December 10, 2023, Sunday
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Krishna Janmashtami observed

The Nepal Weekly
August 23, 2022
Krishna Mandir at Hanumandhoka Durbar Square

Shree Krishna Janmashtami is the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, the heroic character of Mahabharat. He is taken as the eighth Avataar of lord Vishnu according to Hindu tradition. His incarnation took place to end the ill doings of his wicked maternal uncle Kansha. He was biological child of Vasudev and Devaki, but he was brought up by Nanda and YashodaMaiya. Krishna’s childhood is full of fun and love. His youth was romantic and example of love and friendship with Gopis and Gopinis. He was married to Rukmani while Radha was his beloved one.

He is worshiped with so many names: Krishna, Murari, Hari, Gopal, Shyam, Nanda Lala, Muraidhar, Vanshidhar and so many other names. He is named Krishna because he had dark complex as Krishna in Sanskrit means dark (or black). In fact, Krishna had said “you just remember me, by whatever name, I will be with you, if I know you are calling me”. He is favourite music instrument was flute. He always had flute in his hand.

Krishna has the central role in Mahabharat, the holy Hindu epic. Love, war, social inequality, politics, moral values and Mokhsa are the subject matter embedded in the epic wrote by Vyaas. Mahabharatais also another name of the war of Kurushetra where Pandavas fought against the Kauravas. Krishna has very important role in the war. He was the charioteer Arjuna, one of the five Pandava brothers. Krishna was the main character who supported Pandavas against Kauravas to win the war. His holy advices are known as Bhagawat Gita, where he teaches Arjuna about all merits and evils. He did not physically take part in the battle, but the Pandavas had never won the war without his presence and help.

Janmashtami is very popular festival in Nepal, India and throughout the Hindu world. It is celebrated as a general triumph of good over evil. Hindu epic tales tell of Krishna’s battles with evil beings and his ultimate victory over the forces of darkness.

Many devotees fast, worship Krishna, and offer food items Krishna loves to have like milk, curd, sweets, fruits etc. The temples of Lord Krishna are decorated and bhajans and kirtan are sung or played. The Krishna Mandir in Patan Durbar Square, Narayanhiti Krishnamandir and other temples of lord Krishna are the places for celebrating in Krishna Janmaasthimi. Devotees flock to the ancient Krishna temple in old Patan Durbar Square to keep vigil through the glorious night of his birth. As they sit huddled together their bodies rocking in humble obeisance, the women chant the many names of the Lord, ’Narayan, Narayan’ and Gopal, Gopal’. Some sing ancient hymns, others clap their hands, while some pray.