Shri Krishna has always been the center of our faith. Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated with great joy and glee not only in India but throughout the world. People celebrate Janmashtami on Kanhaji’s birthday. In India, people of Hindu religion celebrate Janmashtami with their customs. A grand fair is organized in many places during Shri Krishna Janmashtami. Vrindavan, Mathura, Dwarka, Teghra (Bihar), etc., a very marvelous fair is organized in many places. On this day lovely tunes are also decorated in the temples, which are crowded to see. Not only this, people decorate their Bal Gopalas in the image of Lord Shri Krishna and by which the entire atmosphere becomes prosperous. According to the Hindu calendar, the birth anniversary of Krishna is celebrated on the eighth day of Raksha Bandhan. Janmashtami is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. Some popular name of Shri Krishna are Gopal, Ghanshyam, Bal Mukund, Gopi Manohar, Shyam, Govind, Murari, Murlidhar, etc. On the occasion of Janmashtami, devotees fast for Krishna to please Krishna. In this fast, some other items can also be used with fruit, such as milk, curd, butter, ache, etc. There is a tradition of making something sweet on this day in particular. Birth of Shri Krishna Krishna Ji was the eighth child of Vasudev and Devaki Ji, they were born in his maternal uncle’s house at 12.00 pm. To rescue Krishna from Mama Kansa, Krishna’s father Shri Vasudev Ji take him to Nandlal house. Nand Baba and Yashoda Ji did many good deeds in their childhood.
Krishna Ji is also considered the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Janmashtami is also known by the names of Ashtami Rohini, Sri Jayanti Krishna Jayanti, Rohini Ashtami, and Krishnashtami Gokulashtami.
Dahi-Handi / Moti Bosh Competition
There is also a tradition of organizing curd-honey contest at the holy festival of Janmashtami. Govinda also participates in this competition. A stick filled with buttermilk etc. is hung with the help of a rope and then an attempt is made to break the pot.
Story of Shri Krishna and Snake Kalia
A beautiful lake of sweet water was connected to the river Yamuna was. From somewhere, a very poisonous snake came whose name was Kalia. Kalia’s poison was dissolved very fast in Yamuna river water.
Once a person was grazing his cow, when he drank the water of the lake, he died. When Lord Krishna came to know about this, he revived that person with his power.
After that Shri Krishna jumped into the lake water. Krishna went inside the water. When Krishna did not come out of water for a long time, the people of the village gathered and waited for him on the riverside. Many people are scared too. After some time, snake Kaliya came in front of the Krishna from inside the water and came upon attacking Krishna.
In a while, Krishna grabbed Kaliya and climbed his head. Kaliya was a thousand head snake. Krishna started dancing fast on his head and due to dancing fast, snake Kaliya mouth started bleeding. Seeing this, Kalia wife came up from the water and she asked for the life of Kalia.
Krishna asked him to leave the Yamuna River and asked to go to Ramana Island. At the same time, Krishna assured Kalia that Garuda would never attack him because he had feet of Krishna on his head. After listening to this, Kalia was very happy and he left the beautiful lake of Yamuna River with his wife.