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  1. कृष्ण जन्माष्टमी Janmashtami

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  3. The festival is celebrated on the eighth day ( Ashtami ) of the dark fortnight) of the Indian month between mid- August & mid-September

  4. It is dedicated to… • The birth of Lord Krishna. • It is celebrated on the eighth day of the dark fortnight in Shravana. No fixed date. • The equivalent of Christmas and New Year’s combined. • Signifies the birth of a deity as well as the dawn of a new era

  5. More on Krishna • Krishna is one of the more powerful incarnations of Vishnu (Indian name of Super Power God) • He has a rich, human personality • He has greatly influenced Indian philosophy, lifestyle and traditions • He is a leader, hero, protector, philosopher, teacher and friend in one.

  6. The Origins of Janmashtami

  7. Krishna’s Story • There was an evil and tyrannical king named Kansa. He hated everyone except his cousin ,Devaki. • Before his cousin, Devaki, gets married to Vasudeva, Kansa is told that their eighth child will kill him. • Kansa is scared and imprisons the newlyweds. He kills seven of their children, despite their pleas for mercy. • When the eighth child (Krishna) is born, a miracle occurs, and a heavenly voice tells Vasudeva to run away, get exchange their boy with a friend’s child, and come back.

  8. King Kansa’s Fall • Vasudeva does this, and when Kamsa tries to kill the infant as usual, the baby transforms into a fierce sky goddess. • The sky goddess says that Kansa will die at the hands of the child, Lord Krishna. • Kansa is terrified and kills many more people in his anxiety, but he is eventually killed by Krishna when He grows up. Order is restored to the state. • This history is recited and retold at every Janmashtami celebration.

  9. How Janmashtami is Celebrated

  10. Fasting, Prayer & Dance • It is customary to fast for at least one day; the more pious you are, the longer the fast • Lengthened puja to Krishna in which dairy-sweets are offered • Massive religious atmosphere pervades every corner • Continuous chanting of mantras

  11. Special Activities & DahiHandi • “Dahi Handi” A pot of yogurt is placed high up, and a group of boys need to create a human pyramid to reach and break it • Children make “painted footsteps” to signify Lord Krishna’s presence in the household • Red and yellow are worn to symbolise youth, wit, and the significance of birth.

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