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Happy Janmashtami 2020: Celebs share throwback photos of themselves as Lord Krishna

Today, we might not get to see our favourite celebrities attending the 'dahi-handi' celebrations because of the coronavirus pandemic, but they have made sure to wish everyone on the occasion of Krishna Janmashtami.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 11, 2020 3:13:46 pm
janmashtami wishes from bollywoodSidharth Malhotra and Neil Nitin Mukesh shared their childhood photos on Janmashtami. (Photo: Neil Nitin Mukesh/Instagram, Sidharth Malhotra/Instagram)

Every year, the Indian film and television industry celebrates the festival of Krishna Janmashtami with full zeal and vigour. Be it Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Shilpa Shetty and Amitabh Bachchan or Malayalam superstar Mohanlal, everyone makes sure to wish their fans, friends and family on the auspicious occasion. Some of them even break the ‘dahi-handi’, a prominent ritual which is synonymous with the celebration of Janmashtami.

A Hindu festival, Janmashtami is celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Krishna. As per the Hindu calendar, Lord Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu, was born on the eighth day of the month of Bhadra. On this day, people offer prayers to Lord Krishna, they decorate temples and swings at their houses, organise dance-dramas based on the life of Krishna, sing devotional songs throughout midnight and fast through the day.

Lord Krishna has inspired many characters in our films and TV serials. NT Rama Rao has essayed the role of Krishna in many films including Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham (1962), the Tamil film Karnan (1964) and Daana Veera Soora Karna (1977). We saw Akshay Kumar playing Krishna in 2012 film OMG – Oh My God! and Pawan Kalyan took up the same role in the Telugu remake, Gopala Gopala. And, how can we forget Nitish Bhardwaj who played Lord Krishna in BR Chopra’s epic TV series Mahabharata.

Today, we might not get to see our favourite celebrities attending the ‘dahi-handi’ celebrations because of the coronavirus pandemic, but they have made sure to wish everyone on the occasion of Krishna Janmashtami. So we bring you all the wishes of your favourite stars.

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Stars celebrate Krishna Janmashtami 2020.

15:13 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Dharmendra wishes fans on Janmashtami

Dharmendra shared a video wishing his fans on Janmashtami.

14:54 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Randeep Hooda's Janmashtami post will win your heart
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To Lord Krishna .. and Ch(k)ris.. a very Happy Birthday! #HappyJanmashtami #KrishnaJanmashtami @chrishemsworth

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Randeep Hooda wished Chris Hemsworth on his birthday. The actor also celebrated Krishna Janmashtami.

14:31 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Pulkit Samrat's throwback Janmashtami photo
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Janmashtami 😇 #natkhat 😎

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Pulkit Samrat shared his childhood photo as a little Lord Krishna.

14:15 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Sidharth Shukla shares his Janmashtami memory

Sidharth Shukla took to Twitter and shared his childhood memory of Janmashtami. "Back in d day ... I used to look forward to Janmashtami as the next day I wanted to break Matkis in my colony but unfortunately we didn’t get offs from school.....but now I feel worse for school kids as they don’t have school but no breaking matkis ....neway," he tweeted.

13:55 (IST)11 Aug 2020
'Let there be love, happiness and laughter'
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Wishing you and your family a very Happy Janmashtami! Let there be love, happiness and laughter❤️❤️❤️

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Namrata Shirodkar shared a picture on Instagram with a caption that read, "Wishing you and your family a very Happy Janmashtami! Let there be love, happiness and laughter"

13:38 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Neetu Singh shares a video on Janmashtami
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Happy Janmashtami 🙏#jai Krishna

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Sharing a video of Priyatama song "Radhe Kahe Tune Murli Churai" on Instagram, Neetu Singh wished fans on Janmashtami.

13:20 (IST)11 Aug 2020
'Jai Shri Krishna'

Sharing a picture of Lord Krishna on Instagram, Kapil Sharma wished his fans on Janmashtami.

12:49 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Shilpa Shetty shares throwback video of her visit to Iskcon temple

On Janmashtami, Shilpa Shetty shared a video of herself with family performing Krishna Abhishek at Iskcon temple. "Last year this day, performing the Krishna Abhishek at @iskcontemple. May Lord Krishna take away all our worries, give us the strength to face each day with courage, and bless each one of us with happiness, love, & peace on the holy occasion of Krishna Janmashtami," she captioned the video.

