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Happy Krishna Janmashtami! Know All About The Festival

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| August 14 , 2017 , 13:08 IST

India is better known as the land of festivals. None of the months pass by without the joy of celebration surrounding the Indians. The infectious smiles and laughter exchanged among people make the festivals all more fascinating.

Another interesting festival has arrived which has all the Indians bustling with excitement. A day which is perceived as the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna - Janmashtami. This year, Janmashtami is to be celebrated on August 14th.

Lord Krishna is epitome of solicitude and and integrity. He is described as the 8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu born to Devaki and Vasudev while they were being held captive by Kansa - the king of Mathura in Dwapar Yuga.

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Krishna is mostly remembered for saving the people of Mathura from the cruelty of their evil King, Kansa. Due to a prophecy stating that the 7th born child of Devaki and Vasudev shall kill Kansa, all the other siblings of Krishna were killed by the latter.

During Krishna's birth, his father, Vasudev was guided by mystic forces to Vrindavan where Nanda and Yasoda took Krishna under their wing and raise him. Krishna, as warned by the prophecy later, killed Kansa and turned Mathura back into a happy place.

Janmashtami is observed in the Hindu month of Shravana on Ashtami Tithi as Rohini Nakshatra prevailed. Krishna has taught mankind the basic essence of life. His teachings to Arjun in the battle of Kurukshetra serves as the pathway of truth and compassion to many.

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The celebration goes on till midnight when Nishita Kala begins, observed as the time of Krishna's birth. Then the worship begins which this year shall begin at 12.20 AM on August 15 and end at 1.05 AM.

Devotees observe fast and worship while singing praising songs for the iconic figure on Janmashtami as the way of devotion to Lord Krishna. This year, the devotees who are observing fast can break it on August 15 after 5:39 PM.

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