Sri Krishna Janmastami or Jayanthi is a festival celebrated by the Hindus across the world on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha in the month of Bhadrapad as per the Hindu calendar. This year, it falls on 5 September in the English calendar.
Krishna, who represents beauty, knowledge, strength, and opulence, is the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The Hindus celebrate his birthday by fasting and praying on Ashtami.
Devotees express their love for the Lord through various ways, mainly by chanting stotras of the lord, singing bhajans, performing japa (meditation) and fasting on Ashtami till midnight, which is believed to be the time Krishna appeared on the earth.
Mantras for Chanting
On this special day, people recite lord Vishnu's Sanskrit mantras. Of all, the commonly said and easily chanted lines are – "Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare." Many also chant "Vishnu Sahasranamam", Krishna Stotra and other slokas of the Lord.
Below, we bring several links related to "Vishnu Sahasranamam", Krishna Stotra etc. for our readers.
Complete Text of "Vishnu Sahasranamam"
An Explanation on Glorious Names of Vishnu.
"Vishnu Sahasranamam" Based Upon the Commentary of Shankaracharya.
Benefits of reciting Vishnu Sahasranamam
"Vishnu Sahasranamam" in Hindi
Sri Krishna Shatanaamavali
Popular Mantras of Sri Krishna
Devotees prepare a lot of dishes, mainly sweets. Devotees can follow the below links to get more information on what to prepare on Sri Krishna Janmastami.
Watch Live Streaming
People can watch pooja and other rituals online. ISKON temple live streams the day's activity online on its official website.
Messages, Wishes, Picture Greetings to Share with Friends and Family
Readers can find interesting messages HERE.