Krishna Janmashtami, also known as Janmashtami or Gokulashtami celebrated every year as the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. According to the Hindu Calendar, this day is celebrated on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha in the month of Shravana. Now, this year the Janmashtami is been celebrated on Monday, 3rd September.
As per the sayings, Krishna’s birth date was 18th July 3102 BCE, and he departed from this world on 18th February 3228 BCE, which is considered as the start of KalYuga. Hence, he lived for 126 years and 5 months as per the said calculations.
Krishna was the son of Devaki and Vasudeva and his birthday is celebrated by Hindus as Janmashtami. Janmashtami is celebrated when Krishna was born according to Hindu tradition in Mathura, at midnight on the eighth day of Bhadrapada month.
He was born in the Jail of Mathura where Devki and Vasudev were imprisoned by Kansa. The day winsome baby was born, unbelievably his father got freed from the prison. Therefore just after the birth, his father Vasudeva took Krishna across Yamuna, to harbor parents in Gokul, named Nanda and Yashoda.
This saga is celebrated on Janmashtami by people through fasting, singing devotional songs of love for Krishna. After Krishna’s midnight hour birth, statues of baby Krishna are washed and clothed, then placed in a cradle. The devotees then break their fast, by sharing foods and sweets. Women use to draw tiny foot prints outside their house doors and kitchen, walking towards their house, a symbolism for Krishna’s journey into their homes.