Janmashtami — also known as Krishna Janmashtami or Gokulashtami — is an important annual religious festival celebrated by Hindus around the world to mark the birthday of Lord Krishna, the eighth and most powerful avatar of Vishnu. Lord Krishna was born in a dungeon in Mathura where his parents were imprisoned and due to a threat to his life, he was quickly taken to Gokul to his foster parents. Hindus observe the festival by keeping a fast (upavasa) and through dance-drama enactments of the life of Lord Krishna, devotional songs during the night when Lord Krishna was born, a night vigil (ratri jagaran) and the mahotsava festival on the following.
Janmashtami is being celebrated today with a lot of enthusiasm across India. Bollywood celebs and other members of the film fraternity took to social media to share their wishes with fans on this auspicious day:
Amitabh Bachchan tweeted, “Janamashtami greetings.”
T ३२६३/४/५/६ - 3263/4/5/6 -— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 23, 2019
Janamashtami greetings .. जन्माष्टमी की अनेक अनेक शुभकामनाएँ pic.twitter.com/TvRoLNYesz
Shilpa Shetty shared a video of her 7-year old son Viaan on Instagram, as he breaks the dahi handi with a coconut in his hand to celebrate the festival. Shilpa wrote, “My lil #Krishna and our yearly ritual celebrating #Janmashtami at our home.. #ViaanRaj #smashingit and getting better every year. Happy Janmashtami to all..lots of love and happiness to my instafam.”
Anil Kapoor wrote, “Wishing you all a very Happy & Prosperous Krishna Janmashtami!
Wishing you all a very Happy & Prosperous Krishna Janmashtami! #KrishnaJanmashtami— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) August 24, 2019
Manmarziyan actress, Taapsee Pannu wrote, “Happy Janmashtami!”
Happy Janmashtami !— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) August 23, 2019
जन्माष्टमी की शुभकामनायें
आज मक्खन की special treat होनी चाहिए !
Playback singer Lata Mangeshkar shared a devotional song on her Twitter page to mark the occasion.
प्रणाम. ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय। आप सबको जन्माष्टमी की बहुत शुभकामनाएँ. https://t.co/CvHIwbwKto— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) August 23, 2019
Dahi Handi, also called Utlotsavam, is a festive team sport played during Janmashtami. In a public space, an earthen pot is filled with yogurt and hung at a height which is difficult to reach. Men form teams and make a human pyramid, to reach and break the pot, while the women surround them to sing and cheer them on. It is based on the legend of Lord Krishna stealing butter and dairy products as a baby. The festive sport has been depicted in several Bollywood songs, such as Go Go Go Govinda, starring Sonakshi Sinha and Pradbhudeva, from the movie OMG - Oh My God!; Chandi Ki Daal Par Sone Ka Mor from the Salman Khan movie Hello Brother; and various others.