The one who has left the entire Universe speechless with his adventures, Lord Krishna is considered to be the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Now, the Lord’s birth anniversary will be celebrated on Wednesday 12 August, 2020. According to the Hindu Panchang, this pious occasion is observed during the Ashtami Tithi of Krishna Paksha while the Bhadrapada month goes on. Despite this, if you have any ongoing queries in your mind with regard to the current situations of the world, then you can click here and ask your respective queries to our esteemed astrologers.
According to traditions and beliefs, on this very day, Lord Vishnu took birth as Krishna. According to the English calendar, this festival usually arrives in between the months of August and September. People all across the globe take part in Puja kirtan and stay awake for the entire night to celebrate the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna.
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Lord Krishna was the eighth child born to Devaki when she was imprisoned by her brother Kansa. It is said about Lord Krishna that he was named so by Acharya Garg because of being dark in colour. Lord Sri Krishna was born in the city of Mathura and he spent his childhood days in places like Gokul, Vrindavan, Nandgaon, Barsana, Dwarka and many others.
Once the great battle of Mahabharata ended, Lord Krishna ruled over Dwarka for 36 years. Since Lord Krishna was born on the Ashtami Tithi of Krishna Paksha during the Bhadrapad month. This particular Tithi is also known as Krishna Janmashtami every year. Meanwhile, Krishna Janmashtami, Gokulashtami Kanhaiya Ashtami, Kanhaiya Aathe, Shri Krishna Jayanti, Shri Shri Jayanti, are the various other names attributed to this festival.
Janmashtami Shubh Muhurat and Timings
Janmashtami Puja Muhurat 2020
Nishith Puja Muhurat
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After 05:48:49, on 13 August 2020
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Shri Krishna Janmashtami: Importance
According to Hindu religious scriptures, the fast of Shri Krishna Vrat is also known as ‘Vratraj’, which is why there is special importance of fasting on this day. It is believed that this fast alone is capable of giving the fruits of many other fasts. All kinds of sufferings of human beings can be overcome with the mere benediction of Krishna, who is called the eighth avatar/incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Any devotee who observes this fast with a true heart and mind attains greatness.
The Janmashtami fast also comes across as a boon for childbirth, happiness, prosperity, growth of offspring, longevity and gain freedom from Pitra dosha etc. The people who have a weak Moon placed in their Kundli can also get benefits by doing a special puja on Janmashtami.
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Lord Krishna Known by Various Names in the Different States
Though Lord Krishna has many names, there are some names which are very popular and are known by those names in different states. In Uttar Pradesh, Lord Sri Krishna is known by the names of Brajwasi, Madhav, Nand Gopal, Banke Bihari, Vasudev, Govind and Gopi, while in Rajasthan he is referred to as “Shri Nathji” and “Thakur Ji”. Known as “Dwarkadhish” and “Ranchoddas” in Gujarat, Vitthal in Maharashtra.
In Orissa, Lord Krishna is called as “Lord Jagannath” or “Gopal Ji” in Bengal. In South India, Lord Krishna is worshipped by the name of “Venkatesh” or “Govinda”, while in Northeast regions like Assam, Tripura, Nepal etc., people worship him by the name Krishna only. But, no matter what the name is, people all across the country and the world have true reverence in their hearts for Lord Krishna and hence they worship him very dearly.
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Janmashtami Fast and Puja Vidhi
The Janmashtami fast is commemorated by various people according to their devotion and wishes. Some people observe a fast on the day before Janmashtami, while most people observe fast on the day of Janmashtami by observing fast on Ashtami Tithi and observing the ParnaNavami Tithi. Both men and women can keep this fast.
- The person who observes the Janmashtami fast should eat satvik food a day before the fast i.e. on Saptami.
- Take a bath on Ashtami i.e. on a fasting day in the morning. Thenceforth, eulogize all the Gods and Goddesses and sit facing the east or north direction.
- Now take an oath to fast by taking water and flowers etc. in your hands and worship Bal Gopal by adhering to all the rites and rituals.
