Shri Krishna Janmashtami Today, Know Muhurat

On this Krishna Janmashtami, Dwapara Era’s Yog again! Krishna Janmashtami will be celebrated today on September 2. Read here to know Puja rituals, muhurat and significance of this auspicious festival.


He is the most mischievous (Nand Gopal), naughty (Nand Lal) child of Yashoda, and the God of all devotees. He is Shri Krishna. Birth anniversary of the Lord will be celebrated with lots of zeal, enthusiasm and happiness. Though, the festivities of this day will be just like every year, but this time there is something special about this day. The special Yoga which is forming on this day is exactly the same as was during the birth of Lord Krishna in Dwapara Era. This Yoga is also known by the name of Shri Krishna Jayanti.

(Note: Smarta sect will celebrate the festival of Krishna Janmashtami on September 2, whereas the followers of Vaishnava community will enjoy the auspicious festivities on September 3. The people who follow the principles of either Vaishnava or Smarta community will celebrate this festival according to different rules.)


Krishna Jayanti as per Hindu Scripture Nirnaya Sindhu


When it is Rohini Nakshatra at midnight 12 AM, Sun planet is in Leo Zodiac Sign and planet Moon is in Taurus Sign during Ashtami of Krishna Paksha in Bhadrapada month. The combination of these celestial phenomenon create Shri Krishna Jayanti Yoga. This is the same Yoga which was formed during the birth of Shri Krishna in Dwapar Era. This time, the same Yoga is appearing on September 2, 2018. Today, Ashtami Tithi will start after 08:49 PM, and Rohini Nakshatra will also exist in this period.

Janmashtami Puja Muhurat 2018
Nishith Puja MuhuratFrom 23:58:25 to 24:43:35
Duration45 Minutes
Janmashtami Paran MuhuratAfter 19:21:52 on September 3, 2018

Note: The above mentioned Muhurat is for New Delhi only. Know Muhurat for your city here, Janmashtami Shubh Muhurat

Krishna Janmashtami - Things to do for a Prosperous LIfe


  • To make your love strong and happy, offer cow’s milk (as Bhoga) to Lord Krishna and perform Abhishek with Panchamrit.
  • To get worldly comforts and happiness, offer sugar and butter (Makhan-Mishri) to the God and perform Abhishek with raw Lassi.
  • To get rid of physical disorders and diseases, offer milk mixed with Tulsi to Shri Krishna and perform Abhishek with raw Lassi.
  • To remove all obstacles in your work, offer sweets (Ladoo) to the God as Bhoga and perform Abhishek with Sugarcane juice.

Also Know more about Hindu Festivals and their Muhurat: Festivals 2018

Importance of Shri Krishna Jayanti for Childless Couples


This year, special Yoga of Shri Krishna Jayanti is especially auspicious for the people who are still childless. On this propitious Janmashtami, they should fast (Vrat) and follow the right rituals (Puja Vidhi) to worship the God. They must also chant Santan Gopal Mantra and if possible, should establish Santan Gopal Yantra in their homes.

ऊं श्रीं ह्रीं क्लीं ग्लौं देवकीसुत गोविंद वासुदेव जगत्पते ।

देहि मे तनयं कृष्णं त्वामहं शरणं गत:।।

Significance of Krishna Janmashtami


As per ancient scriptures, Janmashtami Puja and Vrat has great significance in Hinduism. According to religious beliefs, Shri Krishna was the eighth reincarnation (Avatar) of Lord Vishnu. It was believed that the mere sight of the Lord eliminates all pain and sufferings of the people. In Vedic texts, the fast of Krishna Janmashtami is among the most significant fasts of Hindu religion. The devotees who perform the propitious fast with true reverence achieve great virtue and blessings of the God. Additionally, the fast of Krishna Janmashtami offers people with child, family growth and freedom from Pitru Dosha.

