Author – Padmaja Vangala
Sri Ganeshaya Namaha
Sri Gurubhoy Namaha
Sri Lakshmi Nrusimha Parabrahmane namaha
Kala Ashtami & Sri Krishna Janmashtami
Shravan/Bhadrapada Krishna Ashtami
This year Sri Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated on 18/8/2022 Thursday by Smartha devotees and on 20/2/22 Saturday by Vaishnav devotees. The reason behind this is Ashtami falls on 18/8/22, while Rohini Star is on 20/8/22.
Last year Ashtami tithi and Rohini star occurred on the same day, therefore it is said to be Kali Jayanthi and Sri Krishna Jayanthi.
This year Janmashtami is celebrated but not Jayanthi as this and star occur on separate days. In the Vedic period birthday is celebrated for tithi and Star, as we celebrate the birthday on date and tithi.
Lord Krishna was born with his sister Maya on Ashtami day it is called Kala Ashtami and Janmashtami or Krishna Ashtami.
Lord Krishna is an eighth incarnation of the God Vishnu, the father of Brahma. Lord Krishna was born to Devaki & Vasudeva as the eighth son on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the full moon as the eighth avatar of Vishnu. Kamsa a demon king of Mathura is the maternal uncle of Krishna and is afraid of his death in hands of a male child of his sister Devaki.
Kamsa came to know his death through Sage Narada. He imprisoned his sister Devaki with her husband in his kingdom to kill her children and her six children killed by him. Devaki prayed to yog Maya to protect her children and she was blessed to perform Hal Shasthi Vrat and she performed Shashti Devi pooja and vrat on Shravan Krishna Ashtami / Bhadrapada Krishna Ashtami.
This vrat is most popular in North India. The 7th embryo developed in Rohini foetus who is the second wife of Vasudev. The male child named Balarama was born on Shashti day famous as Balarama Jayanthi.
On this occasion let us know about Lord Krishna’s play and miraculous feats. He is cowboy fond of dairy products like Milk, Curd, cream and butter. Lord Krishna used to consume dairy products every day at home. Gopala Krishna along with other Cowboys used to theft and eat dairy products from neighbouring houses.
He complicates the quarrel between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law. After some time, neighbours realised the tricky play Krishna and they complained to his mother Yashoda. One fine day Yashoda pulled his cheeks to see what he is eating.
When Lord Krishna opened his mouth, she has visioned the entire universe with 14 lokas. Since childhood, he played pranks all around him. He is an ardent lover of flute said to be Murali Krishna. Lord Krishna is the man for divinity and Divinity for Humanity. He is graceful to the human race. He played a vital role in the Mahabharat war. Bhagavat Geeta is an encyclopaedia of human life.
The Rasa Leela with Gopi’s and Gopas created enthusiasm in Shiva. To play with Krishna, he changed into one of Gopi and participated in Rasa Leela. In childhood, there were many mischievous acts done by him. Similarly, a baby girl was born to Yashoda and Nandu on this Ashtami day famous as Kali Jayanthi. There are many devotees who loved and worshipped Lord Krishna. Sudama, Radha Devi, Chaitanya Maha Prabhu and Meera bai.