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Krishna Janmashtami

August 18, 2009
Krishna Janmashtami , is also known as “Krishnashtami  “,”Saatam Aatham” ,”Gokulashtami”, “Ashtami Rohini”, “Srikrishna Jayanti”, “Sree Jayanthi” or sometimes merely as “Janmashtami”, is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, an avatar of hindu deity Vishnu.
Krishna Janmashtami is observed on the eighth day, Ashtami. tithi  of the dark half or Krishna Paksha of the month of Bhaadra in the Hindu calendar, when the Rohini Nakshatra (called Aldebaran in the West) is ascendant. Rasa lila or dramatic enactments of the life of Krishna are a special feature in regions of Mathura   and  Vrindavan and regions following  Vaishnavism in Manipur.
Krishna Janmashtami always falls between August mid and September mid months of the Gregorian calendarand in 2009 for example the festival was held on the 14th of August.
The ritual is to fast the previous day (Saptami, sevnth day), which is followed by a night-long vigil commemorating the birth of Krishna at night, and his immediate removal by his father Vsudeva to a foster-home for safe-keeping.
At midnight, the deity of the infant Krishna is bated placed in a cradle and worshipped.The fast is completed after aarti, a special prayer.

Krishna Janmashtami , is also known as “Krishnashtami “,”Saatam Aatham” ,”Gokulashtami”, “Ashtami Rohini”, “Srikrishna Jayanti”, “Sree Jayanthi” or sometimes merely as “Janmashtami”, is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, an avatar of hindu deity Vishnu.

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Krishna Janmashtami is observed on the eighth day, Ashtami. tithi  of the dark half or Krishna Paksha of the month of Bhaadra in the Hindu calendar, when the Rohini Nakshatra (called Aldebaran in the West) is ascendant. Rasa lila or dramatic enactments of the life of Krishna are a special feature in regions of Mathura   and  Vrindavan and regions following  Vaishnavism in Manipur.

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Krishna Janmashtami always falls between August mid and September mid months of the Gregorian calendarand in 2009 for example the festival was held on the 14th of August.

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The ritual is to fast the previous day (Saptami, sevnth day), which is followed by a night-long vigil commemorating the birth of Krishna at night, and his immediate removal by his father Vsudeva to a foster-home for safe-keeping.

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At midnight, the deity of the infant Krishna is bated placed in a cradle and worshipped.The fast is completed after aarti, a special prayer.

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