“Of Lights I am the radiant Sun” Lord Krishna, Bhagwad Gita 10.21
When ignorance is the default mode of thinking, Krishna is the path of knowledge. Krishna is the one who created cosmos out of chaos, one who mitigates all evil and provides wisdom and inner bliss. He was the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu and is highly revered by Hindus all over the world.
Shri Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated every year on the eighth day of Krishna Paksh in the month of Shrawan. It is one of the biggest Hindu festivals and celebrated by Hindus particularly Vaishnavas, all over the world with great vigour and zeal. This festival marks the victory of good over evil.
Janamashtami is celebrated with great enthusiasm and be it kid or adult everybody participate in the celebration with equal verve. Different part of India celebrates Janmashtami in different way, in Maharashtra it is celebrated by organizing Dahi Handi, In Gujarat and Rajashtan it is celebrated by singing folk songs and dancing. In Chhattisgarh and various other parts of India People celebrate this festival by performing dance, drama, cultural programs, Jagaran, organizing fair, fasting and by performing maha aarti at the end of the day.
This year Shri Krishna Janamashtami was celebrated with lots of exuberance in a very substantial way by Hare Krishna Movement Raipur in Ramswaroop Niranjanlal Dharamshala. Celebration was held on 14th and 15th of August and this two days festivity included various cultural and spiritual programs.
Along with special bhajans and kirtans, Dance, Drawing, Rangoli, Music, Cooking and various other competitions were also part of the celebration. More than 700 kids fervently participated in the program and helped make this auspicious day eventful.
Shri Krishna was born at midnight, so next day of Janmashtami is celebrated as Nandotsav, which celebrates the day when Nand baba distributes gifts on the occasion of Krishna’s birth. On 15th of August, grand bhajan and kirtan were held throughout the day in Iskcon temple, Raipur, to commemorate the birth of Shri Krishna and ‘darshan’ of gorgeously decorated Radha Krishna was given to hundreds of people. Grand ‘Abhishek’ of the deity was done and finally Maha Aarti was performed at 1:30 P.M.
It was one of a kind celebration that people are going to cherish for a very long time.
Jai Shri Krishna!!
By- Preeti Jha, a creative writer, a bibliophile and loves to play with words.
Pictures- Abhimanyu Jha, Batman.