The festival falls on the Ashtami day of Krishna Paksha in the month of Bhadrapada and marks the birth of Lord Krishna as per Hindu mythology.
Krishna Janmashtami is also known as Gokulashtami, Shrikrishna Jayanti, and Janmashtami.
This year, there's some uncertainty regarding the date, as it may fall on either September 6 or September 7. Therefore, Krishna Janmashtami is to be celebrated for over two days.
It is scheduled to be observed on September 6, 2023, which is a Wednesday.
The auspicious Nishita Puja Time is from 12:08 AM to 12:53 AM, and the Ashtami Tithi timing is from 9:21 PM to 10:59 PM.
The festival involves decorating Krishna temples, processions, bhajans, kirtans, satsangs, dance-drama reenactments, fasting, night vigil, and a grand festival the next day.
The idols of Lord Krishna are cleaned and dressed in new attire for Janmashtami. A cradle is used to symbolize His birth, and women draw tiny footprints to signify Krishna's entry into their homes.
When Krishna was born, Vasudeva brought the infant to his friend's home in the Mathura neighbourhood of Gokul. Krishna was thereafter raised at Gokul by Nanda and his wife, Yashoda.
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