Date: 14 Aug, 2009
Purpose: To follow the teachings of Lord Krishna.
The picture above shows a child enacting the life of Hindu god Lord Krishna during Janmastami celebrations.
Janmastami is the birthday of Lord Krishna, the re-incarnation of Lord Vishnu who gave us the vital message of Bhagwad Gita – the guiding principles for every Hindu (for every human being – in my opinion).
Janmastami is observed on the eight day of the dark half (Krishna Paksh) of the month of Bhadrapad in the Hindu calendar. This month is considered the end of monsoon season too.
Usually, in this religious celebration, Hindus keep fast (do not eat food items made of grains and cereals but fruits, milk products, sugar products can be consumed) , decorate their home- temples with Krishna idols/pictures, sing devotional songs (bhajan – kirtan) and offer prayers till midnight (as Lord Krishna was born at midnight, as per Hindu religious scriptures).
I’m not really inclined towards religious practices. However, I’ve read Gita and find it relevant even today. From my personal experience, I can say that If you are able to follow it’s principles, you will be able to avoid making any serious mistake in life.
Janmastami – is being celebrated on 14th Aug this year, 2009.