- In the afternoon, mix black sesame seeds with water and take a bath again. Now make a maternity home for Devaki ji. Put a beautiful bed in this thread house and install an urn on it.
- Now duly worship Devaki, Vasudev, Baldev, Nand, Yashoda and Lakshmi Ji.
- Take a bath back before 12 o’clock at night. Now put a red cloth on a pedestal and install a statue or picture of Lord Krishna on it.
- After bathing Krishna’s idol with Panchamrit and Gangajal, make him wear new clothes.
- Offer incense sticks, lamp, Roli to Bal Gopal and apply Tilak of Akshat and offer Makhan-Mishri to the Lord. Do not forget to use Gangajal and Tulsi leaves while worshipping. Seek the blessings of Bal Gopal after worshipping him methodically.
- People observing a fast should break it only after twelve o’clock in the night. (Grains should not be consumed during this fast. You can eat fruits or else make a Kuttu or water chestnut flour pudding.)
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Lord Krishna Worshipped Three Times a Day
The festival of Janmashtami, which lasts for two days and during this, some people fast before the birth of Krishna takes place, while some others observe the fast on the day of Krishna’s birth and open the fast after birth takes place at night.
On this day, Krishna is primarily worshipped three times. You can also get the blessings of Lord Krishna by fasting according to your own devotion and faith. Let us know about the Puja ceremonies performed during all the three times.
- First Puja
On the day of Janmashtami, the first Puja is commemorated even before the Sun rises. For this, one needs to wake up before sunrise and take a bath and then duly worship Krishna. During this time, the people who observe the fast should worship the child incarnation of Krishna. Those who keep their fasts a day before Janmashtami can open their fast after this first Puja.
- Second Puja
The second Puja on the day of Janmashtami is performed in the afternoon. First of all, perform the Jalabhishek of Goddess Devaki in the afternoon, after this the Sutika Grah should be constructed and worshipped. After worshipping Devaki Mata, worship Shri Krishna by following all the rites and rituals.
- Third Puja
The third Puja commemorated during Janmashtami day is very special, as it is done especially when the clock strikes 12 at midnight i.e. at the time of Krishna’s birth. At this time, natives worship the child form of Shri Krishna. Also, people observing fasts on the day of Janmashtami can break their fasts after offering Bhog(offerings)to Kanha.
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Things to keep in mind During Janmashtami
Do not pose threats to any kind of trees and plants on this special day. Help the poor and needy people as much as you can. Go to a Radha-Krishna temple on this day and pay a visit to the Lord. If possible, organize kirtan at your home or at the temple. Lord Krishna loved the feathers of peacocks (Morpankh), so while worshipping the Lord on the occasion of Janmashtami, keep one feather near the idol or picture of Krishna at the place of worship. A wooden flute must also be kept near the idol of Krishna ji.
Do not Forget to Make These Offerings to the Lord
56 offerings or Bhogas are offered to Lord Krishna on the day of Janmashtami, but it is very difficult for the common people to make the necessary arrangements for the same. Many people think that their worship would remain incomplete due to the unavailability of 56 Bhogas, but it is not the case. Even if you offer “Makhan-Mishri”(sweets) to the Lord with devotion, he can be pleased instantly. According to mythological beliefs, Balgopal loved Makkhan or butter, which he often used to steal with his friends. For this same reason, he was also given the name ‘Makhan Chor’.
How to Appease Lord Krishna as per your Zodiac Sign
On the occasion of Janmashtami, we worship the Lord with great joy and fervour and also offer Bhog to Krishna Ji. Interestingly, we have brought to you this special piece which consists of Puja methods as per your zodiac sign, which will help you to appease Lord Krishna instantly. Along with this, you will also find the necessary Mantra to chant as per your zodiac sign. Let us take a look at them now.
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On the day of Janmashtami, Aries natives should perform the Abhishek of Balagopal with Gangajal and offer him sweets made of milk, coconut ladoos and Makhan-Mishri and chant this mantra with a Tulsi rosary.
