Janmashtamiis the appearance day of Lord Shri Krishna, and the day is also called Gokulastami. Krishna appeared on the earth to free all evils and spread the proper knowledge in the world.
Lord Krishna appeared in the Jails of Kansa, the crown prince of Mathura. It is observed on the eighth night (Ashtami) of the Krishna-Paksha (dark fortnight) in the month of Shravana.
It is one of the most significant sacred festivals in the world. Devotees from all around the globe come to visit Mathura city, Vrindavan Dham, or any temple nearby on this day to have Darshan of their Aaradhya, Krishna. The preparation for Janmashtami starts at a very early stage. There are jhakiyas, decorated castes in the temple, a swing for the Lord, a carnival, food, and sweet stalls, and others. Krishna Leelas are organized very beautifully. Many rituals are performed in the temples.
Furthermore, the celebration is also done in houses. People decorate their houses from outside with lights. Moreover, children organize Matkifod Leela in which Makhan Mishri is filled in each pot, and then it is tied at the top. Then a different group of children tries to break it by making a pyramid, and that is how gracefully the birth anniversary of the Lord is celebrated.
Krishna Descend To This Materiel World
Devaki was the sister of Kansa, and for the marriage ceremony of his beloved sister Devaki, Prince Kansa had organized a very grand ceremony. But then there was a voice from the sky that predicted that the eighth son of Devaki would become the cause of Kansa’s death. Then Kansa lost his senses due to fear and was about to kill his sister by force. Vasudev, Devaki’s husband, said to Kansa that there’s no need to kill her, and he’ll give his eighth son to him.
Kansa agreed to it, but then Narad Muni visited Kansa and told him that it is not necessary that the child might be born as the 8th child only. He can appear anytime, then Kansa started killing each child of Devaki and Vasudeva. At the time of their 7th son, Lord Balram, with the help of Yog Maya, was transferred to Rohini’s womb from Devaki’s womb before he was born.
The eighth son, Lord Krishna, was born with four hands. He appeared to Devaki and Vasudev and took the form of a beautiful newborn baby. Then surprisingly, their shackles and the doors opened, and all the soldiers of the Kansa’s Jail fell into a deep sleep. Vasudev takes his eighth son across the Yamuna and leaves him in the house of his best friend, Maharaj Nanda, and brings the girl who has taken birth in his home.
As soon as Kansa heard the news of the eighth child being born, he immediately went to jail and tried to kill that girl, but only then that girl got out of his hand and went to a distant sky. And she declares that “O sinner Kansa, your death has been manifested on this earth.”
In this way, Lord Krishna appeared in the house of Devaki and Vasudeva under challenging circumstances.
Krishna The Causes Of All Causes
ishvarah paramah krishnah
anadir adir govindaha
Krsna, who is known as Govinda, is the Supreme Godhead. He has an eternal blissful spiritual body. He is the origin of all. He has no other origin, and He is the prime cause of all causes.
People say that God is not born, but Krishna took birth from their mother’s womb. In the scriptures, it has been said that God appeared before her in the form of ChaturBhuj and then assumed the form of an infant. The founder acharya of ISKCON, A.C. Bhakti Vedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, states that the way the sun sets and then rises and it is not understood that the sun has retaken birth or that the absence of the sun does not mean it ends. But we say that it is gone from our vision. It Disappears and appears elsewhere. In the same way, the Lord is eternal and beyond from birth and death. He disappeared from one place and appeared in another to perform His Pastimes.
yadā yadā hi dharmasya glānir bhavati bhārata
abhyut thānam adharmasya tadātmānaṁ sṛijāmyaham
Whenever there is a decline in righteousness and an increase in unrighteousness, O Arjun, at that time, I manifest myself on earth.
Lord Shri Krishna incarnates to remove the worries of his pure devotees, who are eager to see him and his pastimes of Vrindavan. The purpose of Krishna is to please his devotees. Lord Shri Krishna appears on the 1st day of Brahma at the end of Dwapar in the 28th Yuga of 7th Manu.
Janmashtami Joyous Festival Amongst People
Its glory has increased even more in the present times. The Founder of Acharya of ISKCON, Swami Srila Prabhupada, established 108 temples all over the world. He showed compassion to humanity and saved them. Today not only Indians but foreigners are also devotees of Lord Krishna. The number of devotees of Lord Shri Krishna is increasing day by day, due to which Janmashtami is celebrated with great pomp not only in India but also abroad. While on the one hand, the teachings of Bhagavad Gita of Yogeshwar Lord Krishna have been presenting the philosophy of life for the public since the origin of time. On the other hand, his childhood’s divine, captivating, and sweet pastimes have always attracted his devotees.
Practical Application On Janmashtami
This Janmashtami, we should celebrate this festival for the pleasure of our beloved Lord Shri Krishna and try to implement his ideal education in our lives. Krishna will exchange that love in the spirit with which he is worshiped and praised on Janmashtami. We all must keep fast on Janmashtami. The deity of God is anointed with milk, curd, ghee, honey, sugar, anointed with flowers, anointed with fruit juice, and we should take out the fruit juice at home. Deity worship should be done by decorating Krishna with beautiful clothes, ornaments, flowers and offering different eatables to Krishna.