Janmashtami or Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated as a Hindu festival which is the birth of Krishna who was the eighth Avatar of Vishnu. Janmashtami is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Krishna, and it mostly comes in July or August according to the Hindu calendar Janmashtami is celebrated on Ashtami or 8th day of the dark fortnight.
Janmashtami is also called as Gokulashtami it is this celebrated for the significance of Krishna who is a Hindu God. Krishna according to the Hindu tradition he was born in Mathura at the Midnight of the eighth day of Shravan month, and when he was born there was much Chaos and rampant Evil was everywhere and because of this he born to destroy all the Evil amongst people and because of this many people believed him and started to celebrate Janmashtami on respect and as a devotee of Lord Krishna. Mostly every Hindu people celebrate this festival at midnight of the Janmashtami.
Celebration of Janmashtami
For celebrating this festival, the Hindu people take fast all the day and pray together prepare special food and distributes sweets and in the night they visit Vishnu Krishna temple and recite Bhagavad Gita and play many drama events called as Krishna Leela. Mostly the people in the Mathura region where Lord Krishna was born the people in this state celebrate this type of drama events.
In Maharashtra Janmashtami is celebrated every year in August and September and the people in Maharashtra celebrated it as the Dahi Handi as they tie earthen pot of yoghurt and try to the broken pot by forming a straight pyramid as this has gone way back as Krishna used to steal Milk products such as yogurt and butter from other peoples house by forming a pyramid as it was stored high up, so he used to form a pyramid to take the pots and so as this the people followed it and they celebrate it as a sign to their God.
The boys who form a pyramid are called Govindas who forms and climb above one another to form a human pyramid to break the pot. When these people break the pot, the all yogurt from the pot and the pot breaks and falls and people collect it as their prasad from God.
Now, these Janmashtami event has been celebrated as an event organized by many local areas, and the people from groups called as Mandal comes from area to area to break the pot and whoever breaks the pot gets the prize money.
Not only in Maharashtra but this festival is also celebrated in Gujarat in Northern India Eastern India West Bengal with the great joy and happiness within all the people, and they celebrate this festival as people celebrate in Maharashtra.
The celebration of Janmashtami in other countries
Not only in India but this festival of Janmashtami is also celebrated in Nepal Bangladesh Pakistan and the other United States too. The people in Nepal and Bangladesh visit to the temples and recite the Bhagavad Gita and Sing bhajans in the temple all the night and the people in the United States also organise this festival of Janmashtami and the people of the United States also visit India and form pyramid groups and try to break the dahi handi in India. This festival of Dahi Handi is celebrated as a significant to the God Krishna, and it is celebrated with the great joy and happiness all over the country.