Janmashtami festival is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Krishna. This festival is celebrated with full faith and reverence all over the world. Janmashtami is celebrated not only in India but also in Indians settled abroad with full faith and gaiety. Shri Krishna has been the center of our faith for ages. They are sometimes red of Yashoda Mata, sometimes the naughty Kanha of Braj.
The birthday of Bhagwan Shri Krishna is celebrated with great pomp. Janmashtami festival is celebrated as the birthday of Shri Krishna, which is celebrated on the Ashtami date of Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapada month after Rakshabandhan.
Sri Krishna was the 8th son of Devaki and Vasudeva. The king of the city of Mathura was Kansa, who was very tyrannical. His atrocities were increasing day by day. There was a time that his sister Devaki's 8th son would kill him. Hearing this, Kansa put her sister Devaki in a dungeon with her husband Vasudev.
Kansa kills 7 children before Devaki's Krishna. When Devaki gave birth to Shri Krishna, Bhagwan Vishnu ordered Vasudeva to bring Shri Krishna to Yashoda Mata and Nanda Baba in Gokul, where he would be safe from his maternal uncle Kansa. Shri Krishna was raised under the parenthood of Yashoda Mata and Nanda Baba. Just, in the joy of his birth, the festival of Janmashtami is celebrated every year since then.
Temples are specially decorated on the day of Sri Krishna Janmashtami. On Janmashtami, there is a law of fasting for the whole day. On Janmashtami, everyone observes fast till 12 noon. On this day temples are decorated with tableaux and Lord Krishna is seen swinging and Raslila is organized.
On the day of Janmashtami, the Dahi-Handi competition is organized in many places in the country. Bal-Govinda of all places participates in the Dahi-Handi competition. A matki filled with buttermilk, curd, etc. is hung in the sky and an attempt is made to break the pot by the hair-Govinda. In the Dahi-Handi competition, the winning team is given appropriate prizes. The winning team which succeeds in breaking the matki deserves the reward.
There is a law to observe fast on Janmashtami. Fruits should be done according to your ability. No god tells us to stay hungry, so fast according to your faith. Not eating anything during the fast for the whole day can have a bad effect on your health. That is why we should adopt Shri Krishna's messages in our lives.
We wish everyone Shubh Janmasthami and pray to Bhagwan Shri Krishna and Radha Devi to bless us on this auspicious and may everyone have a happy, wealthy, joyful and prosperous year ahead. Jai Shri Radhe Krishna!