Janmashtami 2022 Date, History, Significance, and how to celebrate

The Hindu festival of Janmashtami, which honors the birth of Lord Krishna, is particularly auspicious. Krishna was Lord Vishnu’s human incarnation, according to Hindu mythology.

Date and time of Janmashtami 2022

The celebration of Krishna Janmashtami is very important in Mathura and Vrindavan since it is believed that Lord Krishna was born there and spent his entire childhood there. Gokulashtami is another name for Krishna Janmashtami.

And this year, Ashtami Tithi starts from 9:20 p.m. on August 18 till 10:59 p.m. on August 19, 2022.

History of Janmastami

Lord Krishna, who was born to Devaki and Vasudeva in Mathura, was Lord Vishnu’s eighth manifestation. When Lord Krishna was born, Kansa, (Devaki’s brother) was the king of Mathura.

It was predetermined that Devaki and Vasudev’s eighth child would be the cause of Kansa’s downfall and death, thus Kansa planned to kill all of the couple’s children.

Knowing this, Kansa imprisoned Devaki and Vasudeva. He used to kill each and every newborn child of the couple, including 6 of Devaki’s unborn babies. Mystically, the seventh unborn baby of Devaki was transferred from Devaki’s womb to Princess Rohini’s. He was later named Balram, the older brother of Lord Krishna.

When the couple’s eighth child was born, the entire palace fell asleep. Vasudeva saved the kid and took it to Nand Baba and Yashodha’s home in Vrindavan.

He eventually exchanged the kids, and Vasudeva carried a newborn baby girl to the palace to give to Kansa. When the evil king attempted to kill the child, the baby transformed into the Goddess Durga and forewarned him of his impending doom.

And Lord Krishna lived his entire childhood in Vrindavan, where he protected the locals from evil and dangerous beasts. After leaving Vrindavan, he proceeded to Mathura, where he eventually killed the cruel Kansa in accordance with destiny.

Significance of Janmastami

Krishna Janmashtami is the most auspicious day for Krishna devotees, as they fast and pray to Lord Krishna to protect them from evil and bless them with good fortune and health.

People use flowers and colors to decorate their homes and temples. Raslila is also performed by Krishna devotees to recreate incidents from Lord Krishna’s life and to commemorate his love for Radha.

Because Lord Krishna was born at midnight, a baby Krishna idol is bathed and placed in a cradle at that time. And after offering up all the dishes to Krishan, the devotees break their fast.

How to Celebrate Janmashtami

Because India is such a diverse country, different parts of the country celebrate Krishna Janmashtami in a variety of ways.

In Maharashtra, people celebrate it by performing Dahi-Handi. Because Lord Krishna loved butter and buttermilk, young people form a human pyramid and attempt to break a Handi, which is essentially a pot filled with buttermilk that is hung above the road.

Other places, such as Mathura, Dwarka, and Vrindavan, also prepare sweets and dishes to commemorate Lord Krishna’s birth.

It is widely believed that Lord Krishna appears at midnight and consumes the prasad prepared by his devotees.