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Celebration Of Krishna Janmashtami

Janmashtami is an important religious celebration remembering Krishna’s earthly appearance. In holy texts, He is referred to as God. So why and how does the celebration of Krishna Janmashtami happen?

What separates Krishna from other manifestations of the divine? It’s His distinct, approachable personality. Krishna interacts with each devotee who offers him love uniquely and personally. He takes on the personas of a charming and amusing son, a passionate lover, and a caring friend. Devotees honor Krishna in all of these forms on Janmashtami. Krishna responds specifically to His intimate associates and connects with the deepest feelings and wishes held within each worshipper’s heart. Remember that He will return the favor if you choose to worship Krishna on Janmashtami. Remember that He will return the favor if you choose to worship Krishna on Janmashtami. It is a deeply personal and meditative devotional experience that unites worshippers with the divine.

Radha Krishna at ISKCON

How to celebrate Krishna Janmashtami

Janmashtami is a lively and extended Nepal celebration with many Vaishnava temples. Celebration of Krishna Janmashtami begin before sunrise and continue throughout the day. And concluding at midnight on the anniversary of Krishna’s glorious appearance. These festivities include a rich artwork of rites and activities:

Kirtan

Kirtan is a gathering of devotees who chant the Lord’s name in unison, creating a sense of spiritual togetherness and devotion.

Japa

Individuals make intimate and personal prayers, establishing a deep connection with the divine.

Feasts

Some devotees make magnificent feasts with over a hundred tasty foods, while others execute dramatic acts and attractive dances.

Adornind Deity

Some worshippers closely clothe and decorate Krishna’s divinity, while others create floral arrangements.

Auspicious Rituals

Cinnamon smell fills the air, and people hear out sacred scriptures aloud. Except for the young and the elderly, many people follow a day-long fast.

Abhisheka

Acleansing ceremony known as “abhisheka” is perform, which involves the ceremonial bathing of the deities in various fortunate liquids. This rite lasts up to two hours and is complete with amazing majesty and silence.

Krishna Mandir
Nepalese Hindu devotees gather to celebrate the birth of Hindu Lord Krishna ‘Krishna Janmashtami’ at Lalitpur.
(Source: Kathmandu Post)

Gaura Parva

In western Nepal, the Gaura Parva event falls on the same day as Shree Krishna Janmashtami. This event is significant because it recalls Goddess Gaura’s (Parvati’s) supreme union with Lord Shiva.

According to another narrative, King Sahastrarjuna of the Heheya dynasty tragically killed Bhriguvansi Brahmins while attempting to regain his treasure in ancient times. In response, the Brahmin widows began on a fast and passionately prayed to Goddess Gauri for protection of their honor and integrity.

Surprisingly, one of these Brahmin women eventually gave birth to an exceptional son, causing the king, Sahastrarjuna, to lose sight due to his deeds.

Recognizing the gravity of his actions, the king humbly apologizes to the women. This festival is observed with tremendous reverence and devotion in honor of Goddess Gauri’s generosity and power.

Nepali women celebrating Gaura Parva
Women from far western Nepal dance during the celebration of Gaura festival at Tundikhel in Kathmandu.
(Source: The Kathmandu Post)

In The End

Nepal is undoubtedly a nation of beautiful cultural diversity. As we observe these holidays, we are reminded of the tremendous value of accepting our differences, for it is in this unity within diversity that we find our greatest strength and success. Let us move on with divine forces’ blessings, drawing on the richness of our traditions and the strength of our collective spirit. Everyone has a happy Gaura Parva and a happy Shree Krishna Janmashtami!

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