Janmashtami is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Krishna, this day is celebrated with great enthusiasm all over the country. The Hindu community believes that the eight son of Devki was the incarnated form of Lord Vishnu.
Janmashtami 2017: Muhrat and Significance
It has been said that the Lord Krishna was born with initiative to kill King Kansa and to free his motherland from persecution. King Kansa has put her sister and brother in law behind the bars as the words from the air stated that he will be killed by the 8th son of his sister. As Krishna born and he did for what he took birth he killed King Kansa. Since the day he born is celebrated as Janmashtami. He was born in the midnight of the day.
Lord Krishna was born at midnight on the eighth day of Hindu lunar month, Devotees of Lord Krishna fast in Janmashtami and eat only one meal a day before. The Krishna Abhishekam is performed via the milk, ghee and water and “Bhog” is offered to Krishna.
Chappan Bhog concept
After Sunset, hymns are sung and devotees break their fast after the midnight but here the festival does not end. On the next day which is celebrated as “Nand Utsav”, devotees gather the 56 food items at one place and distribute them among the other devotees. As legend goes, it constitutes Krishna’s favourite dishes and usually includes cereals, fruits, dry fruits, sweets, drinks, namkeen and pickles in quantities of eight under each category. These Chappan Bhog include Dahi, Malpua, Kheer etc…
This year Janmasthami falls on 14th August, according to Smarta Sampradaya. The followers of Vaishanava Sampradaya would be following it on the 15th August. 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 the followers of Vaishnava Sampradaya, Janmashtami would be celebrated on the 15th and their ‘Parana’ time is 5:54 a.m. The exact Nishita Pooja Time is 12:03 a.m to 12:47 a.m.