Govind Bolo Hari Gopal Bolo: Shri Krishna Janmashtami
The Hindus celebrate Janmashtami for the birth of Lord Shri Krishna who is the most powerful incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Lord Krishna, one of the mightiest Gods was born on the 8th day of Dark Fortnight in the month of Bhadon. He was born for a special purpose on Earth. Lord Krishna was born to free the world from evil. Also, Lord Krishna preached about good karma and the theory of Bhakti.
Since Lord Krishna, also named Laddo Gopal was born at night, people celebrate Janmashtami at midnight. In prison, he was born to Vasudev and Devaki since his parents were prisoned by his Mama Kansa. Mama Kansa learned from the gods that the eighth child of Vasudev and Devaki would kill him. However, Kansa killed all the previous seven children. Krishna was born as the eighth child in the month of Bhadon. Before Kansha could kill Krishna, So Vasudev gave him to his friend Nand to save him. Nanda belonged to the Gokul community, and Krishna grew up in Gokul. Sri Krishna after some time became strong. As a result, he was able to kill Kansa.
Janmashtami is one of the most celebrated Hindu festivals in the country. People perform puja at their house or in temples. There are defined rituals for Janmashtami. People also decorate their houses with lights, flowers, and other decorative items. They make groups, offer sweets, perform puja together, and even sing and dance to spiritual songs that depict the story of Lord Krishna.
Since Lord Krishna was very fond of eating Makhan, people also play a sport called Matki-phor. It is a very popular sport in India, and many people gather together to play or see the sport. People decorates their houses and make Vrindavan nearby. Younger children dressup themselves like Radha and Krishna and sit in the swing (Jhula) for the celebration.
On the eve of Janmashtami, we all hear the sound of mantras and bells for the entire day. Many people also love to sing and dance to religious songs. Janmashtami is considered as one of the most pompous and joyous festivals in Hinduism.