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Sep 6, 2023 @ 18:30 - 22:00

Celebrate Krishna Janmashtami: The Birth of Lord Krishna

Krishna Janmashtami, also known as Janmashtami or Gokulashtami, is one of the most significant and joyous festivals in Hinduism. It celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, who is considered the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This auspicious occasion is observed with great fervor and devotion by millions of Hindus worldwide. In this article, we’ll explore the significance, customs, and traditions associated with Krishna Janmashtami.

Date and Timing: Krishna Janmashtami falls on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in the month of Bhadrapada of the Hindu lunar calendar, which usually falls in August or September of the Gregorian calendar. Devotees keep fasts and participate in various activities throughout the day and night to commemorate Lord Krishna’s birth, with the main celebration taking place at midnight, the exact time of his birth.

Significance: Krishna Janmashtami holds immense spiritual and cultural significance. It symbolizes the victory of good over evil and the birth of a divine being who played a crucial role in spreading the message of righteousness and dharma (duty) through the Bhagavad Gita. Lord Krishna is also known for his mischievous childhood antics, his divine love with Radha, and his heroic deeds, making him a beloved deity among Hindus.

Customs and Traditions:

  1. Fasting: Devotees observe a fast on this day, abstaining from grains and certain food items until midnight when Lord Krishna is believed to have been born.
  2. Temple Visits: Pilgrims throng to temples dedicated to Lord Krishna, where special prayers and rituals are conducted. These temples are beautifully decorated, and idols of Lord Krishna are adorned with new clothes and jewelry.
  3. Ras Leela: In some regions, reenactments of the Ras Leela (divine dance) by Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha are performed. These performances showcase the love and devotion between the divine couple.
  4. Dahi Handi: A popular tradition in Maharashtra involves forming human pyramids to break an earthen pot filled with curd and butter, symbolizing Lord Krishna’s love for dairy products.
  5. Swinging the Cradle: A cradle is beautifully decorated, and an idol of baby Krishna is placed in it. Devotees take turns swinging the cradle as they sing devotional songs.
  6. Offerings: Devotees prepare a variety of special dishes, such as butter, sweets, and other vegetarian delicacies, to offer to Lord Krishna.
  7. Bhagavad Gita Recitation: Many devotees read or recite verses from the Bhagavad Gita, which is a sacred scripture containing Lord Krishna’s teachings.

Conclusion: Krishna Janmashtami is a day of joy, devotion, and reflection for Hindus around the world. It provides an opportunity to connect with the divine and celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna, who continues to inspire people with his timeless teachings. Whether you observe this auspicious day through fasting, temple visits, or cultural festivities, Krishna Janmashtami is a time for spiritual growth and unity among devotees.

Let’s come together to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna and seek his blessings for a life filled with love, wisdom, and righteousness.


Sep 6, 2023
18:30 - 22:00
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Mon-Fri-18:30 – 20:00


Sat-Sun-18:00 – 20.00

(Pandit Availability -18.30-19.30)

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Kunskapsgatan 1, 417 56 Göteborg, Sweden

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