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Time: Bhadraba, Krishna Paksha, Ashtami ( August–September)
Description : The festival is celebrated on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the month of Bhadraba (August–September). Of all the divine incarnations of the God, Sri Krishna is the most adored. By virtue of His divine Leelas or sports, Krishna has become the darling of the humanity.

Krishna was the eighth son of Devaki and Vasudeva. Based on scriptural details and astrological calculations, the date of Krishna's birth, known as Janmashtami. Sri Krishna is one of the most venerated God out Of the entire celestial embodiment of the spirit. By good worth of Lord Krishna’s heavenly sports or Leelas, Lord Krishna has turned out to be the beloved of the humankind.

The reason of this incarnation or avatar was, as clarified in the sacred (Bhagavat Geeta), the obliteration of malevolence and the introduction of virtue and truth. Lord Krishna had started showing his virtues from his childhood days by killing many demons. Lord Krishna was the narrator of the first war at the time of Satya Yug, Kurukshetra war to demolish the evil Kauravas and reinstate lawful privileges to the truthful and honest Pandavas. Lord Krishna was born at mid-night when the moon entered the house of Vrisabha at the constellation of the star Rohini on the eighth day of the dark half of the month of Bhadrab. Therefore, it became customary to observe fasting upto mid-night till the exact hour of birth. When the fixed hour comes conches are blown, gongs are sounded, slogans involving the God are given which heralds the birth of Krishna. After this Bhog (food offering) is offered to the deity and the fast is broken. The festival is widely celebrated in all vaishnavite temples, monasteries and houses. Clay images of Krishna are also worshipped on this occasion

Janmashtami, the birth anniversary of Lord Shree Krishna, was observed with much fervour by the ISKCON Temple in Bhubaneswar.

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