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Janmashtami 2022: When To Observe Fast; History And Significance In India

The most spectacular celebrations of the festival though take place in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura and Vrindavan, where it is believed that Lord Krishna was born and grew up.

Janmashtami 2022
Priests offering prayer to Lord Radha Krishna at Sri Krishna Janambhoomi temple. (Image: ANI)

New Delhi: The auspicious festival of Lord Krishna’s birth, Janmashtami, is celebrated widely across India. It is one of the most prominent and joyous day celebrated by the Hindus across the world.

The most spectacular celebrations of the festival though take place in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura and Vrindavan, where it is believed that Lord Krishna was born and grew up.

History

The festival is observed by Hindus on Ashtami Tithi of Krishna Paksha in Bhadrapad month. Termed by many as Gokulashtami or Shrikrishna Jayanti, this year would mark the 5249th birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, according to the Vedic time chronology.

Significance

Shri Krishna Janmashtami is the celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna was born in Mathura to Devki and Vasudev.

Lord Krishna was the human incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who was born to destroy the demon king of Mathura, Kansa.

Janmashtami Date This Year

The date on which fast for Krishna Janmashtami will be observed is creating a confusion amongst devotees. Just like Raksha Bandhan, this time too, people are confused about two dates: August 18 and August 19.

Every year the festival of Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated on the Ashtami Tithi of Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapada.

While some believe that on August 19, there will be Ashtami Tithi for the whole day and sunrise will also take place on this date. Hence Janmashtami will be celebrated on 19th August.

But as many devotees believe, Shri Krishna was born on Ashtami date at midnight, so this festival will be celebrated on August 18.

Thus, the festival will be celebrated on both days, but the fast will be observed on August 19.

Shubh Mahurat

The Shubh Mahurat for Janmashtami puja, Nishith Puja will last from 12:03 to 12:47 on August 19. The total duration of Nishith Puja will be 44 minutes.

According to the Drik Panchang, Krishna Janmashtami will fall on two consecutive days this year. The Ashtami Tithi will begin at 9.20 PM on August 18 and end at 10.59 PM on August 19.