Janmashtami is a major festival of INDIA. It is celebrated on most parts of the country, but especially in Mathura-Vrindavan, Dwarka, Dakor and Guruvayur, this festival has a unique and larger than life celebrations. Go through this blog to know how the festival is celebrated at major Krishna Temples in INDIA.
24th August marks 5246th birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, who was born in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh.
Timeline of Janmashtami celebrations at Mathura-Vrindavan Temples:
Nishira Puja Time – On 24th August from11.59 PM to 12.44 AM(Duration: 45 minutes)
Dahi Handi – On 25th August, Sunday.
Parna Time – On 25th August from 5.58 AM onwards.
NOTE: On Parna Day, Ashtami tithi & Rohini nakshatra got over before sunrise.
Dwarka holds a special place for Lord Krishna because he lived here for a major time of his life.
Timeline on the day of Janmashtami at Dwarkadhish Temple, Dwarka:
Janmashtami Puja – On 24th August at 7.00 AM
Abhishek of Lord Krishna – On 24th August from 8.00 AM to 10.00 AM
Shringar of Lord Krishna – After the bath, Lord Krishna is adorned with clothes & ornaments. Lord is made to wear Pitambar (a yellow coloured cloth) and ornaments consist of Chandan Mala & Vaijanti Mala.
After the Shringar, curtains are removed and devotees are allowed to do darshan of the Lord.
Shayan Bhog & Shayan Aarti:
After the Evening Aarti, Lord is offered sweets. Devotees are not allowed to darshan during this time around 9.00 PM.
Around 10.30 PM, the darshan is opened again for devotees during Janmashtami celebrations. Utsav Bhog is offered around 11.30 PM.
Devotees welcome the Lord at 12.00 AM and after nearly two hour celebrations, the temple closes at 2 AM.
Timeline on the Janmashtami Day at Ranchhodrai Temple, Dakor:
Mangla Aarti – On 24th August at 6.45 AM
Darshan Open for Devotees – On 24th August till 12.30 PM
Darshan for Janmashtami Celebrations – On 24th August, Mandir will be open from 5 PM to 5 AM – Darshan will be open overnight for Devotees.
In the month of Chingam, under the Rohini nakshatra,the eighth day of Waning moon of Shravana is the day of Lord Krishna’s birth.
Guruvayur devasawam itself offers Nirmala. Devotees flock in with appam, considered as the most favourite food of the Lord on that Day.