. They enjoy the birth anniversary of the Gopalji by dancing, singing and feasting. 

    Janmashtami Celebrations in Dwarka

    Dwarka, the city of Gold, is the abode of Lord Krishna and this is the place where he settled for around five thousand years before leaving Mathura.Dwarka means 'door to salvation'. It was in the state of Gujarat. In fact, Lord Krishna and his brother Balrama established the city. Legends have it that after the death of the Lord, the city got submerged in the sea. -
  • The Dwarkadheesh temple in Dwarka is very popular for its huge and grand Janmashtami celebration. Devotees from all the country visit the place during the month of Shravana to celebrate the anniversary of Lord Krishna.
  • The Aboti Brahmins of the city is known to perform the daily routine of the Janmashtami pooja. It is known as 'nitya kram' of the Lord.
  • The day of the Janmashtami celebration in Dwarka breaks with 'mangla aarti' performed in almost all the temples of the city. Then the brushing and cleaning of the Dwarkadheesh is done. And the darshans are allowed to devotees.
  • The God is also offered 'Banta Bhog' or milk and milk products. Then Lord is given holy bath. After this, the Lord is adorned with clothes and ornaments. And for a little while in the evening, the Lord is allowed to sleep. 
  • The actual Janmashtami celebration in Dwarka begins at around 11 pm. At this time, He is decked up with precious stones and diamonds.
  • He is offered 'utsav bhog' to eat. And then devotees are allowed to make their offerings.
  • At exact 12, aarti is performed and sung. The idol of the Lord is rocked in the bejeweled cradle. Even devotees are allowed one-by-one to rock the cradle and get blessed. Puja is completed after two hours and is rounded up with 'mahabhog' offered to the Lord.
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    Janmashtami Celebrations in Mathura

    Janmashtami celebration in Uttar Pradesh is a grand event. So, let us know about the Janmashtami celebrations in Uttar Pradesh (Mathura). The birth anniversary of Lord Krishna is celebrated with 'dhoom' all over the world. But the celebration in Mathura is colorful and splendid. The Janmashtami celebration in Mathura has a special significance in the Indian history. Actually, Mathura is the birthplace of the Lord and people attach special memories to the place. Indeed, the twin cities of Mathura and Brindavan or Vrindavan organize special Janmashtami 'jhankis' or tableau and enact dramas from the childhood of the God.
  • Mathura Janmashtami celebrations are filled with enjoyment and color. The Dwarkadheesh Temple in the town is brightly decorated for the Janmashtami midnight pooja. Jhulanotsava and Ghatas are the center of attraction for the Janmashtami celebration in Mathura.
  • Jhulanotsava is the cradle celebration of the town or the whole state. People gather to rock the cradle of the baby Krishna at midnight. This cradle is decked up with precious stones and jewelries.
  • Flowers are also used to decorate this special cradle. Ghatas is the unique festival of Mathura.
  • During the entire month of Shravana according to Hindu calendar, all the gods and goddesses and temples are decorated in the same color.
  • During the 'ghata', a single color is chosen and the whole temple coupled with the clothes of the deities are done up in that color for that spectacular Janmashtami decoration.
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    Janmashtami Celebrations in Gokul

    Janmashtami is also known as Krishnashtami or Gokulashtami. Lord Krishna was born in Mathura but was brought up in Gokul under the guidance of Yashoda and Nada. Probably, this is the reason that the birthday of Lord Krishna is also known as Gokulashtami. Let us know more about Gokul Janmashtami celebrations and about Janmashtami as a whole.
  • Janmashtami celebrations in Gokul are enjoyed for two days. In fact, various Hindu communities celebrate Janmashtami for two days
  • Legends have it that Lord Krishna was born at midnight so Vaishnavas celebrate the festival on the first day. Whereas Shaivyas celebrate it on the second day after midnight. Even the ISKCON celebrates Janmashtami on the second day i.e. the day after the birth of Lord Krishna
  • Gokul is the most celebrated of Shri Krishna's abode. The Janmashtami celebrations of Gokul marks the day full of Janmashtami pooja, ringing of bells, blowing of conches and organizing various cultural and religious events.
  • The dawn of the Janmashtami day breaks with bathing in holy water and assembling of the pooja items. People observe Janmashtami fast and prepare special food for the fast known as 'phalahaar'. While others enjoy delectable delicacies on the day.
  • People visit various temple situated in Gokul like Dwarika Nath and Balkrishna. They chant Sanskrit mantras in praise of the Lord and sing Lord Krishna bhajans till midnight. At midnight, the idol of the Lord is bathed with water of the River Ganges—the holy water, curd, buttermilk and honey. Then, the final puja is performed.
  • The baby Krishna is rocked in the silver cradle the whole night. The striking feature of the Janmashtami celebration in Gokul is the procession of Janmashtami 'jhankis' or tableau. -


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