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Introduction:

Janmashtami is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Krishna. He is considered as an avatar of the god Vishnu. Lord Krishna was born in Mathura. Gokul and Vrindavan was his play ground.

Krishna Janmashtami is observed on the Ashtami tithi, the eighth day of the dark half or Krishna Paksha of the month of Shraavana in the Hindu calendar in 2011 on 22 August in North India.

Janmashtami (also Krishna Janmashtami, Krishna Ashtami, Gokul Ashtami) is a popular Hindu festival. Hindus observed this festival to celebrate the birthday of their beloved God Sri Krishna. This festival is very popular among kids.

 

Importance of Janmashtami:

The verses in the Bhagavad-Gita (a sacred book narrated by Lord Vishnu) say, that whenever there will be predominance of evil and decline of religion, I will reincarnate to kill the evil and to save the good. The main significance of Janmashtami is to encourage goodwill and to discourage bad will. Krishna Jayanti also celebrates Solidarity. The holy occasion brings people together, thus it signifies unity and faith.

Janmashtami has a significance of its own.  The main significance of this festival lies in encouraging the goodwill and discouraging the bad will. Krishna Janmashtami is also celebrated for the Solidarity. This holy festival brings all the people together. Hence Krishnashtami symbolises faith and unity.

 

Celebration:

Temples of Sri Krishna are beautifully decorated. Thousands of Hindu men and women wear new clothes and gather in these temples to celebrate the birthday of their beloved God. The priest chants mantras and worship Lord Sri Krishna.

 

Tradition of Dahi Handi:

A tradition of Dahi Handi is widely followed in many parts of India. Dahi Handi is an earthen pot filled with yogurt. On this day, young people form groups and tie the ‘Dahi Handi’ at a height. Then, they stand one over another forming a pyramid like structure to reach the ‘Dahi Handi’. It is finally celebrated by breaking the ‘Dahi Handi’.

 

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