Showing posts with label Janmashtami. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Janmashtami. Show all posts

Hinduism - What Is The Festival Of Janmashtami?

Festival commemorating the birth of Lord Krishna on the eighth day (ashtami) of the dark (waning) half of the lunar month Bhadrapada (August–September).

This festival, like other Krishna-related festivals, is celebrated mostly in the Braj area, where Krishna is said to have resided, but it is also commemorated throughout the nation.

Since Krishna is claimed to have been born at midnight, devotees (bhakta) typically remain up late into the night, and the celebrations are sometimes punctuated by singing, chanting, parades, and plays portraying episodes in Krishna's life.

The Krishna lilas are performed at the town of Brindavan, which is historically thought to have been Krishna's boyhood home, during the month of Janmashtami.

Krishna is the ninth son of Devaki and Vasudeva, according to legend.

He is born in a jail in the city of Mathura, where Devaki's brother, the cruel king Kamsa, is holding his parents.

Kamsa has imprisoned the two in order to avoid being slain by his sister Devaki's eighth son, according to a prophesy.

When Krishna is born, wonderful things happen: the jailers go into a deep slumber, the closed prison doors suddenly open, and Vasudeva is able to take the newborn out of the prison to the house of the couple who would become his foster parents, Nanda and Yashoda.

That night, Vasudeva arrives with Yashoda's new-born baby daughter, who is really the goddess Bhadrakali in disguise.

The following morning, Kamsa murders the kid by slamming her on a stone, but a terrifying form of the Goddess emerges from the corpse, taunting Kamsa by informing him that the person who would kill him has already fled. 

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