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Krishna Janmashtami 2017: Significance, tithi and all you need to know

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Krishna Janmashtami marks the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth and the most powerful incarnations of Lord Vishnu. The day falls on the eighth day (Ashtami) of Hindu month Bhadrapada. The day is also called as Krishnashtami, Gokulashtami and Ashtami Rohini. Dahi Handi is celebrated on the second day of Janmashtami. In 2017, Krishna Janmashtami falls on August 14 and Dahi Handi will be celebrated on August 15.

Significance
Krishna Janmashtami also celebrates ‘Nandotsav’. It is the day when Nanda Baba distributes gifts to the community in honor of the birth. According to the mythological stories, in the Kingdom of Mathura was under the rule of King Kansa. The king had a sister named Princess Devaki. He got his sister married to Vasudeva and suddenly the cloud roared with a prophecy that their eighth son would be the cause of his death. The king threw Devaki and Vasudev into the prison. The king killed all the six children of Devaki. The seventh child was secretly transferred to the womb of Princess Rohini in Vrindavan who grew to become Balram. However, after the birth of their eighth son Krishna, Vasudev took the baby braving the storm and chopping the river to Nanda and Yashoda.

Vasudev reached Nanda’s residence, gave the son to them and in return took their baby girl with him. He told King Kansa that a girl child was born assuming he wouldn’t harm her as according to prophecy eighth ‘son’ would kill him. But Kansa threw the baby girl against a rock and suddenly the girl took the form of Goddess Durga and warned Kansa about his death. And years later, Krishna took the life of Kansa and Mathura was a happy kingdom.


Tithi

5244th Birth Anniversary of Lord Krishna

Nishita puja time: 24:20+ to 25:05+
Mid Night Moment = 24:43+

On August 15, Parana time is after 5:39 pm
Ashtami Tithi Ends: 5:39 pm

Dahi Handi
Ashtami tithi begins: 7:45 pm on August 14, 2017
Ashtami tithi ends: 5:39 pm on August 15, 2017

Fasting
Those fasting during Janmashtami should not consume grains until parana when the fast is broken on the next day after sunrise. For the Janmashtami fast, parana is done on next day after sunrise when Ashtami tithi and Rohini nakshatra is over. Devotees should also take a Sankalpa which is a one-day long fast broken on the next day. Devotees also sing devotional songs, chant ‘Vishnu Sahasranamam’ and indulge in the ritual of placing Krishna’s idol in a cradle.