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Krishna’s Birthday Celebrated at Shaktidhaam
Krishna Janmashtami is a festival to commemorate the birth of Lord Krishna which dates back around 5200 years ago in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. People observe Janmashtami to celebrate the birth and escape of Krishna from King Kansa. To celebrate they place a figure of baby Krishna in a cradle and swing it joyously and offer it sweets, curd, and ghee. Devotees of Krishna will fast all day, visit a Krishna temple at night and break their fast only at midnight, when he is said to have been born.
Govinda, or Dahi Handi, is a Janmashtami tradition that reflects Krishna’s mischievous nature. An earthen pot filled with a mixture of dahl and ghee is suspended high above the ground. Inside it is usually some money donated by people of the locality. Groups of men will then make a human pyramid and attempt to break the pot to get to its contents. The winnings are distributed amongst the entire team.
The Story of Krishna’s Birth
It is believed that on this day, Lord Vishnu incarnated on Earth as Lord Krishna to fight evil (8th incarnation of Vishnu). The story is told that in an attempt to expand his kingdom, Kansa marries his sister Devaki to the Yadu king Vasudeva. He hopes to usurp Vasudeva’s territory over time by employing underhanded tricks, but the heavens have other plans for the wretched king.
On the day of Devaki's marriage to Vasudeva, it was prophesied that her eighth son would kill Kansa. Following this incident, Kansa threw both his sister and brother-in-law into prison, and one by one killed their sons. Through divine intervention, Devaki’s 7th child is transferred from her womb to the womb of Rohini, Vasudeva’s first wife and is born in safety. When Devaki gets pregnant again with the eighth son, Kansa is anxious. The night Lord Krishna was born, a divine voice instructed Vasudeva to carry the baby to Vrindavan to protect him from Kansa's attack.
Krishna is honored as one of H.H. Sai Maa’s lineage. This year Shaktidhaam Ashram celebrated Shri Krishna’s birthday on Wednesday, August 12, leading up to a special ceremony and Aarti at midnight. Throughout the day, Shaktidhaam observed a special diet (Phulhari), chant, dance, and recited mantras, activating and spreading the joy and expansiveness of Krishna.
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Enjoy this short video honoring Lord Krishna.