Krishna Janmashtami 2019: How Banke Bihari Temple in Vrindavan Celebrates Lord Krishna’s Birthday


The festival of Shri Krishna Janmashtmi is being celebrated on Friday 23 in the world famous Thakur Bankebihari of Vrinadavan.For which extensive preparations have been made. 
Today, after midnight Kanha is born, Mangla Aarti is done at 1.55 pm. Mangala Aarti takes place only once a year on Janmashtami. 

Ashok Goswami serving priest said, “After Aarti, you will be able to have a glimpse of Bankebihari from two o’clock in the morning to five and a half in the morning.” 

Nandotsav, which celebrates the Lord Krishna’s birth, will be celebrated from 7:45 am to 12 noon. During the Nandotsav celebrations, the doors of the temple will remain open for devotees and they will be offered with toys, fruits, dry fruits, sweets prepared from musk melon seeds, coconut and others to celebrate the joy. They will also be given Makhaan (home-made butter) and Mishri (rock sugar), which is believed to be Lord Krishna’s favourite. The Panchamrit Prasad (Prasad of maha abhishek, a mix of milk, curd, honey, ghee and water) is distributed among the devotees.

Janmashtmi in Vrindavan

To celebrate the day, Thankur Bankibihari temple is decorated; processions are taken out, while religious sites dedicated to the Blue God see a host of bhajans and kirtans taking place along with satsangs. Many places host dance-drama enactments of the life of Krishna according to the Bhagavata Purana, devotional singing through the midnight when Krishna was born, fasting, a night vigil (ratri jagaran), and a festival the following day to celebrate his birth.

The sole reason of celebrating this festival is bringing people together so that principles of unity strengthen. Dahi Handi is another important aspect of this festival that is observed in the second day of Janmashtami. As a kid Lord Krishna was named “Makhanchor” or the one who steals butter.

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