The Hindu community is really excited to commemorate Krishna Janmashtami, the birth of Lord Krishna. It occurs on September 6 and 7 of this year. It is the 5250th anniversary of Lord Krishna’s birth, according to the Drik Panchang.
Krishna Janmashtami 2023: Date and Time
- Krishna Janmashtami date: 6th September 2023 (Wednesday)
- Nishita Puja time: 11:57 pm to 12:42 am, 7th September 2023 (Thursday)
- Dahi Handi date: 7th September 2023
If you’re a true devotee and wish to celebrate Janmashtami at a historical religious place associated with Lord Krishna, here are some temples you can visit:
Krishna Janmabhoomi, Mathura:
It is believed that Lord Krishna was born at Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. The Bhagavata Bhavan and Keshavdeva Temple are both part of the temple complex, which is thought to be where Lord Krishna was born. It is thought that Vasudeva and Devaki, the parents of Lord Krishna, were detained here by King Kansa.
Banke Bihari Temple, Vrindavan:
Lord Krishna’s early years were spent in Vrindavan, a town close to Mathura. For Krishna Janmashtami, Banke Bihari Temple hosts spectacular celebrations, and the idol of Bihariji is revered as being heavenly.
A sacred woodland in Vrindavan called Nidhivan is shrouded in folklore. The trees are said to transform into gopis, or female cowherds, at night when Lord Krishna and Radha are said to perform raasleela here. After sundown, nobody is permitted to remain on the property.
Gokul, which is 16 kilometres from Mathura, is thought to be the location of Lord Krishna’s birth. He spent his early years there, raised by his foster mother Yashoda. At Gokul Temple, Krishna Janmashtami is enthusiastically observed.
Shrinathji Temple, Nathdwara:
Krishna Janmashtami in Rajasthan brings a huge influx of worshippers to Shrinathji Temple in Nathdwara. Shrinathji’s heavenly persona depicts Krishna as a young boy lifting the Govardhan hill.
Dwarkadhish Temple, Dwarka:
This temple, Dwarka, in Gujarat, is thought to have been built more than 2500 years ago by Vajranabh, Lord Krishna’s great-grandson. The ceremonies for Krishna Janmashtami draw a huge crowd of devotees.
ISKCON, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, has branches all over the world including in India. They commemorate Krishna Janmashtami with Hari kirtans, dance performances, skits, and ‘Dahi Handi’ events, in which young men construct human pyramids to smash clay pots containing butter or curd, imitating Lord Krishna’s youthful pranks.
To commemorate Krishna Janmashtami and pay respect to Lord Krishna, these temples and locations provide distinctive experiences.