Krishna Janmashtami 2023: The Significance of Worshiping Lord Krishna Today
On this auspicious day of Shrikrishna Janmashtami, which falls on Bhadra Krishna Ashtami, devotees worldwide celebrate and worship Lord Krishna, the beloved deity of Hindus.
Devotees observing Shri Krishna Janmashtami typically begin their day with a fast and refreshing bath. Throughout the day, they maintain a pure and Sattvic lifestyle, consuming only water or fruits. The highlight of the festivities occurs at midnight when the metal idol of Lord Krishna is bathed in a mixture called Panchamrit.
Imagining Lord Krishna with a flute in hand, a peacock feather adorning his head, surrounded by lush gardens, and sharing sweet melodies with the opinions and animals, we recall the divine moment when he was born. This miraculous event took place in the prison where his parents, Vasudeva and Devaki, were held captive by the tyrant King Kansha.
Shri Krishna Janmashtami is known by various names, such as Seventh Eighth, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini, Shri Krishna Jayanti, Shri Jayanti, or simply Janmashtami.
According to ancient scriptures, Lord Krishna is considered the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu, and his birth occurred during the Revati Nakshatra on the midnight of Bhadra Krishna Ashtami in the Dwapara Yuga.
Worshipping Lord Krishna on this day is believed to bring blessings of children, long life, and prosperity. It is believed that celebrating this festival can fulfill the wishes of all devotees. According to the scriptures, even a person with a weak moon in their horoscope can benefit significantly by worshipping Shri Krishna.
In contemporary times, idols of Radha-Krishna are worshipped to seek love and marital happiness, child Krishna for the blessing of children, and Krishna with banshees to fulfill other desires.
During the worship of Lord Krishna, it is customary to avoid using the color black. This practice extends to not wearing black attire while visiting the temple. Instead, devotees use fragrant flowers and gopi sandalwood for the beautiful and aromatic worship of Lord Krishna.