The eighth day of the dark half of the month of Bhadra is known as the Sri Krishna Janmashtami. It is celebrated as the appearance day of the unborn and eternal, The Supreme Lord Sri Krishna. It was on this day that Lord Krishna appeared as the eighth son of Vasudeva and Devaki.
All the places that are associated with Lord Krishna, like Mayapur, Mathura and Vrindavan, celebrate this day with grandeur. He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. It is from Him that all the other incarnations of god are expanded. Lord Krishna was born with four hands, holding a disc, club, conch shell and lotus flower.
When Lord Krishna was born, He was dressed in yellow silk, wearing the jeweled necklace of the Kaustubha stone. Lord Krishna’s avatar had a mukut adorned with the Vaidurya stone. He was adorned with valuable bracelets, earrings and many other ornaments.
It is believed that to protect His dear-most devotees, to uphold religion, and to re-instill righteous behaviour to the earth, Lord Krishna is born time and again in different eras or yuga in His various incarnations or avatars. Although 5000 years have passed since He appeared in Mathura in His Krishna avatar, devotees celebrate His birth with much pomp, splendour and dedication with fasting, worships and prayers throughout the day.
At TODU, Janmashtami is celebrated very gorgeously. The festival starts off with the Adhivas ceremony on the eve, to invoke auspiciousness and help devotees prepare themselves for the next day’s festival. On Janmasthami, the festive mood sets in at TODU. Scores of visitors from far and near will come to the temple for darshan, up till midnight. Devotees will fast till midnight and will be engaged in various services. The whole day, devotees will be kept busy decorating the temple and preparing varieties of bhoga offerings for the pleasure of the Lordships, or maybe just tidying up the place for the festivities. The chanting of Maha Mantra going on throughout the day will passage one to the spiritual world. The altar will be beautifully decorated with colorful flowers and a new outfit is offered to Sri Sri Radha Krishna Kanhaiya. The festival starts in grand scale during the evening, as the Abhishek ceremony Sri Sri Radha Krishna Kanhaiya Utsav Deities is performed with auspicious items such as milk, fruit juices, honey, rose water etc. There will also be a spiritual discourse on the on the transcendental tattva & janma of Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. A variety of cultural programs will be showcased by the Youths of TODU and devotees to entertain the guest till 11.30PM. Heaps of chanting’s & kirtan will continue till the welcoming of the Lord at 12AM – the Maha Arati of Sri Sri Radha Krishna Kanhaiya.
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