Mantra – ūm̐ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya nama:”।
मंत्र – ” ऊँ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय नम:”।
On the day of Janmashtami, Taurus natives should perform the Abhishek of Lord Krishna with Panchamrit and then offer sweets of Chenne, Panjiri and Makhane and chant this mantra 11 times with a lotus rosary.
Mantra – ” śrīrādhākṛṣṇa śaraṇam mama”।
मंत्र -” श्रीराधाकृष्ण शरणम् मम”।
On the occasion of Janmashtami, Gemini natives should perform the Abhishek of Lord Krishna and offer Panch Meva, Kaju sweets and bananas and recite the Mantra given below on a Sphatik Mala.
Mantra – ” śrīrādhāyai svāhā”
मंत्र – ” श्रीराधायै स्वाहा“
On the occasion of Janmashtami, Cancer natives should perform the Abhishek of Lord Krishna with Ghee and chant this Mantra five times while offering saffron or Khoye ki barfi and raw coconut.
Mantra – “śrīrādhāvallabhāya nama:”
मंत्र – “श्रीराधावल्लभाय नम:”
On the day of Krishna’s birth anniversary, the natives of Leo zodiac sign should conduct the Abhishek of the Lord with Gangajal and honey and make an offering of red pedas (sweets), pomegranate and jaggery to Muralidhar
Mantra – “ūm̐ vaiṣṇave nama:”।
मंत्र – “ऊँ वैष्णवे नम:“।
On the day of Janmashtami, the natives of Virgo zodiac sign should perform the Abhishek of the Lord by adding ghee in milk. Later on, offer fruits, milk sweets, guava and pears and chant this mantra 11 times.
Mantra – “śrī rādhāyai svāhā”।
मंत्र – “श्री राधायै स्वाहा”।
Natives belonging to the zodiac sign Libra should perform the Abhishek of the Lord with sugar and milk on the day of Krishna’s birth anniversary and chant this mantra 11 times while offering the Lord Khoya Barfi, Makhan-Mishri, banana and Kalakand.
Mantra – “rlī kṛṣṇa rlī”।
मंत्र – “र्ली कृष्ण र्ली”।
On the day of Janmashtami, Scorpio natives should perform the Abhishek of Lord Krishna with Panchamrit, offer him Gulab Jamun, jaggery sweets, prasad made of coconut and recite the Mantra given below 11 times.
Mantra – “śrīvṛṃdāvaneśvarī rādhāyai nama:”।
मंत्र – “श्रीवृंदावनेश्वरी राधायै नम:”।
On the day of Janmashtami, Sagittarius natives should perform the Abhishek of Lord Krishna with milk and honey, make offerings of sweets made of Besan and some other yellow fruit. The Mantra given below should be chanted 5 times.
Mantra – “ūm̐ namo nārāyaṇāya” ।
मंत्र – “ऊँ नमो नारायणाय” ।
On the day of Krishna’s birth anniversary, the natives of Leo zodiac sign should conduct the Abhishek of the Lord with Gangajal and make offerings of Lal Pede( sweets), Gulab Jamun and grapes while reciting the Mantra 5 times given below.
Mantra – “ūm̐ rlī gopījanavallabhāya nama:”।
मंत्र – “ऊँ र्ली गोपीजनवल्लभाय नम:”।
On the day of Janmashtami, Aquarius natives should perform the Abhishek of Lord Krishna with Panchamrit and make offerings of brown colour sweets, Panch Meva, Chiku. Also, the Mantra given below should be recited 11 times.
Mantra – “ūm̐ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya nama:”।
मंत्र – “ऊँ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय नम:”।
On the day of Janmashtami, Pisces natives should perform the Abhishek of Lord Krishna with Panchamrit. Also, sweets made of Meva, Cardamom and coconut should be offered to the Lord while chanting the Mantra given below.
Mantra – “ūm̐ rlī gokulanāthāya nama:”
मंत्र -“ऊँ र्ली गोकुलनाथाय नम:”
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