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Sri Krishna Janmashtami 2014: Mischievous Krishna Is Born!

The date of Janmashtami in 2014 is August 17. Sweet and mischievous Krishna is coming to you this Krishnashtami. Gokulashtami in 2014 welcomes Lord Krishna to our land with his godly flute. Read below to know more about the festival of Sri Krishna Jayanti and its significance.

Janmashtami 2014: Arrival Of Govinda

Lord Krishnas birth is celebrated as Janmashtami or Krishna Janmashtami.Janmashtami is one of the most awaited festivals in 2014. Hence, 2014 is expected to bring much color and festivity with the arrival of Lord Krishna this year. Janmashtami celebrates the incarnation of goodness on earth in the form of Lord Krishna. Krishna is the synonym of enchanter, such was the depiction of Lord Krishna in mythological evidences that it matches well with his name. Lord Krishna is also known as Kanha or Govinda.

So, get ready for all the mischiefs and enchantments on Janmashtami in 2014.

Janmashtami is the amalgamation of two words Janma and Ashtami. It symbolizes Krishna taking birth on Ashtami. Ashtami means the eighth day of a month. Janmashtami is also popular as Gokulashtami, Sri Krishna Jayanti, and Saatam Aatham.

The name Krishna belongs to the lunar calendar, as he was born on the eighth day or Ashtami of Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight). Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated in the eighth day of the Bhadrapada month. Since it celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, the day is also popular as Krishna Janmashtami.

When we spell Kanha, his visual image comes to our mind - a godly being with a flute across his lips and a feather around his head. The most striking feature of Krishna is his ability to maintain the bridge between mischievousness and spirituality.

The day is celebrated to honor Lord Krishna by singing devotional songs and arranging grand celebration. This includes Dahi Handi, Raas Lila, etc. Krishna or Govinda had been an enchanter with his mischievousness and spirituality, hence Krishna Janmashtami is devoted in a way that balances both, joy and devotion.

But, who is Krishna and how his deeds turn a mischievous boy into a God? Lets read below to know the actual reason(s) behind Sri Jayanti 2014 or Krishna Janmashtami 2014 celebrations.

Krishna Janmashtami 2014: Legends Of Janmashtami

The legend dates back to the era when Kansa was the King of Mathura. The people of his kingdom were treated with cruelty by the King and life-satisfaction in Mathura had become uncommon. Kansa got the oracle that Kansa will be facing death from the eighth child born to Devaki, his sister and her husband, Vasudeva. This provoked him and he started on a killing spree. While the first six children were already killed by Kansa, the seventh boy, Balarama was born. Mystically, Vasudevas seventh child got transferred to Rohinis womb (Vasudevas second wife) from Devakis womb. This saved the fate of the child.

Lord Krishna was born as their eighth child. It is now celebrated as Janmashtami or Krishnashtami. As Devaki and Vasudeva were in great fear that Kansa would kill their eighth child too, Vasudeva took a desperate step to save Krishna. He decided to shelter Krishna at Gokul to his friend, Nand.

Krishna is incarnated as a Vishnu Avatar.On his way, he had to cross the Yamuna river and he held Krishna in a small basket. Since the sea was stormy and this turbulence hurdled in his way, Sheshnaag protected the infant Krishna under his fangs and helped the duo to cross the river.

Lord Krishna was actually brought up by Nand and Yashoda. When he grew up, Kansa got killed in his hands. This freed the mankind from terror and celebrated the dusk of evil.

Lord Krishna was incarnated as the 8th Avatar of Lord Vishnu. His incarnation is widely celebrated as the day of joy and happiness. Lets take a look at the jollyness involved with the celebration of Krishna Janmashtmi.

Celebrating Krishna Janmashtami

The day of Krishnashtami is celebrated in vivid patterns. Among all the patterns, there are few that can be highlighted the most. Lets take a look how Gokulashtami will be celebrated in 2014.

Janmashtami in Dwarka

Lord Krishna lived in Dwarka, where Janmashtami in 2014 is going to be celebrated with great fervor. Janmashtami is expected to take a divine form in Dwarka in 2014, as always. In Dwarka, celebrations take a devout mood. Here, Dwarkadhish temple is the centre of attraction where devotees worship Lord Krishna on Sri Krishna Janmashtami. Dwarka was the residing place for Lord Krishna for almost a century. After his death, it got submerged into the sea. The city of Dwarka comprises of numerous palaces and was built in just two days by the supreme architect Vishwakarma.

Idols of the deity are decorated with precious ornaments. Lord Krishna is devoted with the commencement of Mangala Arti in morning. It is followed by Bhoga or food offerings that comprises mainly of milk products.

After Krishnas face gets cleansed, the devotees are given Darshan.

Then, Lord Krishna is bathed. He gets adorned in ornaments.