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Janmashtami celebrations

This year Krishna Janmashtami is on the 28th of August 2013. This festival is celebrated to commemorate the birthday of Lord Krishna, who is the 8th and the most powerful incarnations of Lord Vishnu. This festival is celebrated all over India with much zest and fervour.

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Lord Krishna

Well... In this article the main topics that we are going to cover regarding the celebrations of Krishna Janmashtami are :

  • First and foremost, Dahi Handi
  • Raas leela - dance routine depicting the Love story of Krishna and Radha
  • Celebrations in Krishna's birth place - Mathura and Vrindavan
  • The fast observed on this day and lastly
  • Special dishes and delicacies prepared on this day

Dahi Handi Celebrations


Dahi Handi

Dahi Handi is a game performed during the Janmashtami celebrations. In this, a earthen pot filled with butter, milk, dry fruits and honey is suspended from a rope about 30 ft to 40 ft off the ground. Sometimes the rope with which the pot is suspended is tied with rupee notes, which will later be distributed as prize money. Now, groups of young people gather around and form a huge pyramid by standing on the shoulders of one another until the last person is able to reach the pot and break it to claim the prize money. This Celebration attracts many tourists and this is a grand event in North Indian states, especially in places like Mumbai, Delhi and Mathura (birthplace of Lord Krishna) to name a few.

Raas Leela Celebrations


Raas Leela performance

Raas leela is a divine dance which was performed by Krishna and the gopis, of whom Radha is the closest to him. On the night of Raas leela Krishna invited the gopis to the banks of river Yamuna and danced with them all night long.

Nowadays, Raas leela is performed as a dance drama on the night of Krishna Janmashtami. This is a very grand event, especially in Mathura and Vrindavan, the birthplace of Lord Krishna.

Raas leela dances will have different themes to it, they are :

Janam Leela : This depicts the story of Krishna’s birth till his youth and his love for Radha. This is the most popular one of the lot. 
Putana Leela : This depicts Krishna’s killing of demon Putana.
Naga Leela : This depicts Krishna’s Killing of Kalinga, which had poisoned river Yamuna.

Celebrations In Mathura & Vrindavan


Celebrations at Mathura

Celebrations at Mathura, Vrindavan is a very grand event. Vrindavan is the birthplace of Lord Krishna. This city which houses more than 1000 temples get all alive during the festive season with rituals and special pujas happening at all the temples. The entire place is immersed with Krishna’s idols and bhajans playing at every street corner It is indeed a sight one would be pleased to witness. Special performances of Raas Leela are staged by professional dancers, which is a huge crowd puller. Each year thousands of tourists visit this holy place to witness this spectacular event. Vrindavan celebrates this festival for 8-10 days. But the actual event takes place at midnight (the time of Krishna’s birth) on the day of Janmashtami.

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Fasting On Krishna Janmashtami


Fasting for Krishna Bhagavan

Fasting is one important ritual many follow on this day. Devotees keep a 24 hours fast and only break it at midnight, the time of Lord Krishna birth. It is believed that fasting is one medium which will get you closest to Krishna and win you his blessings. There are different types of fasting,

Phalahar Fast and Nirjal Fast. In Phalahar fast, the person can have fruits and milk during the day but refrain from having grains, rice, salt etc. Nirjal fast on the other hand is a very strict fast, in which the person does not even drink water let alone have fruits. Only after offering prayers and bhog to Krishna at midnight, the person observing fast eats any food.

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Special Dishes Prepared On Janmashtami


Sweets for Janmashtami

Krishna had a strong fetish for milk sweets and butter. He is called as Makhan Chor or Ladoo Gopal for this very reason. So, special dishes made out of milk or Khoya (coagulated milk)are prepared on this day and offered to Lord Krishna. People observing fast will break the fast at midnight after offering prayers to Krishna and by eating the milk sweet. Some of the popular sweets prepared on this day are Kheer (sweetened milk rice), jamoon, ladoo, jalebi to name a few.

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