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Significance of Janmashtami

Significance of Janmashtami

Hindus all across the world, including Bangladesh are observing Janmashtami–one of the most important Hindu religious occasions– today with great religious fervour. Janmashtami is the festival commemorating the appearance of Krishna in this world. He is believed to have appeared 5000 years ago in a prison cell in Mathura. Janmashtami represents the appearance of hope in the dark night of hopelessness, of virtue in the fortress of vices, through the appearance of the absolute truth, Krishna. On the day Hindus make elaborate offerings and decorations and organise grand events to celebrate Krishna’s birthday. With no monetary gains in return, they make time from their daily routine, to serve -- to share their love for Krishna through service in the real spirit of Janmashtami.

Every year, it is observed on the 8th day of Krishna Paksha in the Bangla month of Bhadra. According to the scriptures, on this day only, Dwapara Yuga was ended and Kalyuga was commenced. The festival of Janmashtami which is also known as Krishnashtami is a symbol of absolute faith of the Hindus in Lord Krishna. The enthusiasm of people can be witnessed in all parts of the country and the zeal with which Janmashtami is celebrated is unmatchable.

 Janmashtami holds a valuable sense when it comes to encouraging the good and destroying the evil. And thus this festival brings everyone closer and keeps them together with faith. Birth of Lord Krishna was a magnificent spiritual significance, as he was the legend who was born in the darkness inside a cell of jail as his parents were behind bars.

Hindu scriptures say that whenever there will be predominance of evil and decline of religion, God will reincarnate to kill the evil and to save the good. The main significance of Janmashtami is to encourage goodwill and to discourage bad will. Krishna Jayanti also celebrates togetherness. The holy occasion brings people together, thus it signifies unity and faith.

Food is prepared from milk and curds said to have been favoured by Krishna. Some Hindus choose to fast for the first day of Krishna Janmashtami, choosing only to eat after the midnight celebrations. Dances and songs are used to venerate and remember this supreme God. Plays are also carried out re-enacting scenes from Krishna's early life. In temples images of Krishna are bathed and placed in cradles, whilst the shankh (conch shell) is played and bells are rung. Holy mantras are also chanted to venerate Krishna. Given the significance of Krishna in the Hindu pantheon, Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated with great importance and consideration.