Hello Everyone !
All over the world, people are celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna. This festival is also known as Sri Krishna Jayanthi, Saatam Aatham, Gokulashtami and Ashtami Rohini; and is celebrated on the eighth day of Krishna Paksha which falls on the Bhadrapad month according to the Hindu calendar. Of course, I’m also celebrating my lord’s Birthday 🙂
Lord Krishna is the eighth avatar of Vishnu, who was born to king Vasudeva and Devaki of Mathura.
Vasudeva secretly carries the infant Krishna out of the prison and trades him with Nanda, a kinsman of Vasudeva for his daughter. Subsequently Krishna is adopted by Nanda and his wife Yasoda] in Gokula.
Lord Krishna’s Childhood
In Hindu art, Krishna is often depicted dancing on the multi-hooded Kāliyā. He also defeated demons like Dhenukasura, Vatsasura, Keshi, Aghasura, Arishtasura, Bakasura, Vyomasura, Pralambasura and many others in Vrindavan.
Krishna lifted the Govardhana hill and taught Indra, the king of the devas, a lesson to protect the native people of Vrindavana from persecution by Indra and prevent the devastation of the pasture land of Govardhan.
He is called Makhan Chor which means Butter Thief -A lover of Butter
Lord Krishna and His Cow
I still remember the day, when ‘A White Smiling Cow’ came in my dream. A glance. And I woke up. I felt very much blessed to see Him at a good morning time.
Yes ! Cows and Krishna have always been together. In His original form in the spiritual world, Krishna is a cowherd boy in the agricultural community of Goloka (“cow planet”) Vrindavan, where He keeps unlimited, transcendental surabhi cows.
Facing the duty as a warrior to fight the Dharma Yudhha or righteous war between Pandavas and Kauravas, Arjuna is counselled by Lord Krishna to “fulfill his Kshatriya (warrior) duty as a warrior and establish Dharma. A dialogue … between diverging attitudes concerning methods toward the attainment of liberation. The Bhagavad Gita was exposed to the world through Sanjaya, who senses and cognizes all the events of the battlefield.Sanjaya is Dhritarashtra‘s advisor and also his charioteer.
What Devotees Do Today ?
One of the major attractions of the festival include Rasa lila or Rasa dance, which is mainly performed in Mathura and Vrindavan describing the story of Krishna who dances with Radha and her companions.
Another ritual that is followed as part of Krishna Janmashtami is Dahi Handi or uriadi, during which young men break the hanging pot of butter by forming human tower/pyramid type. It is observed to celebrate the Lord’s mischievous act of stealing butter.
Verses from the Bhagavad Gita are recited.
Thank you for reading. I feel honored today to write about Him. 🙂
Wish you all a very Happy Krishna Jayanthi. May Lord Krishna shower His blessings upon you all.
God Bless You All !
Have a Great Day ahead 😀
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