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Krishna Janmashtami 2020: Dates, Puja Timing and Vrat

Krishna Janmashtami

Krishna Janmashtami (24th August, 2020 Saturday) or just Janmashtami is a festive ceremony performed across India to celebrate the birth anniversary of Lord Vishnu's eight incarnation, Lord Krishna. It marks the 5246th birth anniversary of the Lord. August-September (Shravana month) is the time when Janmashtami is celebrated. It is marked on the 8th day (ashta in Sanskrit meaning 'eight') of the Krishna Paksha of the Shravan month. 'Krishna' means one who attracts. The Hindus consider Him to be their leader, protector, philosopher, teacher and friend. The festival is known by several other names such as Saatam Aatham, Sri Krishna Jayanti, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini, Shree Jayanti and Krishnashtami.

Krishna Janmashtami Puja Muhurat:

Particular Date & Day Time starts Time Ends
Tithi August 11, Tue 9:06 AM  
Nishita Puja Timing August 12, Wed  12:21 AM 1:06 AM
Tithi August 12, Wed   11:16 AM

Note: Parana Time (time to break your fast) is after 11:16 AM on August 12, Wednesday.

ISKCON Krishna Janmashtami Puja Muhurat

Particular Date & Day Time starts Time Ends
Tithi August 11, Tue 9:06 AM  
Nishita Puja Timing August 12, Wed  12:21 AM 1:06 AM
Tithi August 12, Wed   11:16 AM

Note: Parana Time (time to break your fast) is after 6:19 AM on August 13, Thursday.

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    Dahi Handi is on August 25th

    Dahi HandiThose who plan to fast on the day of Janmashtami should eat only a single meal on the previous day. During Janmashtami, the devotees should take a Sankalpa to observe a one-day long fast and break it the next day after Rohini Nakshatra and Ashtami Tithi are over. The whole day fasting starts with the Sankalpa and it must be taken after finishing morning rituals. The fast should be broken the next day after sunrise. Nishita Kala is the appropriate time to perform the Krishna Puja. According to Vedic time-keeping system, the Nishita Kala is the midnight. The sixteen steps of the Shodashopachar Puja Vidhi should be ritualistically followed during the puja. Until the fast is broken the next day, no grains should be consumed. The fasting rules of Janmashtami are similar to that of Ekadashi. Krishna Janmashtami fasting may continue for two days. The devotees who are not able to follow this can break the fast on the next day after sunrise as per Dharmasindhu (a Hindu religious text).

    What to do on Janmashtami: Fasting, Puja Vidhi and other spiritual activities

    Bal Krishna on Swing
    • If possible, try to observe fast without water or any eatables the whole day. If it is difficult for you to observe day long fast, you can have fruits and milk as they are considered to contain satvik elements.
    • You may visit a Vishnu/Krishna temple at midnight for birth ceremony of the Lord. If a temple is not around, you may offer prayers at home in the morning. The idols of Lord Vishnu should be worshipped with sandalwood, flowers, fruits, Tulsi and dhoop. If this is not possible, you can use Vishnu Yantras. A Vishnu yantra can be installed at your place in proper direction for better results. (Read here about placement of the yantra)
    • You can offer flowers and chant Vishnu Sahasranamam (Thousands name of Lord Vishnu). Chanting thousand names of Vishnu or Vishnu Strotram has a purifying effect on the mind and the body. You can also play it in the morning while you engage in daily works. More details here.
    • You can be in a quiet room and meditate on Lord Vishnu with His mantra:"Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya". This powerful mantra was given by Sage Narada to Dhruva Maharaja as described in the Bhagavat Purana (4.8.54).
    • You can also chant the Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra on the Tulasi bead.
    • You can also perform a Krishna Puja under qualified Brahmins. Kalash Sthapana, Panchang Sthapana(Gauri Ganesh, Punyavachan, Shodash Matrika, Navgraha, Sarvotabhadra), 64 yogini Pujan, Shetrapal Pujan, Swasti Vachan, Sankalpa, Ganesh Pujan and Abhishek, Navgraha Pujan and 108 chants of each planetary mantra, Invocation of major Gods and Goddesses in Kalash, Japa of Krishna Gayatri Mantra 5100 times, Japa of Krishna Sahasranamam 51 times, Srimad Bhagwad Gita Paath, Placing and worship of Bal Gopal in Paalna (swing) followed by Puja, Aarti and Havan to complete the rituals.
    • You can wear a Ten Mukhi and a Nineteen Mukhi Rudrasksha beads for they are ruled by Lord Krishna and Narayana, respectively. Wearing these Rudraksha beads on this day purifies your inner self and strengthens your will power. They work like a shield on one's body and the wearer gets immense protection from negative energies, evil eye and psychic attacks.
    • Donate clothes, food grains, umbrellas, hand-fans, pitchers filled with water and any other items to Brahmins.

