Many people still argue about his existence and many continue to question his presence in the so called History of the World. But i believe he did and there are many like me who do believe that. Now, in the past few years many scientists and archaeologists have researched and discovered the place called Dwarka, which is submerged under the sea near the coastal lines of Gujarat in India. It is proven that there was a city just like it is described in the scriptures and there was a man (god) called Krishna who precedes Jesus Christ.
Krishna Janmashtami also known as Krishnashtami, Saatam Aatham, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini, SriKrishna Jayanthi or sometimes merely as Janmashtami, is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Krishna, an avatar or an incarnation of the Hindu deity, Lord Vishnu. It is observed on the Ashtami tithi, the eighth day of the dark half or Krishna Paksha of the month of Bhadrapada in the Hindu calender, when the Rohini nakshatra is ascendent. The festival always falls within mid-August to mid-September in the Gregorian calender. In 2011, the festival will be celebrated on 22nd August in North India and on 21st August in South India.
In Uttar Pradesh where the lord was born in Mathura, his play ground Gokul and Vrindavan become more crowded and celebrations go up to a week. In Gujarat where the city Dwarka has Dwarkadhish temple celebrates it with pomp and joy. In the eastern state of Orissa, around Puri and West Bengal in Nabadwip, people celebrate it with fasting and doing puja at midnight. Purana Pravachana from Bhagavata Purana are done from the 10th Skandha which deals with pasttimes of Lord Krishna. The next day is called Nanda Utsav or the joyous celebration of Nanda Maharaj and Yashoda Maharaani. On that day people break their fast and offer various cooked sweets during the early hour.
Many such Govinda Pathaks compete with each other, especially for the handis that dole out hefty rewards. The event, in recent times, has gathered a political flavor, and it is common for political parties, and rich community groups to offer prizes amounting to lakhs of rupees. Some of the most famous handis are at, Dadar, Lower Parel, Worli, Mazgaon, Lalbaug, Thane and Babu Genu, Mandai in Pune. Cash and gifts are offered for Govinda troops to participate; for over 4,000 handis in Mumbai, 2000 Govinda troops compete for the prizes.
Well i'll be writing about Lord Krishna later in a different post in another of my own blogs hindubhakti.blogspot.com. Till then just enjoy life like how Krishna enjoyed and follow the righteous path which he taught. Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare.