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Janmashtami, also known as Krishna Janmashtami or Gokulashtami, is a Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu. It is widely celebrated throughout India and holds great significance in Hindu mythology and culture. Here is a general overview of the origin and history of Janmashtami in India:

  1. Birth of Lord Krishna: Lord Krishna is believed to have been born on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the dark fortnight (Krishna Paksha) in the month of Bhadrapada, according to the Hindu lunar calendar. This auspicious day marks the birth of Lord Krishna in Mathura, an ancient city in present-day Uttar Pradesh, India.

  2. Life and Teachings of Lord Krishna: Lord Krishna is considered one of the most beloved and revered deities in Hinduism. He is revered as the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu and is known for his divine qualities, teachings, and the role he played in the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata.

  3. Celebration of Janmashtami: Janmashtami is celebrated with immense devotion and enthusiasm by Hindus across India. It is observed during the month of Bhadrapada, which usually falls between August and September.

  4. Religious Observances: Devotees celebrate Janmashtami through various rituals and practices. Temples and homes are decorated, and devotional songs and hymns praising Lord Krishna are sung. Fasting, meditation, and prayers are observed to seek blessings and spiritual growth.

  5. Midnight Celebrations: The birth of Lord Krishna is believed to have occurred at midnight. Hence, the most significant aspect of Janmashtami is the midnight celebration. Devotees gather in temples, engage in devotional singing, and await the moment of Lord Krishna's birth. At midnight, an idol or image of the baby Krishna is unveiled and worshiped with joy and fervor.

  6. Dahi Handi: Another popular tradition associated with Janmashtami is the "Dahi Handi" (curd pot) celebration. It is based on the childhood antics of Lord Krishna, who was known for his mischievous nature. Young men form human pyramids to reach and break an earthen pot filled with curd, suspended at a height. This activity symbolizes Lord Krishna's playful and naughty side.

  7. Cultural Performances: Janmashtami is also marked by cultural performances, including dance dramas and plays depicting the life and legends of Lord Krishna, such as the Rasleela and Krishna Leela. These performances showcase the divine playfulness and love between Lord Krishna and his devotees.

Janmashtami is an occasion for devotees to express their love, devotion, and adoration for Lord Krishna. The festival not only celebrates his birth but also serves as a reminder of his teachings and divine presence in the lives of his followers. It holds cultural and spiritual significance, promoting unity, devotion, and the ideals embodied by Lord Krishna.

List of dates

Year Weekday Date Name Time
2024 Monday Aug 26, 2024 Janmashtami 4 months from now
2025 Saturday Aug 16, 2025 Janmashtami 1 year from now
2026 Friday Sep 4, 2026 Janmashtami 2 years from now
2027 Wednesday Aug 25, 2027 Janmashtami 3 years from now
2028 Sunday Aug 13, 2028 Janmashtami 4 years from now
2029 Saturday Sep 1, 2029 Janmashtami 5 years from now
2030 Wednesday Aug 21, 2030 Janmashtami 6 years from now
2031 Sunday Aug 10, 2031 Janmashtami 7 years from now
2032 Saturday Aug 28, 2032 Janmashtami 8 years from now
2033 Wednesday Aug 17, 2033 Janmashtami 9 years from now
2034 Tuesday Sep 5, 2034 Janmashtami 10 years from now
2035 Sunday Aug 26, 2035 Janmashtami 11 years from now
2036 Friday Aug 15, 2036 Janmashtami 12 years from now
2037 Thursday Sep 3, 2037 Janmashtami 13 years from now
2038 Monday Aug 23, 2038 Janmashtami 14 years from now
2039 Friday Aug 12, 2039 Janmashtami 15 years from now
2023 Thursday Sep 7, 2023 Janmashtami 7 months ago
2022 Friday Aug 19, 2022 Janmashtami 1 year ago
2021 Monday Aug 30, 2021 Janmashtami 2 years ago
2020 Tuesday Aug 11, 2020 Janmashtami 3 years ago
2019 Friday Aug 23, 2019 Janmashtami 4 years ago
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Notice, in particular, conversion from the other calendar to the Gregorian calendar, there may be discrepancies.