Krishna Janmashtami, a festival among Hindus, is held to celebrate Lord Krishna’s birth. This Hindu festival is especially popular in Nepal and is celebrated every year in the month of Bhadra. The main reason for celebrating Krishna Janmashtami is to celebrate the victory of good over evil and the birth of Lord Krishna.
What Is Special About Krishna?
Krishna had a life of a tragic hero. He was born while his evil uncle Kansa was putting him to death in a prison cell. His uncle had already murdered six of his brothers. His father had to take him away to his adopted homes in the middle of a stormy night in order to save him from such a fate. It is tragic that a young child who had only been born a few hours had to be taken away from his parents. He also killed many demons and evil creatures who had wronged others for their own gain, but most importantly, he taught his wisdom to his cousin Arjuna, a famous archer and warrior.
How is Krishna Janmashtami celebrated in Nepal?
On Krishna Janmashtami, Devotees observe a day of fasting, group prayer, singing, cooking, and sharing of special cuisine, night lighting candles, and visits to Krishna or Vishnu temples to mark the occasion. The devotees chant bhajans and kirtans, as well as lines from the Bhagavad Gita. The Krishna temples are decorated with lights. We can find Krishna-themed stores, posters, and homes.
4 things that symbolize Lord Krishna:
1. Peacock Feather
In his crown, Lord Krishna wears a peacock feather. According to Hindu tradition, Lord Krishna is particularly fond of peacock feathers. When you look at a picture of Lord Sri Krishna, you will notice a Mor Pankh on his head.
According to the myth, Lord Krishna spent much of his childhood serving cows. He’d take them into the woods to feed them, and then bring them back home in the evening.
Lord Krishna is said to have loved Radha and his flute more than any other person or thing in his life. It was his flute skills that attracted his love to him. His love was drawn to him because of his flute abilities. This is why he kept the flute with him at all times.
In mythology, Lord Krishna is said to have adored Butter since he was a child. According to the myth, he used to eat butter and mishri stealing from his neighbors’ homes. This is why Butter & mishri is offered to Lord Krishna on Janmashtami. Lord Sri Krishna is commonly referred to as ‘Makhan Chor.’