Janmashtami 2023: What’s Its Significance, How It’s Celebrated, Dishes To Make & More About It

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Janmashtami 2023: What’s Its Significance, How It’s Celebrated, Dishes To Make & More About It

Krishna Janmashtami or Gokulashtami is the celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna. Since Lord Krishna was born at midnight on Janmashtami, the celebrations typically last for two days. This year, Krishna Janmashtami will be celebrated on September 6, and Dahi Handi will be celebrated on September 7. There is a wave of happiness in the air, so we decided to bring you, all you should know about this festival!

Significance Of Krishna Janmashtami

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On the Ashtami Tithi of Krishna Paksha in the month of Bhadrapada, the holiday is observed. In accordance with Hindu tradition, Lord Krishna was born on this day in the Rohini Nakshatra. 

He has been recognized as the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu since his birth and was born in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura city. 

According to Hindu mythology, Vasudeva, who was detained in a dungeon, carried the newborn in a basket after his birth all the way from there to Gokul, where Nanda and Yashoda nurtured him. 


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On Janmashtami, miniature idols are dressed in clothes and placed in cradles after being washed. 

Throughout the day and night, devotees maintain fasts, practice meditation and prayer, and sing devotional songs (bhajans). Numerous temples undertake elaborate rituals that recreate significant moments from Krishna’s life, particularly his birth and early years. 

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The Celebration Of Evil’s Defeat

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Hindu mythology claims that young Krishna and his buddies would construct human pyramids to access dahi and butter pots that were suspended high out of their reach. 

Eventually, this custom developed into the Dahi Handi festival that is celebrated today. As participants cooperate to create the human pyramid, it symbolizes cooperation, teamwork, and harmony.


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Lord Krishna’s favorite foods are made and served as prasad on Sri Krishnashtami. Meva ke ladoo, murukku, or chakli are just a few of the mouthwatering foods that are traditionally served on Janmashtami. 

Makhana Paag, a mixture of foxnuts, coconut, milk, and sugar, is one of them. Also available is a savory meal called Gopalkala, which is simply curd and coconut-based poha. 

Additionally, among the mouthwatering foods made for Janmashtami are kheer, dhaniya panjiri, boondi ke ladoo, and pedas.  

The celebration of Janmashtami is associated with optimism. It represents the defeat of evil and the beginning of goodness and prosperity. 

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How is this festival celebrated in your city?

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