The festival of Krishna Janamastami is the celebration of Lord Krishna's birthday. Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is a unique character in Hindu mythology. He was naughty in his childhood days, romantic as a young man, and proved to be a profound philosopher in his adulthood as illustrated by the Bhagwat Geeta.
The birthday of Krishna falls on the Astami of Krishna Paksh (the eighth day of the dark fortnight) in the month of Bhado (August-September), eight days after Raksha Bandhan. .
The Story of Krishna Birth...
Mother Earth, unable to bear the burden of sins committed by evil kings and rulers, appealed to Brahma, the Creator for help. Brahma prayed to the Supreme Lord Vishnu, who assured him that he would soon be born on earth to annihilate tyrannical forces.
One such evil force was Kamsa, the ruler of Mathura (in northern India, now in Uttar Pradesh state) and his people were utterly terrified of him. On the day Kamsa's sister Devaki was married off to Vasudeva, an akashvani or voice from the sky was heard prophesying that Devaki's 8th son would be the destroyer of Kamsa. The frightened Kamsa immediately unsheathed his sword to kill his sister but Vasudeva intervened and implored Kamsa to spare his bride, and promised to hand over every new born child to him. Kamsa relented but imprisoned both Devaki and her husband Vasudeva.
When Devaki gave birth to her first child, Kamsa came to the prison cell and slaughtered the newborn. In this way, he killed the first six sons of Devaki. Even before her 8th child was born, Devaki and Vasudeva started lamenting its fate and theirs. Then suddenly Lord Vishnu appeared before them and said he himself was coming to rescue them and the people of Mathura. He asked Vasudeva to carry him to the house of his friend, the cowherd chief Nanda in Gokula right after his birth, where Nanda's wife Yashoda had given birth to a daughter. He was to exchange his boy and bring Yashoda's baby daughter back to the prison. Vishnu assured them that "nothing shall bar your path".
At midnight on ashtami, the divine baby was born in Kamsa's prison. Remembering the divine instructions, Vasudeva clasped the child to his bosom and started for Gokula, but found that his legs were in chains. He jerked his legs and was unfettered! The massive iron-barred doors unlocked and opened up.
While crossing river Yamuna, Vasudeva held his baby high over his head. The rain fell in torrents and the river was in spate. But the water made way for Vasudeva and miraculously a five-mouthed snake followed him from behind and provided shelter over the baby.
When Vasudeva reached Gokula, he found the door of Nanda's house open. He exchanged the babies and hurried back to the prison of Kamsa with the baby girl. Early in the morning, all the people at Gokula rejoiced the birth of Nanda's beautiful male child. Vasudeva came back to Mathura and as he entered, the doors of the prison closed themselves.
When Kamsa came to know about the birth, he rushed inside the prison and tried to kill the baby. But this times it skipped from his hand and reaching the sky. She was transformed into the goddess Yogamaya, who told Kansa: "O foolish! What will you get by killing me? Your nemesis is already born somewhere else."
Krishna is also known to be a very mischievous child who annoyed Yashoda (Nanda's Wife) Maiyya (mother) a lot….."Maiya Mori Main nahi makhan khayo” …………..
Vishnu (Krishna), with one hand [His left one] Govardhana hill and held it up.
Amorous and mischievous acts as Raas-Lila of Krishna………. Among all the gopikaas, one Radha was special to Krishna.
The moon is believed to be the brightest due to the angle of the earth and the sun. It is also said in the religious books that the God Krishna and Goddess Radha came out from their temple on this night to play Raas (a stick dance) in Nathdwara, Rajasthan, India. Following the tradition, every year millions of couples come out at night to face the fullest and brightest moon, with a view to improve their love. As the Taj Mahal is regarded as a love symbol, thousand of couples pilgrim to the Taj to see the marble monument shining in moonlight by the river Yamuna. This event is very similar to Valentine's Day
In his youth Krishna killed Kansa along with all his cruel associates, liberated his parents from prison, and reinstated Ugrasen as the King of Mathura.
He killed Kamsa, and then settled in Dwaraka( in Gujarat State) along with his brother Balarama and learnt the traditional arts of fighting including archery. He arbitrated in the fight between the Pandavas and Kauravas in Mahabharata.
Krishna instructs Arjuna during the war of Mahabharata.
During the war he is well known for his monologue to Arjuna on the battlefield, which is together termed as the Bhagvad Gita.
God, Lord Krishna. City, Dwaraka (in Gujarat State) known as Krishna’s Dhaam ... (Close up view of the 2000 year old temple tower)
The entrance to Dwaraka temple complex
Janmashtami/ Srijayanthi is on 4 september. So this is sweet for 4th September…...
This is my contribution for the event for-srijayanthi-janmashtami. This is very nice event my all blog friend request to be participate this event and make successful for Lath Narasimhan event…Dead line for this event is extended up to 10th September.
2 lt Milk
1\2-tbsp cardamoms powder
Little chopped cashwnuts, almonds
A few saffron threads
I use readymade Angoori………
Step 1: Apply the ghee on surface of deep pan in which we boil the milk.
Step 2: Boil 2 lt milk in pan, Stirring Occasionally.
Step 4: Add chopped cashwnuts, almonds and cardamoms powder in it and take this in another pan. This is Ready our Basundi. If you like then serve after cooling as it is.Step 5: Softly press the angoori so its sugar syrup is absent and add this in ready Basundi. Cool and refrigerate for 5-6 Hours.