Lord Krishna’s Janmashtami is also known as Krishnashtamior simply as Janmashtami, is an annual celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. The festival is celebrated on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the month of Shravan (August–September) in the Hindu calendar.
Rasa lila, dramatic enactments of the life of Krishna, are a special feature in regions of Mathura and Vrindavan, and regions following Vaishnavism in Manipur.While the Rasa lila re-creates the flirtatious aspects of Krishna’s youthful days, the Dahi Handi celebrate God’s playful and mischievous side, where teams of young men form human towers to reach a high-hanging pot of butter and break it.
This tradition, also known as uriadi, is a major event in Tamil Nadu on Gokulashtami. Krishna Janmashtami is followed by the festival Nandotsav, which celebrates the occasion when Nanda Baba distributed gifts to the community in honour of the birth . In Odisha the festival is celebrated by fasting and staying up until midnight, the time when Lord Krishna is believed to have been born. Images of Krishna’s infancy are placed in swings and cradles in temples and homes. At midnight, devotees gather around for devotional songs, dance and exchange gifts. Some temples also conduct readings of the Hindu religious scripture Bhagavad Gita.
OdiaLive brings you the Janmastami special devotional bhajan “Mein To Giridhar ke ghar jaaon” by eminent Odia Singer Namrata Mohanty . This devotional song is a part of most famous devotional album “Ninad’ . In this bhajan Meera Bai expresses her unflinching love and devotion for Lord Krishna . She completely surrenders herself to the Lord and aspires to serve him like a humble and dedicated attendant so that she could become one with Him .
About Ninad : Ninad, is a collection of eight traditional Hindi bhajans composed by veteran music director Maheswar Rao . The songs in the devotional Hindi music album are written by Bhakti saints such as Tulsidas, Surdas, Meera Bai, Kabir and Lalit Kishori. When asked about ‘NINAD’ . For more ….
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