Krishna Janmashtami, which is also called as the Gokulashtami, is basically a Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna. As per the Hindu calendar, it falls in the month of Sravana while in the Gregorian calendar, in the year 2020.

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Gokulashtami falls on 11th of August. Krishna Janmashtami is a significant day and it is celebrated with great pomp and glow across almost all Indian states. People generally bath the idol of Lord Krishna while the statue usually portraits him in his childhood. Also, they offer Prasad and all the sweets that were generally preferred by lord Krishna as per the mythology is concerned, most commonly ‘laddoo’ and ‘kheer’ along with plenty of others.

What is the significance of Krishna Janmashtami?

Krishna Janmashtami is a popular festival which is celebrated as the birth of Lord Krishna. He happens to be the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. He belongs to the Vaishnavism tradition of Hinduism.

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In this festival, people perform dance drama. They also make decorations to bring back a picture of life of Lord Krishna with the graceful activities like Night Vigil (Jagrana), Fasting (Upavasa), Kathas like Bhagavata Purana, Rasa Lila/Krishna Lila in the midnight when Lord Krishna is believed to be born (avatar).

How is Krishna Janmashtami celebrated in India?

Krishna Janmashtami festival is usually celebrated over a span of 2-3 days by the Hindus residing all over the world. During the occasion, drama-dance enactments of the life of Lord Krishna is played out in the form of ‘Krishna Lilas’. This custom is followed by all-night vigils while the devotees sing devotional songs. They also do fasting, and on the following day, the homemakers make special sweets and delicacies that are distributed and enjoyed by all.

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Janmashtami is also celebrated in different temples wherein they organise the recitation of Bhagavad Gita and Bhagavad Purana. Besides, this tradition is quite popular in Vrindavan and Mathura along with several other states. The celebration of ‘Laddoo Gopal’ is extremely popular in different other states as well including that of Odisha, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh along with many others. It is also celebrated in nations other than India including Fiji, Nepal and Bangladesh.

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