Anniversary of Lord Krishna
festival of Krishna Ashtami marks the birth of Lord Krishna, one of the ten
incarnations of Hindu Lord Vishnu. The Hindu community in Nepal celebrates
this festival with lot of fanfare. Devotees of Lord Krishna observe fast,
consuming only fruits and milk products. They visit temples in huge numbers
to have the darshan of their lord. They take processions in the streets of
the towns carrying bedecked idols and images of the Lord. Often the
procession is accompanied by a band of musicians.
||7th day of the dark lunar fortnight in August or September
|Reason of Celebration
||Birth Anniversary of Lord Krishna
||A procession moves around the town displaying the pictures of Lord
Sri Krishna Janmastami also known as Krishna Jayanti or Janmashtami
is not only celebrated in Nepal with great vigor but also in India, its
Myth of the Birth
- People consider this day an occasion great rejoicing. The
'Bhagavataam' (Bhagwat Ramayan, the story of Lord Krishna), is recited.
Rhymes are sung and devotees pray. Temples are profusely adorned for the
auspicios occasion. Kirtans are sung, the conch is blown, bells are
rung, and Sanskrit hymns are recited to admire incredible deeds of Lord
- Religious ceremonies observed in Patan Durbar Square is famous all
over Nepal. The devotees gather in the temple and offer prayers,
flowers, food and sweets to the Lord.
- Sacred devotional music is played all night.
- People observe fast till midnight. It is believed that Krishna was
born at midnight.
- At midnight, devotees throng temples to take part in the special
'Aarati'. Birth of Krishna is relived. People sing and dance with great
joy. Beautiful cradles are installed in temples and small idols of the
'Balgopal' are placed in them.
Krishna was the eighth son of King Vasudeva and Devki of Mathura. He had
taken birth on earth to kill his wicked maternal uncle Kansa. He stayed on
the earth for 125 years. He came across the people as if he was an ordinary
person, but the learned knew that he was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu
himself. His deeds were miraculous. He is commonly paired with his beloved
Radha although Rukmani was his wife.
Lord Krishna lived his life by his own famous saying which can be
translated in English as "Thy right is to work only, but never with its
fruits; let not the fruits of action be thy motive, nor let thy attachment
be to inaction." Bhagvad Gita is the compilation of the teachings of