After Lord Krishna gets dressed up in his godly attires, the curtain gets rolled up and everyone gets the chance to get Darshan (holy sight). Proceeding the traditions, Shringar Bhog is offered to the Lord as the curtains are rolled down again. Devotees line up in eagerness to see him, but the curtain only gets rolled up again after 10:30 p.m. when Lord Krishna gets to sleep.

After 12 midnight, the celebrations of Krishna Janmashtami or Gokulashtami get immersed into joyousness. The whole momentum gets enthusiastic with the phrase Nand Gher Anand Bhaio, Jay Kaanha Laal Ki, as the devotees welcome Lord Krishna.

The celebrations are endowed upon Krishna for two hours. The Dwarkadhish temple gets closed down at 2:30 am. Similar divinity in the celebrations is expected on Janmashtami in 2014.

Now, lets go a bit more west. Dahi Handi is the most popular mode of celebrating Janmashtami or Krishnashtami in Mumbai (Maharashtra).

Dahi Handi

Dahi Handi (clay pot) is a popular festival in Maharashtra, especially in Mumbai. Dahi Handi is performed on Gokulashtami or Krishna Janmashtmi. On this day, a Handi or a clay pot is filled with butter and yogurt and tied at a height. The Dahi Handi festival symbolizes harmony among its practitioners who form a pyramid on the ground and aims to reach the height where the Handi is tied.

The persons involved in this performance are known as Govinda Pathak. The person standing at the topmost level of the pyramid breaks the Handi or clay pot with a hard object such as a coconut and its contained milk particles fall down. It gets spilled down to the whole group.

Dahi Handi will be performed during Janmashtami 2014 in Mumbai.
Govinda Ala Re is a huge cheer that is constantly chanted during the Dahi Handi performance. The Dahi Handi is celebrated with extreme devotion and it adds great fervor in the streets of Mumbai. Competitions are also held in Mumbai to praise the team of Govinda Pathak that breaks the most number of Handis on Gokulashtami. Dahi Handi competition will be performed again in Janmashtami 2014 and is expected to bring more enthusiasm among the people of Mumbai.

While the Dwarkadhish temple showcase the spiritual side of Lord Krishna, the Dahi Handi festival highlights Krishnas mischievous nature. Krishna Janmashtami or Gokulashtami is also celebrated in Mathura with great strictness that is almost similar to that of Dwarka celebrations

On Gokulashtami in 2014, Lord Krishnas 5241st birthday is going to be celebrated. Lets take a look at Krishna Janmashtami 2014 or Gokulashtami 2014, to add more piousness and joy to this day.

Janmashtami 2014: Celebration Time

Janmashtami in 2014 is further divided to be followed differently by two sects. Krishna Janmashtami in 2014 for Smaart Sect or Smaart Sampradaay is on August 17, 2014; while Janmashtami in 2014 falls on 18th of August for Vaishnav Sampradaay.

When enchanter is linked with Lord Krishna, it doesnt only state his beauty, but his spiritual abilities are indicated as well. In the same way, parallelism is seen in the celebrations of Gokulashtami. While worshiping Krishna, joy overpowers strictness and the same is experienced during Shri Krishna Janmashtami. Gokulashtami in 2014 is the festival of love, enjoyment and enthusiasm.

Sri Krishna Jayanti in 2014 is round the corner and heres our chance to illuminate the festival with a vibrant mood. Its our time to welcome Kanha on Sri Jayanti in 2014. This year, lets bring Lord Krishna among us by devoting Gokulashtami songs to Kanha.

You can maintain the unique balance between love and devotion by dedicating Krishna Bhajans on Sree Krishna Janmashtami in 2014. Gokulashtami in 2014 is approaching soon to distract us from our busy time schedules.

We can exchange greeting gestures through Krishna Janmashtmi SMS between our relatives and friends on Krishnashtami in 2014. These days, people have no time for enjoyment, so dont miss the chance to get enthralled by Govinda on Shree Krishna Janmashtami in 2014.

From Janmashtami 2014 SMS to Janmashtami songs, people have a number of options to make Krishna Janmashtami in 2014 memorable. Lord Krishna wallpapers can give Gokulashtami in 2014 a touch of divinity as you may feel Kanha among yourselves. So, download Krishna Janmashtami wallpapers and add more joy to Sri Krishna Janmashtami in 2014.

You can also let off your limits aside and dance to the tunes of Lord Krishna on Janmashtami or Gokulashtami in 2014. Lord Krishna is one such deity who maintains the balance between joy and spirituality quite well. While on one hand, he is the mischievous lad strolling down the streets of Gokul; on the other hand, Krishna has been depicted as an excellent statesman in the fields of battle and philosophy.

AstroSage wishes you all a Happy Sri Krishna Janmashtami 2014!