Janmashtami at Maa Vaishno Shakti Dham:
Janmashtami is enthusiastically celebrated at Maa Vaishno Shakti Dham Mandir, Surat. This festival is celebrated all over India in the month of August/September on the Ashtami of Krishna Paksha and/or the eighth day in the month of Bhadon according to the Hindu calendar with great devotion and zeal. So, the temple witnesses an extravagant and colourful celebration on this occasion.
Lord Krishna is one of the most popular Avatars of Lord Vishnu and he is revered by millions of Hindus everywhere. The child form of Lord Krishna is as popular as his adolescent or adult forms. So, the stories of his childhood are quite fascinating. Even as a young child, Lord Krishna was greatly powerful and defeated the forces of evil quite easily.
Significance of Janmashtami:
Janmashtami is also known as Gokulashtami, Krishnasthami, Srijayanti. Lord Krishna, Radha and Balaram is worshipped on this day.
- Janmashtami is celebrated around eight days after Raksha Bandhan. South India celebrates Gokulashtami with fruits, ‘prasadam’ and devotional songs, but Maharashtra celebrates the festival by breaking of ‘dahi handi’.
- Lord Krishna was born in Mathura but was brought up in Gokul. Mathura lies within Braj Bhoomi, the sacred land where Krishna was born, brought up and spent his teenage years.
- Janmasthami is celebrated in a grand manner not only in India but by Hindus all across the world.
- On Janmashtami, a lot of devotees of Lord Krishna observe a fast for the whole day and night, worship him and listen to his tales, recite hymns from the Gita, sing devotional songs, and chant the mantras
- All over India, this festival is celebrated with great pomp and show. Krishna’s birthplace Mathura and Vrindavan observe this day with an unmatched zeal and grandeur.
- Raslilas or religious plays are performed to recreate incidents from the life of Krishna and to commemorate his love for Radha.