8th Bhadra 1423 (25th Aug 2016)
Janmashtami is the celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna. It falls on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha in the month of fihadra. It is celebrated with great gaiety and fervour in the northern states, especially Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. According to the legend, Lord Krishna was the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. Lord Krishna was the eighth son of Devaki and Vasudeva. When Dcvaki’s brother Kama was taking her to her husband’s place after her marriage, an oracle from the skies announced that Dcvaki’s eighth child would cause Kama’s death. On the birth of the eighth child, the prison doors opened themselves and the guards fell asleep, Vasudev took the new¬born child to Gokul. Here he was brought up by Nanda and YashnHa Later Krishna became the killer of Kama.
Janmashtami is celebrated with great devotion. Temples are decorated with tableaus depicting scenes of Krishna’s birth and the various events in his life. Cultural events like ‘Krishna Leela’ are also oiganised.