Krishna Janmashtami 2022 Live Celebrations: The auspicious festival of Krishna Janmashtami is being celebrated all across the country. As the country gears up for the Dahi Handi celebrations today, see all the live updates from all the major cities of India.
Janmashtami 2022 Live Updates: The Hindu festival of Krishna Janmashtami is being celebrated with much pomp across the country. The festival is also known as Janmashtami, Gokulashtami, Krishnasthami or Srijayanti, and marks the birth of Lord Krishna – the eighth avatar of Vishnu. It is celebrated on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha in the month of Shraavana of Bhadrapad. The largest celebration of this festival takes place in Mathura and Vrindavan, where Lord Krishna was born and spent his growing up years. This year, Janmashtami celebrations began on August 18 and will continue until the next day. Dahi Handi, an important ritual, is being marked a day after Janmashtami on Friday, August 19, 2022.
According to Hindu scriptures, Lord Krishna, the son of Devaki and Vasudeva, was born in Mathura at midnight on the eighth day (Ashtami) of Bhadrapada month (August–September). He was born to destroy Mathura’s demon king, Kansa, Lord Krishna’s mother, Devaki’s brother. Following his birth, Vasudeva – who was imprisoned in a dungeon with Devaki – carried Lord Krishna in a basket across the Yamuna river all the way to Gokul, where he was raised by foster parents Nanda and Yashoda. On Janmashtami, devotees observe fasts, wear new clothes, and pray to the idols of Bal Krishna, dress them up in new clothes and place them in a cradle.
India is marking the grand celebrations of the Dahi Handi festival, also known as Gopalakala or Utlotsavam, today, August 19. The ritual is part of the Krishna Janmashtami festival and involves a group of Govindas who dress up in colourful attires to make human pyramids and reach an earthen pot containing buttermilk suspended mid-air to break it. See how India is celebrating this festival here.
Vice President of India, Jagdeep Dhankhar, marked the auspicious occasion of Krishna Janmashtami by tweeting his wish for fellow countrymen. He tweeted, “Warm greetings on Janmashtami. Shri Krishna is the epitome of divine love, supreme beauty and eternal happiness. His timeless teachings in the Bhagavad Gita have been a great source of inspiration for humanity. May this #Janmashtami bring peace, harmony and happiness in our lives.”
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