    What the legends say:

    Hailing from the Yadava's clan of Mathura, Lord Krishna was the eighth son of Vasudeva and his wife Devaki. Devaki's evil-minded brother Kansa toppled his own father King Ugrasena and assumed the stately administration. Later, a celestial prophecy predicted that the eighth child of his sister Devaki will take his life. Scared to death, Kansa had his sister and her husband Vasudev behind the bars and awaited the birth of eighth child who would be known as Krishna.

    Kansa killed the six children before his attempt to kill the seventh that was an apparent miscarriage, a clandestine shifting of the infant to Rohini as Lord Balarama. When Krishna was born, Lord Vishnu appeared in front of Vasudev and told him to carry baby Krishna to Gokul where He would be fostered by Yashoda and her husband Nanda. Vasudev did what was told to him and kept the baby secretly at Nanda's residence after crossing River Yamuna which was turbulent at nights. He returned carrying Nanda's daughter. Kansa tried to kill the baby girl thinking that it was the eight son who would kill him. But the girl morphed into Goddess Yogmaya, the divine servant of Lord Vishnu, and foretold the death of Kansa.

    After His pastimes in Gokula, Lord Krishna along with His brother Balrama eventually killed the arrogant Kansa. The festival is marked with enthusiasm, love and divine spirit across the country. The devotees observe fast and stay up till midnight, when the Lord is said to be born. Beautiful pictures of Lord Krishna are installed on the walls of homes, in swings and cradles in Krishna's temples. The worshippers congregate in homes and temples in order to recite devotional melodies, perform dance and read the verses from the Holy Bhagvad Gita.

    Dramas on the pastimes of Lord Krishna are the cream of the celebration in Vrindavan, Mathura, Manipur and other parts of the country. One of the most attractive festive activities is Dahi Handi where a group of young people imitate the Lord's pastime by creating a human tower to break a pot of butter suspending atop. This was performed by the Lord when His mother kept the butter pots out of His reach. The Lord along with his cowherd friends towered up to bring the pots down.

    Celebrating Janmashtami at home:

    • Do not worry if going out to visit Lord Krishna's temple is somewhere next to impossible. You can celebrate it at home with faithful devotion and invite others as well.
    • First, invite all your friends and family members to participate in the festive activities. Kindly ask them to decorate the house with spiritual objects related to Krishna such as posters, cradles, balloons, festoons and the like.
    • Bring or buy books filled with the songs dedicated to Lord Krishna especially Vishnava's collection of bhakti songs. You can even get audio CDs and create a spiritual atmosphere.
    • Chant the Hare Krishna mantra on the beads especially Tulasi beads if any.
    • Read the stories about Krishna's childhood pastimes.
    • If you have the idols of Radha and Krishna, dress them in new attires and embellish Their altar.
    • Celebrate the abhishek ceremony by bathing the idols with ghee, honey, yogurt, honey, fruit juices and holy water. Sing devotional sings while doing so.
    • Prepare special delicacies like kheer, sweet rice or any milk items. Also you can prepare puri, vegetables, rice, dal, ras gula, shira etc.
    • Perform aarti at midnight with kirtan, a congregational performance of devotional songs dedicated to Lord Krishna. This is the time when Lord Krishna appeared on this earth.
    Uttar Pradesh Gokul, Vrindavan and Mathura Festive celebrations
    Gujarat Dwarka Dwarkadhish Temple visited
    Maharashtra Mumbia, Pune Performing Dahi Handi
    Eastern India Odisha, Puri, Nabadwip Fasting and reading Shrimad Bhagvatam's 10th Canto
    Jammu Entire region Kite flying
    Assam Entire region Rituals and sharing prasadam
    Manipur Imphal Celebration by ISKCON
    South India Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and other Floor decorations, devotional songs, recitations of Holy Bhagvad Gita, rituals and sweets preparations.

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    Special Pujas For Shri Krishna Janmashtami


    Shri Krishna Janmashtami Maha Puja

    Shri Krishna Janmashtami Maha Puja

    Perform Shri Krishna Janmashtami Maha Puja on Krishna Janmashtami for divine grace and blessings of Lord Krishna. The Lord is gloried in all the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Puranas and other ancient Vedic literatures. Performing this puja on Janmashtami is highly auspicious and rewarding. Best or increasing Charisma, self-worth, confidence and individuality as well as success and growth in career, education and business.


    Radha Krishna Puja

    Radha Krishna Puja

    Invoke Love, Peace, Harmony and Happiness in your personal and professional life by performing Radha Krishna Puja on Shri Krishna Janmashtami. Lord Krishna represents Universal Love and Affection only when He is accompanied by Radha, the Queen of Vrindavana. This puja is best for getting a desired partner and seeking harmony in relationships.



    Article Written by Neeta Singhal

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