Krishna Janmasthami (Nepali: कृष्ण जन्माष्टमी) is one of the holy and important festivals celebrated in Nepal by Hindu followers. Today, 11th August 2020 (Nepali: 27th Shrawan, 2077); people of different places go temples dedicated to Lord Krishna in Nepal and celebrate Krishna Janmasthami. Krishna Janmasthami means ‘The birthday of Lord Krishna’. It is also known as Gokulashtami or Srikrishna Jayanti.
Lord Krishna is regarded as the eighth incarnation of Lord Bishnu who was born in Mathura. He belonged to Yadu Vansa which means (Vrishni Clan) of Yadavas. Lord Krishna is known as the eighth Son of King Basudev and Queen Devaki. But because of his cruelty uncle ‘Kansa’, he was taken to Nanda and Yasoda Maiya to save his life. One of the priests said Kansa that the child of King Basudev will end him and his deeds and freed the world from his cruelty that terrified him. Therefore, he attempts every effort to find him and kill Lord Krishna to send devils but ever attempts were failed. Lord Krishna lived in a luxury life and his youth was romantic, naughtiness, and friendship. Later as a priest said, there was a battle between Kansa and Lord Krishna and end his rule and freed this father and mother from the prison. It is also said there are about 16,000 or 16,108 wives of Lord Krishna however, his only beloved was Radha. The first wife of Lord Krishna was Rukmani later married to Jamvabanti and Satyabhama. Other wives were actually was of a devil Narkasur who was killed by Lord Krishna and to protect the women from other evil he married them.
Lord Krishna also has an important role during the battle between Pandavas and Kauravas of Mahabharata. He was in the support of Pandavs. He physically did not take part in the battle but due to his strategies and power, Pandavas got the victory of Kauravas.
Celebration of Krishna Janmasthami
Krishna Janmastahmi in Nepal
Krishna Janmasthami in Bhaktapur City
Devotees of Bhaktapur, especially the local Newars celebrate the birthday of Krishna Janma Asthami with joy. Women both married or unmarried go to different temple taking round to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Taumadi Square, Dattatreya Square, Poultry square, and other places. They also travel around singing Bhajans around Bhaktapur area.
Boys travel wearing white cloth on the head and blacked colored on the bottom with Diyo (Light) on the head and both hand. Women or girls take care of the light from and adds oil when needed and also women carries a box of Puja’s items and SuKuNa (Holy Light). There are lots of viewers during this day in Bhaktapur area. Krishna Janma Asthami lies in the seventh day after Gai-Jatra, and there you can also view some people still playing Ghintan-Gishi (Stick-Dance).
Also after the day of Krishna Janma Asthami, Bhaktapur Newar will have a rally around Bhaktapur ancient city singing Bhajans with the pictures of Lord Krishna visiting. There will be many viewers to watch the rally.