Wednesday, 20 September, 2017

Happy Janmashtami! Here is how Bollywood celebs are celebrating Lord Krishna's birthday

A delicious festive dessert made with sabudana flavoured with cardamom and saffron A delicious festive dessert made with sabudana flavoured with cardamom and saffron
Theresa Hayes | 14 August, 2017, 20:31

Sri Krishna Janamastami is celebrated in a grand manner to cherish the good deeds of Lord Krishna for a happy and prosperous life.

Krishna Janmashtami is a Hindu festival that marks the birth of Lord Krishna. According to the Hindu lunar calendar, Lord Shri Krishna was born on "Ashtami" or the "eighth day" at midnight in the holy month of Shravana. One of the most known ways of commemorating the festival is by enactments of Raas Lila or Krishna Lila, which is a dance drama depicting the life of Lord Krishna as mentioned in the Bhagavata Purana. Lord Krishna is believed to be the eighth avatar of God Vishnu.

Lord Krishna, born to Basudev and Devaki held prisoners by Kansha in Mathura, guided humanity on the path of knowledge, truth and immortality, the legend says. Krishna's uncle Kansa tried different ways to kill him but at the end the almighty emerged victories by killing the evil king and freed the earth from demons. One of the most important festivals of the Hindu religion, Janmashtami falls on August 14 this year.

On this day, devotees throng Krishna temples since early morning and make offerings of fruits, sweets, and clothes.

Devotees observe a fast the whole day and usually celebrate by singing devotional songs. The pooja is performed during the Nishita Kala.For those observing the fast, the time to break the fast is called the Parana which is at 5:39 p.m on 15th August. For devotees who follow Vaishnavism, Janmashtami is celebrated on August 15, with the Parana time considered to be at 5:54 AM.