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Janmashtami 2018: Date, Puja Timings, Fasting Details, And Celebrations

Krishna Janmashtami, also known as Gokulashtami and Janmashtami is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna.  This year, Hindus all over the world will be celebrating 5245th Birth Anniversary of Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna who is believed to be the 8th avatar of Lord Vishnu was born to Devaki and Vasudeva on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha in the month of Shrawana of the Hindu Calendar. Krishna’s birthday is celebrated every year by Hindus on Janmashtami according to the Hindu calendar, which falls in late August or early September of the Gregorian calendar. On this day, Lord Krishna temples are decorated and Satsang, kirtan, bhajan, and procession are organized at various spiritual places to remember him. Major Krishna temples organize recitation of spiritual books Bhagavata Purana and Bhagavad Gita on this auspicious occasion.

This year there has been a confusion over the exact date of Janmashtami, Some people are celebrating the festival on 2nd September 2018, while others will be celebrating on 3rd September 2018. To make it clear, we are providing you the exact and timings of Janmashtami 2018.

Krishna Janmashtami date

This year, Krishna Janmashtami will be celebrated on September 2 and September 3. But most people are said to be celebrating it on September 3, Monday.

Krishna Janmashtami timings

Janmashtami  start time : 8:47 pm, September 2 (Sunday)

Janmashtami  end time :  7:20 pm, September 3 (Monday)

The time to perform Krishna Puja is during Nishita Kaal which is the midnight as per Vedic time-keeping. Here is the timing for Nishita Puja Time.

Nishita Puja Time start time – 11:58 PM, September 2
Nishita Puja Time end time – 12:44 AM, September 3
Duration – 00 Hours 46 Mins

Many devotees observe day-long fast.  You should break the fast (known as Parana) at an appropriate time. Here is the timing to break the fast. Devotees break the fast on the following day when both Rohini Nakshatra and Ashtami Tithi are over. Some devotees break the fast when either Rohini Nakshatra or Ashtami Tithi is over. Devotees should follow all rules of Ekadashi fasting during Janmashtami fasting.

Parana Time –  After 08:06 PM, Sep 03
On Parana Day Ashtami Tithi End Time – 07:20 PM
On Parana Day Rohini Nakshatra End Time – 08:06 PM

Krishna Janmashtami 2018
A Temple decorated on Krishna Janmashtami

Lord Krishna is a supreme deity of Hinduism. He was the eighth son of Devaki and Vasudeva. He is the hero of various legends and embodies qualities such as love, naughtiness, and playfulness.  He overthrows and kills the tyrant king, his uncle Kamsa after escaping several assassination attempts by Kamsa. He reinstates Kamsa’s father, Ugrasena, as the king of the Yadavas and becomes a leading prince at the court. Lord Krishna played a crucial role in Mahabharata where he was the charioteer and mentor of Arjuna.  When Arjun was not sure about the right and wrong, Lord Krishna showed him the path of Dharma.  His teaching is incorporated in the holy book  Bhagavad Gita.

The Bhagavad Gita is considered as one of the most prominent and influential Hindu scripture. Bhagavad Gita is part of the great Hindu epic Mahabharata. The Holy books also referred as Gita is known for its philosophical, practical, political, psychological and spiritual values. The Bhagwat contains 18 chapter which was originally written in Sanskrit, the language of God.

We wish you all a very Happy Janmashtami!

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