This festival is also known as Sri Krishna Jayanthi, Ashtami Rohini, Gokulashtami, Krishnashtami
|The Mischievous Baby- Lord Krishna|
|The Young, Enchanting Krishna|
|Young Krishna stealing Butter|
|The Enchanting Lord Krishna with Flute|
The festival is observed by fasting on the previous day, which is broken only at midnight, the time when Krishna is believed to have been born. Sanskrit hymns are recited in praise of Lord Krishna during this festival. At Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, the birth place of Lord Krishna, special spiritual gatherings are organised at this time. Pilgrims from all over India attend these festive gatherings.
The devotees of Lord Krishna celebrate this festival with great pomp and gaiety in Krishna temples. Some of the famous Krishna temples in South India are Sri Krishna Temple at Guruvayur, Sri Krishna Temple at Udupi and ISKON temples.
|Celebrating the Birth of Lord Krishna|
Sri Krishna Jayanti marks the celebration of the birth of Bhagavan Sri Krishna. Lord Sri Krishna was born on the 'Rohini' nakshatram (star) on Ashtami day. The festival Sri Krishna Jayanti is also known as Gokulashtami and Janmashtami. The actual day of celebration can be on two different days as the star 'Rohini' and Ashtami may not be on the same day. This occurs between August and September on the Christian calendar.
|Lord Krishna with a pot of Butter|
According to traditional sources, theJanmashtami is observed on the day when the ashtami tithi occurs at midnight. If the ashtami tithi AND the Rohini nakshatra occur on the same day, then the observance is considered to be doubly sacred; otherwise the observance is held on the day on which the ashtami prevails at midnight. The vratam mainly consists of fasting, spending the whole night in the worship of Krishna, reciting hymns of praise and Krishna's pastimes, reciting prayers from the Bhagavata, offering arghya to Krishna, and the parana or the ceremonial breaking of the fast. The next day is celebrated as Krishna Jayanti.
|Sri Krishna as Lord Vishnu|
|Lord Krishna in all His Splendour|
|Lord Krishna and His many Leelas|
|Vasudeva Carrying Krishna|
A striking feature of his character was his supreme detachment to power. Though he had personally destroyed many an evil ruler, he never coveted those kingdoms for himself. He installed the next of king as the rightful heirs in those places. And he himself remained utterly simple and unassuming till the very last. After the killing of Kamsa, he chose for himself a menial task like the receptionist at the court of Ugrasena whom he himself had installed as the king of Mathura. Himself a king and known all over the land as the mightiest and the wisest on the face of the earth, he however mixed freely with one and all. He embraced his old, poor friend Sudaama and ate with extreme relish the dry beaten rice offered by him and left him endowed with rich presents.
|Lord Krishna in the Nandagokula|
|Krishna with Balrama and other |
|The Powers of Lord Krishna|
|Lord Krishna -Protector of the Good and |
Destroyer of the Unholy
|Sriman Narayana Manifested |
in Sri Krishna
|Lord Krishna - Bhakthi and Jnaana |
|Bhagavat Gita and Lord Krishna|
|Lord Krishna the Supreme-Divine Teacher|
|Lord Krishna - Gajendra Moksham|
|Lord Krishna's Awe-inspiring |
|The Illuminated Universe in the mouth|
of Young Lord Krishna
|Lord Krishna -The much-Ardored Child|
|Krishna with Lord Brahma|
|All Powerful - Lord Krishna|
|Janmashtami - Worshipping Lord Krishna|
|Lord Krishna - the Omni-present|
On this Janmashtami Day, let us all celebrate the Birth of Lord krishna .....
....the Lord Krishna who is eternal, all-knowing, omnipresent, all-powerful, and all-attractive.