Krishna Janmashtami is also known as Ashtami Rohini, Srikrishna Jayanti, Krishnashtami, Saatam Aatham, Gokulashtami and sometimes simply as Janmashtami. It is a special day as it celebrates birth of Lord Shri Krishna. Krishan ji is believed to have been born in ‘Dwapar Yuga’ i.e. about five thousand years ago in Mathura. It is essentially a Hindu festival.
In 2016, Janmashtami – Gokulashtami will be celebrated on Thursday, 25th August 2016.
Janmashtami 2016 Celebration in different parts of the Country :
1) Mathura : Janmashtami is celebrated for about a month. All the Temples, Deities at Madhura will be decorated in same Colour. Colourful Cradles will flower ropes can be seen in Temples, Houses welcoming Lord Krishna
2) Dwarka: Krishnajanmahotsav at Jagad Mandir is celebrated in a grand manner. Lakhs of Devotees will be thronging temple to have Darshan of Midnight Aarti to Dwarkadhish
3) Vrindavan: Almost all the houses at Vrindavan are Temples, as Lord Krishna has visited those houses. Raasa Leela will be enacted.
4) Maharashtra: Pots will be hanged at many streets at 24 feet or above. Govinda Devotees will compete by forming human pyramid to break the pot. Winners are given lakhs of rupees as prize money. The event remembers Sri Krishna Leela at Gokulam stealing butter from pots hanged at ceiling of houses.
5) South India: Special Rangoli, Sri Krishna Foot steps will be drawn from entrance of house to Puja room signifying that Lord has entered their house. Kids in the house will dressed as Sri Krishna. In Karnataka, pot with fruits will hanged in front of Sri Krishna.
LIVE Telecast of Janmashtami 2016 Celebration :
LIVE Telecast of Janmashtami Celebration from Mathura, Dwarka, Vrindavan, Maharashtra, South India, etc will be available on Doordarshan (DD) National Channel (DD1), ETV Gujarati and religious channels like Sri Sankara TV, Aastha, Satsang, Divya, Sadhna, Krishna TV, Soham TV, etc.
- DD Bharti will live telecast Abhishekam, Aarti of Lord Krishna in Mathura
- DD Gujarati will live telecast Mid Night Aarti of Sri Dwarkadhish, in Dwarka at 11.30 pm
- Dahi Handi utsav in Maharashtra can be seen in DD Sahyadri (Marathi)