KRISHNA JANAMASHTMI 2014
Hindus across the world will celebrate the auspicious occasion of
Janamashtmi on August 16, 2014. Krishna appeared in a
prison cell in the shroud as an innocent child to his parents Vasudeva
and Devaki who were imprisoned by the tyrant king Kansa. Kansa killed
many innocent lives and it was necessary for some supernatural force
to descend upon earth to destroy his regime and restore a semblance of
peace and order. It was Bhagwan Krishna who manifested as the eight
incarnation of Lord Vishnu in the age of Dwapar to fulfill the promise
– “For the protection of the virtuous, extermination of evil doers and
for establishing Dharma on a firm footing, I am born from age to age”.
It was the eight day of the dark fortnight in the Hindu month of Bhado
(August-September). Auspicious stars were conspicuous in the sky. It
was a night of relentless thunderstorms. Lightening and thunder filled
the atmosphere and every river overflowed its bank. At exactly
midnight Lord Krishna appeared in all his Splendour bearing the Sankh-conch,
Chakra-wheel, Gada-mace and Padma-lotus. Bewildered by this
unbelievable spectacle the divine force requested that he be taken to
the city of Gokul at the home of Nanda and Yashoda.
He grew up amongst the cowherds and cowherdesses. There he performed
his divine lilas (play) bringing joy and happiness to all. In time
Kans was killed by Lord Krishna and his rule of terror ended on earth.
He freed his parents and restored Vasudev to the throne.
The life of Lord Krishna is recorded in the pages of the Shrimad
Bhagavatam and his divine instruction encompasses 18 chapters of the
On this day Hindus retrieve to the temple and immerse themselves in
prayerful supplication at the immortal feet of Krishna seeking his
blessings, guidance and intervention in their lives at all times. The
most breathtaking spectacle of the celebration involves the rocking of
the cradle in which a baby representation of Krishna is placed
recapturing the moments following his divine birth in the beautiful
city of Gokul.
I urge all of you to turn out in large numbers and fill your
respective mandirs on this lovely day. It is a day of prayers,
contemplation, introspection and rejuvenation. The demonic forces that
prevailed in Dwapar yug are still very visible in this age and time.
For many of us the Kansic temperament take precedence in our lives in
the form of cruelty, envy, hatred, deception and other negative
behaviors and attitudes. Janamashtmie is an auspicious occasion when
all of us should offer our selves in totality to supreme Krishna so
that his presence in our lives can mould us to be better humans, free
from the blemishes that would contribute to an ugly world.
May lord Krishna be the charioteer of your lives and enjoy the bliss
and success in every area of your life. A splendid Janamashtmie to