Janmashtami also known as Krishnashtami or Gokulashtami has a special significance in Hindu Mythology as it is an occasion to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna, who was the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The way the occasions of births of different gods are celebrated in different religions, in the same way, the birth of Lord Krishna, the supreme personality of Godhead is celebrated in Hinduism on the auspicious day of Janmashtami.
According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Vishnu in his eighth incarnation had taken birth as Krishna, the son of Devaki and Vasudeva at midnight on the eighth day of Bhadrapada month in Mathura which is considered as the birth day of Lord Krishna and is popularly celebrated as Janmashtami not only in India but in all countries having a strength of Hindu community. However, this festival is especially observed by the Vaishnava community who consider Lord Krishna as their main deity.
In Hinduism, the glories of Lord Krishna are numerous. For the true devotees of Lord Krishna, every aspect of His life is captivating, no matter whether it is His childhood pranks, His life in the village of Gokul, His romance with Radha, assassination of cruel Kansa or imparting of the divine wisdom in the form of the Bhagvad Gita to Arjuna. Moreover, in the Bhagvad Gita, Lord Krishna Himself has proclaimed that whenever there will be rise in irreligion, he will reincarnate Himself to re-establish the principles of righteousness in the world.
In Hindu Mythology, Lord Krishna is also known as ‘Yugandhar’ meaning the one who starts a new age in the world. Moreover, it has also been said that the 21st century will be ‘the century of Krishna’. All these realities about Lord Krishna make Janmashtami an all the more special festival for Krishna devotees around the world. The significance of the holy festival of Janmastami lies in encouraging goodwill and discouraging bad will. It also signifies togetherness, unity and faith in the absolute truth.
People perform different activities on Janmashtami like dance and drama acts based on the life events of Lord Krishna, singing devotional songs in the midnight when Krishna is believed to have born, fasting, doing a night vigil and observing Nandotsav on the following day as a part of Janmashtami celebrations. However, God never asks for any material things. All a deity seeks is true devotion from His devotees. So, devote yourself toward Lord Krishna and make this Janmashtami special.