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Legend of Janmashtami

Janmashtami, one of the most popular festivals of Hindus celebrates the birth of their beloved God, Sri Krishna. Detailed story of Janmashtami or Lord Krishna's birth has been narrated in Puranas. Please read on to know more about the various fascinating aspects of the legend of Janmashtami as stated in Puranas.

Janmashtami Mathura, a prominent town of Northern India and the birth city of Sri Krishna was ruled by King Ugrasen, a Yaduvanshi ( Belonging to the Community of Yadavs). He was a great king loved by his subjects. He had two children, a son Kansa and a daughter Devki. Kansa was quite cruel by nature, his wickedness knew no bounds when he jailed his father and forcefully became the king of Mathura.

Love for sister Devki and Brother in law Vasudev
Though Kansa was hard hearted but he loved his sister immensely and married her off to Vasudev, one the high ranking officers in his army. However on the day of wedding, as a result of a heavenly prediction that Devki's eighth child will be born to kill him, Kansa decided to kill his sister. On Vasudev's pleading, he put both of them in dungeons and let them live but with a promise that they will handover all their children to Kansa, only to be killed by him.

Birth of Balram
Kansa succeeded in killing all the six new born babies of Devki and Vasudev, however the seventh child was saved by divine intervention as the child was transferred from Devki's womb to that of Rohini's, Vasudev's other wife. Thus Balram, the elder brother of Krishna was born but Kansa thought that Devki had a miscarriage.

Birth of Krishna
The birth of the eighth child of Devki, Lord Krishna was followed by a chain of dramatic events. Soon after the birth of the child, as if by a sheer miracle, all the soldiers guarding the couple fell asleep and the gates of the dungeon flew open themselves. Vasudev decided to smuggle the child safely in a basket to his friend Nand in Gokul. Since it was raining heavily, River Yamuna was all swollen and Vasudev feared that both he as well as his child will drown if he tried to cross it, however, as soon as the feet of the infant touched the river, the flow of water became normal and Vasudev was able to cross it easily. Sheshnag, the five headed serpent of Lord Vishnu protected the child with its fangs. Vasudev knew that his was not an ordinary child but a divine being. After handing his child, to his dear friend, Nand, Vasudev returned back safely with a girl child and no one got to know about it.

Yogmaya's prediction
On hearing the news of the eighth born child, Kansa rushed to kill the girl. He paid no heed to Devki's plead of sparing the girl. He held the child by her legs and just as he was about to bang her against the wall, the girl vanished into thin air and told Kansa that his slayer had been born and was safe in Gokul. The girl child was none other than Yogmaya (divine illusion). The eighth child grew up as Yashoda and Nand's son in Gokul and later killed his maternal uncle Kansa, freeing all the people of Mathura from his tyranny.

Janmashtami is a festival celebrated with lot of enthusiasm and joy. It creates a euphoric atmosphere all around. Since Lord Krishna was very fond of milk and milk products, so devotees make various dishes of milk to please the Lord.

Janmashtami Devotees observe to mark the day and break it at midnight after the birth of Lord Krishna. Certain people observe the day with waterless fast while others have fruits and milk.

The traditional dishes prepared on Janmashtami are Singhare ki Poori, Shrikhand, Gopalkala, Kheer etc.

Edited by chalhov - 09 August 2012 at 1:55am

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Happy Janmashtami to all:)

Thanks Chalhov:)

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happy janmashtami to al cbians

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Posted: 09 August 2012 at 3:50am | IP Logged

Happy Janmashtami.

I really can't forget last one. Radev Wedding and my Thai trip. This will always linger on my mind. However,we are not deprived of Avina. Avi and Ruby are still on screen with SBS and TMLS.

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Posted: 09 August 2012 at 4:17am | IP Logged
Thanks chalhov,  HAPPY JANMAASHTAMI  but last three years we celebrete Janmaashtami with Avi and Ruby in CB but this year no CB and no Krishna janmaashtami, now feeling so sad and without AVINA suna suna lagrahahai.

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 The Hindu world celebrates the auspicious occasion of Krishen Janam Ashthmi or 'birth' anniversary of Lord Krishna. Bhagavan Krishna, the eighth manifestation of Lord Vishnu, remains one of the icons of Sanatan Dharma, an embodiment of Divinity who has transcended all barriers of race, religion and time.

 The profound messages of this avataar or incarnation of the Dwaapar Age are most relevant to a world wrought by several challenges. Indeed, the life and times of Shri Krishna, from his birth in the prison cell, to his childhood activities in Gokulapuri, to the battlefield in Kurukshetra, all serve as a reminder to us that we need to perform our duties, no matter what the odds are. During his sojourn on earth, Shri Krishna was a clear manifestation of karma or action. The various leelas carried out by Him demonstrates to us that act, we must, no matter how difficult the task.

 From birth to the age of twelve Shri Krishna had a most troublesome life. His daily encounter and defeat of negativities in the form of demons like Putna, Aghasur, Kans,etc.,not only restored joy, peace and bliss to those close to him but it also sends a powerful message to all that we need not become victims of circumstances. Instead, be the victor as he always was and which we, in turn, ought to be. We must not use apparently challenging situations as excuses for failure. At no time should we ever avoid our responsibilities or duties. At times we may be placed in different circumstances which may not be the most ideal. So,should we complain, refuse to act or fight?

 Shri Krishna Himself answers in Bhagavad Gita where He encourages Arjuna to fight the righteous battle.

 It is worthwhile to remember that Arjuna chose the Lord as his charioteer while he fought. Needless to say, he was victorious. Similarly, in the face of mountainous challenges, our daily struggles, we need the to choose the Lord as our charioteer who will steer our vehicle of life towards the path of fulfillment, ecstasy and perfection .A spirit of surrender, garnished with much courage and determination are the ingredients necessary for success.

 With the Lord as our charioteer, with His grace upon us, Hindu scriptures declare that enemies become friends, mountains become as small as a grain of sand and poison becomes nectar. Indeed, with the Lord as our guide, our charioteer of life, no challenge is unsurmountable. Shri Krishna Himself in Chapter 18,verse 58 of Bhagavad Gita beckons us "With your mind thus given to me, you shall tide over all difficulties by My grace."

 As we celebrate Shri Krishen Janam Ashthmi 2012, may we all resolve to move over, hand over the reins of our chariot to our Master,

 Shri Krishna, and to allow Him to take charge of our lives.
  Happy Janam Ashthsmi  All , Thank you Chalhov

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Happy Janmashtami to all...

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 Thank you chalhov and shanta  for sharing so much knowledge about Janmashtmi...

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