Thursday, August 19, 2010

Shri Krishna Janmashtami or Gokulashtami: Birthday of Lord Krishna

Janmashtami the Birthday of shri Krishna: Janmashtami is also known as Gokulashtami or Krishnashtami. It is the birthday of Hindu god Shri Krishna. Lord Krishna was born to king Vasudeva and Devaki in Kansa’s jail in midnight, on the eighth day of the second fortnight in the month of Shravana. Shri Krishna is considered the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu and one of the most famous gods of Hindu religion. He is considered to be the lord Vishnu’s most glorious incarnations. He was born in the 'Rohini' nakshatram (star). Krishna was born on a dark, stormy and windy night to end the rule and atrocities of his maternal uncle Kansa. Kansa was a demon, who tortured sages and his subjects. He made numerous plans to kill Krishna, but he never succeeded in his missions.

As shri Krishna appeared himself in the midnight, he was transferred to Gokul, where he spent his childhood with his friends under the guidance of Nand Baba and Yashoda. In his childhood, he killed and restored many demons. The main objective of Krishna’s birth was to demolish the demon Kansa and other evil powers of that time. He appeared on the earth approximately 5,227 years ago.

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