Krishna Janmashtami 2020 – Date, Puja Timings & Fasting Rules

Krishna Janmashtami 2020

Krishna Janmashtami, also simply known as Sri Krishna Jayanthi, Krishnashtami & Gokulashtami is one of the most celebrated festivals in India. People celebrate the birthday of Lord Krishna, who is the 8th reincarnation of Lord Vishnu. He was born around 5,200 years ago in Mathura.

To celebrate his day, people host Satsang, bhajan, offer prayers in the temples, and fast overnight which is followed by the celebration the next day. Sounds interesting right?

Well, Krishna Janmashtami 2020 is going to be more important this year due to the pandemic situation all over the world, all the famous Krishna temples will be closed for all the devotees but we will find our way out to celebrate.

So, let’s keep the spirit high and know more about Shri Krishna Janmashtami 2020; Date, Puja Timings, and Fasting rules.

What is the Date of Krishna Janmashtami 2020?

This year, as per the Hindu calendar the auspicious day would be celebrated on 11 and 12 August 2020 (Tuesday and Wednesday). One is for Smarta sampradaya and another one is for Vaishnava sampradaya. The Vaishnava sampradaya is one day after Janmashtami.

What are the Puja Timings of Shri Krishna Janmashtami in 2020?

The Ashtami will start from 9:06 AM on 11 August 2020 and will end at 11:16 AM on 12 August 2020. Devotees can celebrate the festival on both the days as per their beliefs. 

How can I do Krishna Janmashtami fast?

Fasting for Shri Krishna Jayanti is one of the most pleasant things in the whole festival. It is not tough like other festivals, you can take fruits and water while fasting. This diet is known as “Phalahar” in Hindi.

Your fast would be completed once you do the “Krishna Abhishekam” or “Krishna Pooja” at midnight and offer the bhog or prasad to Lord Krishna.

Are there any fasting rules for Janmashtami?

The fasting rules may vary from region to region but there are a few common rules that need to be taken care of while fasting for the festival.

  • No grains should be consumed during Janmashtami 2020 fasting.
  • Parana which means breaking the fast must be done at the appropriate time.
  • If the Ashtami Tithi and Rohini Nakshatra are not over before sunset, then you can break during the daytime.
  • All the rules of Ekadashi fast must be followed.
  • You can take fruits and milk while fasting.

What can we eat during Janmashtami fast?

No grains or cooked food is allowed during Janmashtami fast. You can only have fruits and milk while fasting. The first meal that you can eat after breaking the fast, next morning, is the bhog/prasad that you offered to Lord Krishna.

If you are on “Nirjala Fast” then you cannot have the fruits, milk, or water before morning. In this case, a pre-fast meal before sunrise would help to keep you energized and hydrated for the day.

FAQs about Janmashtami:-

What does Janmashtami mean? 

Shri Krishna Janmashtami is a Hindu festival which is the birthday celebration of Lord Krisha. Devotees on this day offer special prayers to Krishna temples with some special decorations. They also host Satsang, a dance drama to depict his life.

What should we offer on Krishna Janmashtami?

As per the tradition, we can offer Kheer, Malpua, Makhan-Mishri, Panchamrit to Lord Krishna. You can also offer dry fruits, fruits, milk to him but you cannot include the packed food, garlic, onion, etc. on Krishna Janmashtami.

Can we drink coffee in Janmashtami fast?

Well, the answer is not that simple here. While some people believe that it is allowed on the other hand some people are against it. We would suggest you avoid hot beverages as it may cause a headache.

What is the time of Krishna’s birth?

It is believed that Lord Krishna was born at midnight, that is why the timings for Nishita puja starts from 12:01 AM.

How is Janmashtami celebrated in society?

People gather a few days before Janmashtami and discuss the plan related to pooja, dance, and decorations. On the day, all the people gather at one place worship Lord Krishna and celebrate the festival.

Janmashtami is one of the most celebrated festivals in India. It not only indicates the birth of our God but it also indicates that there will be a balance between good and evil no matter what!

This is what we need to remember always, especially in the current situation. Krishna Janamashtmi 2020 will not be the same thing this year! But we all need to stay positive and stay at home to celebrate more next year. Till then take the help of e-services and video calls to celebrate the auspicious occasion. Stay Home, Stay Safe.