Krishna Janmashtami  also known as Krishnashtami, Saatam Aatham, Gokulashtami,Ashtami Rohini, Srikrishna Jayanti, Sree Jayanti or sometimes simply as Janmashtami, is an annual celebration of the birth of the Hindu deity Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. The entire world celebrates the divine appearance of Lord Sri Krishna on this Day.

Krishna took birth at midnight on the ashtami or the 8th day of the Krishnapaksha or dark fortnight in the Hindu month of Shravan (August-September). This auspicious day is called Janmashtami. so The festival is celebrated on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the month of Bhadrapad (August–September) in the Hindu calendar.

Festival Date for 2016 – When is Krishna Janmashtami 2016?

This year, Krishna Janmashtami falls on Thursday, August 25, 2016.

Krishna Janmashtami
Celebrations Dahi Handi, kite-flying, fair, traditional sweet dishes etc.
Observances Puja, prayer and fasting
Date Shravan, Krishna Paksha, Ashtami ( by Amavasyant calendar ) bhadrapada, Krishna Paksha, Ashtami ( by Purnimant calendar )
2016 date 25 August

Highlights of  Krishna Janmashtami celebration, How to Celebrate?

 

Rasa lila,Dahi Handi are the highlights of  Krishna Janmashtami celebration. festivities begin before dawn and extend all day until midnight, the exact moment of the anniversary of Krishna’s appearance. Events include Pujas, kirtan, singing and goes on the whole day. Some devotees goes for Fasting. Some temples also conduct readings of the Hindu religious scripture Bhagavad Gita.

Sri Krishna Janmashtami Vrata Procedure(Source- ISKCON)

At the time of Krishna’s birth, the planetary systems were automatically adjusted so that everything became auspicious. Everywhere, there was an atmosphere of peace and prosperity. Auspicious stars were visible in the sky. The rivers were flowing full of water and the lakes were beautifully decorated with lotus flowers. The birds in the forests began to sing in a sweet voice. The wind was blowing very pleasantly, carrying the aroma of different flowers. Thus Krishna appeared on the eighth day of the dark fortnight (Krishna-paksha ashtami) in the month of Shravana (July-August). The astrological influence of the star, Rohini was predominant at that time.

So every year, on the eighth day of dark fortnight in the month of Shravana, devotees all over the world celebrate the auspicious appearance day of Lord Sri Krishna. This day is a very special day in the lives of the devotees of Krishna. Great acharyas recommended that one should observe Janmashtami Vrata for the pleasure of the Lord.

Download the pdf version of Janmashtami Vrata Procedure.

Krishna Janmashtami Mantra Meditation (mahā-mantra Japa)

One should chant the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra as many times as possible on this day.

hare kṛṣṇa hare kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇa hare hare hare rāma hare rāma rāma rāma hare hare

If you chant this mantra 108 times then it is one round. It takes 7 to 8 minutes to chant one round of Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā -mantra. Śrīla Prabhupāda recommended devotees to chant 16 rounds of Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra every day

Krishna Janmashtami Messages, SMS, WhatsApp

Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Ram Hare Ram

Ram Ram Hare Hare

Jai Shri Krishna

 

Radhey Radhey Japo Chale Ayenge Bihari!

Here’s wishing all of you a very happy Shri Krishna Janmashtami

 

Nand Ke Aanand Bhayo, Jai Kanhaiya Lal Ki

Haathi Ghoda Palki, Jai Ho Nand Lal Ki

Jai Shri Krishna!

 

Ladoo Gopal is about to come to your house,

Be ready to welcome the lord with open arms and buttermilk

Krishna will take away your worries and make you smile wide forever and ever!

 

Happy Shri Krishna Janmashtami to all my near and dear ones!

Hope this year all your tensions and worries shall be put to an end by the lord as you welcome his grace.

 

Yashomati Maiya Se Bole Nand Lala

Radha Kyu Gori, Main Kyu Kaala

Lord Krishna asked his mother this question in utter innocence. The same Ladoo Gopal  is about to enter every devotee’s house with happiness, health and prosperity. Enjoy the day and pray to the lord.

 

Krishna Leela Anokhi Hain, Bhakto Ke Bas Mei Hain Bhagwaan

Poori Shradha Se Jo Jape Saawarey Ghanshyam

Shri Krishna Janmashtami Ki Aap Sabhi Ko Hardik Shubhkamnayein

 

Radha-Krishna Ki Bhakti mein magn raho har waqt

Prabhu naam mein he hain sab grantho ka arth

Bolo Radhey Radhey!

 

The lotus feet Lord will shower each devotee with immense happiness and good health,

So join your hands and say ‘Krishna Krishna’ as the day of his birth is here!

 

Krishna Janmashtami Greetings