Janamashtami or Gokul ashtami is one of the biggest Hindu festivals of the world. We celebrate it to mark the birth of 8th avatar of Lord Vishnu- Shri Krishna. It is marked with various celebrations across the world. We also call it as Krishna janamashtami/GopalKala. We celebrate it with an elaborate Janamashtami food menu.
How to do we celebrate Janamashtami?People dress up kids as Lord Krishna and Radha Rani across the world to mark the festival. Most people throng to ISKCON temples across the world to celebrate and participate in the festivities. The celebrations in Krishna janamasthali at Mathura are fabulous. Braj, Puri, Vrindavan, Udupi, Dwarka, Nathdwara and Guruvayur. Festivities begin before dawn and extend until the next day. On this day, many devotees fast until midnight, to seek Krishna’s blessings. Many devotees mark the day with Bhajan-Kirtans and Japa. Everyone is overwhelmed with Bhakti Ras. We also do the abhishek. First, we bathe the deities in holy water and milk. Next is saffron, rose petals and sandalwood. The whole atmosphere looks surreal amidst chanting of hymns. Later, we offer sweets to the Lord and distribute it as prasad or bhog.