The Birthday of Lord Krishna

Birthday celebrations are always fun. When nearly half the world joins in the celebration, the result is truly colourful and joyous.

On August 25, Mangalore celebrated the birthday of Lord Krishna, called Krishna Janmashtami. In fact, Hindus all over the world celebrate Krishna Janmashtami, which also goes under the names of Krishnashtami, Ashtami Rohini. Saatam Aatham, Janmashtami, Ashtami, or Sree Jayanti.

Lord Krishna, one of the several deities in the Hindu pantheon, is considered to be the eighth reincarnation of Vishnu. Vishnu, one of the three major deities in the pantheon, is considered to be the protector or preserver of all creation. He functions in collaboration with the other two major deities—Brahma the creator and Shiva the destroyer. Devotees celebrate Ashtami by worshipping Krishna, fasting, singing bhajans, exchanging gifts, staying up till long after midnight, organizing readings of the Bhagavad Gita, conducting various competitions for children, and placing idols of the infant Krishna is beautifully decorated cradles.


Ashtami in Swaminarayan Temple, London by Around the GlobeCC-BY-SA-3.0 – via Wikimedia Commons

The day after Ashtami is Mosaru Kudike, a celebration of the playful and mischievous side of Lord Krishna. This festival, which is celebrated all over Mangalore, literally unites all communities.

Here is a colourful picture of the Mosaru Kudike near my house.


Does this article remind you of similar celebrations in your locality? Do share your views and experiences in the comments box below. I just love comments.


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