Today is Janamashtmi. All Krishna temples in the country are decorated. There is an unending crowd of people for the darshan of their favourite God. Many people observe fast till midnight.When we were small we used to make small swings and sing lullabies to put baby Krishna to sleep.
Janamastami,is one the most important festivals of India. This festival marks the birth of Sri Krishna, who is believed to be the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. This festival is celebrated all over India,with great devotion for Krishna. There is a popular legend related to the birth of Krishna. He was the son of Devaki and Vasudeva. King Kansa was Devaki's brother.He put his father King Ugrasain, behind the bars and himself became the king. The legend goes that after Devaki's marriage, Kansa was going in his carriage to leave his beloved sister Devaki to her in-laws home, when there was a prophesy that his sister's eighth son will kill him. Immediately he sent Vasudeva and Devaki in prison.He ordered that all the children borne by Devaki must be brought to him. One by one, when Devaki delivered a baby ,he was killed by Kansa. When she was expecting her eighth child, the security was increased. No body was allowed even near the prison. When labour pains started, there was a prophesy that Vasudeva must take the new born baby to Gokul, to the house of Nand and Yashoda. He was directed to leave the baby by the side of Yashoda and bring back the baby girl , delivered by Yashoda. When the time for the birth came all chains and shackles opened.All security guards fell asleep. Vasudeva could easily escape with the baby. Every thing went as prophesied. The baby girl was placed by the side of Devaki. All the security guards woke up. Kansa got the news and was surprised to know a baby girl was born. Out of great anger, he hit the baby girl on a stone. The girl flew up and said ,"The baby who has to kill you is safe and sound" Kansa, full of rage left the prison.
All Krishna temples, are decorated tastefully. The crowd starts from morning . There are pujas, recitation of Bhagwat Gita and bhajans the whole day.
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