Krishna Janmashtami 2023: Confusion Over Date – September 6 or 7?
The annual celebration of Krishna Janmashtami, known by various names like Gokulashtami, Shrikrishna Jayanti, and Krishnasthami, is a grand and significant event observed with great fervor across the natio
The Date Dilemma: Choosing the Right Day
Krishna Janmashtami, which falls on the Ashtami Tithi of Krishna Paksha in the Bhadrapad month, poses a conundrum this year. Devotees are uncertain whether to mark the festivities on September 6 or 7. The dual dates are a result of the overlap between Rohini Nakshatra and Ashtami Tithi during the night of Janmashtami.
Janmashtami Observance: Two Consecutive Days
The combination of Rohini Nakshatra and Ashtami Tithi overlapping on September 6 and 7 has led to a unique situation. Accordingly, Janmashtami will be observed on both days. While the main Janmashtami celebrations will occur on September 6, the lively Dahi Handi festivities will take place on September 7.
Shubh Muhurat for Janmashtami 2023
Drik Panchang suggests that the Nishita Puja time, ideal for worship, will span from 11:57 pm to 12:42 am on September 7. This auspicious period encompasses the worship of Lord Krishna’s birth anniversary and his toddler forms, Bal Gopal and Laddu Gopal. The Parana time, signifying the end of fasting, is set for 4:14 pm on September 7.
Celebrating Lord Krishna’s Birth
Krishna Janmashtami is a joyful celebration of Lord Krishna’s birth anniversary. Devotees pay homage to his adorable form as Bal Gopal and Laddu Gopal. This year holds special significance as it marks Lord Krishna’s 5250th birthday according to Vedic chronology.
Observance and Festivities
Devotees celebrate Janmashtami by visiting temples, observing fasts, adorning their homes, creating delectable dishes, and dressing up Lord Krishna’s idol. While the festivities resonate throughout the country, the most elaborate celebrations take place in Mathura, Lord Krishna’s birthplace, and Vrindavan, where he spent his formative years.
Reverence and Festivity Unite
Krishna Janmashtami is a remarkable blend of devotion and celebration, where devotees express their reverence for Lord Krishna while rejoicing in the festive spirit. As the auspicious day approaches, the nation prepares to immerse itself in the adoration of the divine child Krishna, fostering a sense of unity and shared devotion among its people.