12:31 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Vipin Aneja releases Janmashtami special song

Singer Vipin Aneja launched Krishna Mahamantra on the occasion of Janmashtami.

12:20 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Arjun Rampal on Janmashtami

Wishing fans on Jamashtami, Arjun Rampal wrote, "When a person responds to the joys and sorrows of others as if they were his own. He has reached the highest state of spiritual union. Lord Krishna. #happyjanamashtmi"

12:10 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Neil Nitin Mukesh shares his picture as Bal Gopal

On Janmashtami, Neil Nitin Mukesh shared a throwback picture in which the actor is dressed as Lord Krishna. Sharing the picture, Neil wrote, "Happy Janamasthami !! Loads of love Blessings and Happiness your way. This is me dressed as young Lord Krishna"

12:01 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Sidharth Malhotra shares his favourite Janmashtami photo

Sharing a childhood picture. Sidharth Malhotra wrote, "Have fun family memories of Delhi related to this festival, however this year let’s all celebrate responsibly. Wishing for love, peace & harmony, #HappyJanmashtami to all ♥️"

11:46 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Esha Deol wishes Happy Janmashtami

On Janmashtami, Esha Deol was among the few celebrities who took to Twitter to wish her fans.

11:32 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Anupam Kher on Janmashtami

Anupam Kher took to Twitter and wrote, "Wish you all a very happy Janmashthami. I hope Lord Krishna bless us all."

11:16 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Sandeep Singh on Janmashtami

Wishing fans on Janmashtami, Sandeep Singh, who hosted Roadies for two seasons, wrote, "आप सभी को भगवान श्रीकृष्ण जन्माष्टमी की हार्दिक बधाई एवं शुभकामनाएं।"

11:05 (IST)11 Aug 2020
May this auspicious occasion bring hope, courage and happiness: Mahesh Babu

Mahesh Babu shared his Janmashtami wish on Instagram. The actor wrote, "Wishing you all a happy Jamashtami. May this auspicious occasion bring hope, courage and happiness unbound."

10:55 (IST)11 Aug 2020
'Krishna is the only fashionista incarnation of God'

In another tweet, Kangana Ranaut mentioned, "Krishna is the only fashionista incarnation of God. Ha ha. He loved decorating himself with peacock feathers, flowers and yellow silk. He played the flute and danced like a celestial being. What to say about Krishna? He is not God; he is a doorway to madness #janmashtami2020"

10:40 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Kangana Ranaut shares throwback picture of her visit to Dwarka

Sharing a throwback photo of her visit to Dwarka, Kangana Ranaut wrote, "Of all the places I have visited on this planet, Dwarika remains the most fascinating and enchanting. In fact it’s not even a place, it’s a little cluster of unnamed ecstatics."

10:26 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Manoj Manchu on Krishnastami

"Krishna janmashtami Subhakanshalu to all the sweet people :) stay blessed and happy :)," Manoj Manchu shared via Twitter.

10:13 (IST)11 Aug 2020
'May your life be filled with love'

On Janmashtami, Simran tweeted, "May your life be filled with love, happiness, and Lord Krishna’s blessings. Happy Janmashtami!"

Indian music composers have a song for every occasion. And, they have often composed songs inspired by the life of Lord Krishna. Lyricists have written about Krishna's bond with his mother Yashoda and his mischievous love with Radha. The A.R. Rahman composition from Lagaan titled "Radha Kaise Na Jale", in the voice of Asha Bhosle and Udit Narayan, beautifully captures the essence of Radha-Krishna relationship. In Amar Prem's song "Bada Natkhat Hai Ye", RD Burman has soulfully presented the love between Krishna and his mother Yashoda.

Last year, Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Dream Girl gave a peppy addition to the Janmashtami playlist. Its song "Radhe Radhe" had a setting similar to that of Lord Krishna’s birthplace Gokul, Mathura and its upbeat music made people hit the dance floor instantly.

In 2019, it was Shah Rukh Khan's video of breaking 'dahi-handi' that caught everyone's attention. The actor performed the ritual at his Mumbai residence. Shilpa Shetty Kundra, who has a yearly ritual of performing 'dahi-handi' at home, also posted a video of her son Viaan performing the ritual. Ayushmann Khurrana, who was promoting Dream Girl in Baroda last year, celebrated the festival with his fans.