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Janmashtami 2020 Celebrations Live Updates: India celebrates Lord Krishna’s birth with joy and reverence

Janmashtami 2020 Date, Happy Krishna Janmashtami 2020 Celebrations Images Live Updates: To mark the auspicious occasion, people decorate cradles and place Krishna's idol in it, while welcoming his arrival with sweets and savouries.

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 13, 2020 9:26:49 am
Janmashtami in India 2019, Indian ExpressJanmashtami 2019 Date in India: The statuette of Krishna (Source: Getty)

Krishna Janmashtami 2020 Celebrations Live Updates: The birth of Lord Krishna, believed to be the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu, is an annual Hindu festival celebrated as Janmashtami or Gokulashatami. It is usually observed on the eighth day or Ashtami of the Krishna Paksha in the month of Shravan or Bhadrapad. This year, Janmashtami celebrations begin August 11, with many also likely to celebrate it the next day. Krishna puja is usually conducted at midnight; the ritualistic puja includes 16 steps which are part of the Shodashopachara puja vidhi.

As per the Hindu tradition, Krishna is believed to have been born in Mathura at midnight on the eighth day of the Bhadrapada month. Immediately after his birth, his father Vasudeva took young Krishna across the Yamuna river to save him from uncle King Kansa and gave him to his foster parents in Gokul, Nanda and Yashoda. Legend goes that Kansa’s sister Devaki’s eighth son was prophesied to kill the cruel king. So Kansa locked Devaki and Vasudeva in the prison and started killing their sons one by one until Krishna was born.

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On Janmashtami, therefore, idols of infant Krishna are washed, clothed and placed in a cradle. The devotees then break their fast and share foods and sweets with a special emphasis on milk products including makhan, milk and curd.

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19:01 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Janmashtami 2020 Celebrations: Watch how Lord Krishna was venerated earlier in the day in this temple

The Radha Raman Temple in Vrindavan did the 'mangal abhishek' of Lord Krishna on the joyous occasion 

18:25 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Janmashtami 2020 Celebrations: Dharmendra wishes fans on Janmashtami

The actor took to Twitter to wish his fans.

16:02 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Janmashtami 2020 Celebrations: Television actor Sumedh Mudgalkar shared a lovely post on the occasion

The actor, who essays the role of Lord Krishna in the TV show 'RadhaKrishn' shared this post on Instagram:     View this post on Instagram         Sab teri leela hai hari! u2764ufe0f Saari seekh tum pehle hi de chuke ho, Jo chale uspe muskuraate ho, Jo na chale uspe bhi. Uss par chalna asaan to nahi hai, Par koi chal sake to wo bhi tere jaisa muskura deta hai.. Teri muskurahat ki chaaon main duniya ki sabse badi musibat bhi aasaan lagti hai. ud83dude0a Jab maan leta hoon tu saath hai, To zindagi kuch saaf dikhne lagti hai. Khudpe bhi aur bharosa rakhta hu, tum pe bhi, Mere dost, Mere margadarshak, Mere daata, Mere hari u2764ufe0fu2728 Sab teri hi leela hai!! . . Sabhi ko Janmashtami ki Hardik Shubhkamnayein! u2764ufe0fu2728A post shared by Sumedh Vasudev Mudgalkar (@beatking_sumedh) on Aug 11, 2020 at 12:36am PDT

16:00 (IST)12 Aug 2020
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Wish your loved ones on the auspicious occasion with these special messages

14:44 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Janmashtami 2020 Celebrations: Cricketer Suresh Raina shares his wishes on Twitter

The ace cricketer wished for the Lord to bless everyone always. Here is what he tweeted on the occasion: 

13:52 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Janmashtami 2020 Celebrations: Actor Sushmita Sen tweets on the occasion

The actor took to Twitter yesterday to share her thoughts and wishes on Lord Krishna's birthday

13:25 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Janmashtami 2020 Celebrations: Kangana Ranaut posts throwback picture

On the occasion of Janmashtami 2020, here is what Kangana Ranaut's team posted on Instagram:

12:16 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Janmashtami 2020 Celebrations: Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu wishes on the auspicious day

"May this festival bring peace, harmony and prosperity to everyone," Naidu wrote on Twitter. 

11:28 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Janmashtami 2020 Celebrations: Nirmala Sitharaman extends greetings

Here is how the Finance Minister is celebrating Janmashtami.

10:59 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Janmashtami 2020 Celebrations: Actor Anupam Kher shares his wishes on the occasion

The actor took to Twitter yesterday to wish his followers on the occasion of Janamasthami. Take a look at what he tweeted: 

10:06 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Janmashtami 2020 Celebrations:President Ram Nath Kovind greets on Janmashtami

President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday greeted people on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami, which marks the birth of Lord Krishna.

09:19 (IST)12 Aug 2020
Janmashtami 2020 Celebrations: Wish your loved ones on the joyous occasion

Revered as the the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the birth anniversary of Krishna is celebrated with much aplomb every year, especially at his birth place Mathura and Vrindavan where he spent his childhood. This year, the auspicious day is being celebrated on August 11 and 12.

On this day, wish your family and friends a Happy Janmashtami with these messages. Check them out here.

00:02 (IST)12 Aug 2020
In pictures: How Janmashtami was celebrated in various parts of the country

Take a look here at how different cities in the country observed Janmashtami

23:13 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Janmashtami: No entry to devotees in Mathura temples, 'puja' to be live streamed

Janmashtami festival in Krishna Janmasthan here will be observed on Wednesday with all the rituals, but the devotees will not be allowed entry to the temple due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a temple official said. However, arrangements have been made to live stream the 'puja' for devotees.

The Bhagwat Bhavan Temple, the sanctum sanctorum of the Janmasthan, will be given the shape of a 'Purnendu Kunj', sparkling with gems like pearls, diamonds and ruby.

Also, local and imported flowers will be used to decorate the shrine, said Kapil Sharma, the secretary at the Sri Krishna Janmasthan. A heavy police force will be posted at the entrance of main temples to prevent the entry of devotees, District Magistrate Sarvagya Ram Mishra said.

The auspicious day of Janmashtami would begin with the playing of clarinet and the thunderous sound of drums followed by a 'Mangala Aarati' amidst chanting of devotional music, Sharma said.

The main programme, according to Sharma, will begin at 11.00 pm on Wednesday with obeisance to 'Navagrah' (nine planets), followed by blowing of the conch, beating of cymbals and drums at midnight.

22:05 (IST)11 Aug 2020
PM Modi greets on Janmashtami

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday greeted people on the occasion of Janmashtami. Janmashtami is celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Krishna.

"Best wishes on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami. Jai Shri Krishna," Modi tweeted in English and Hindi.

21:16 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Maharashtra: No human pyramids this time, Dahi-handi groups decide

With coronavirus casting its grim shadow, several `Dahi-handi' groups in Maharashtra have decided to celebrate the Janmashtami festival on Wednesday in a low-key manner and without human pyramids.

Dahi-handi -- earthen pitchers of curd or buttermilk -- will be broken only symbolically, said Bala Padalkar, chief of the Dahi-handi Utsav Samnavay Samiti, an umbrella body of over 950 `mandals' (groups) in the state.

In normal times, the highlight of the festival is multi-level human pyramids of `Govindas' reaching for the Dahi handi, strung high up on a rope. Padalkar said that members of the Samiti decided that no human pyramids will be formed this year, in keeping with the social distancing norms. The handi will be broken in a symbolic manner, taking all precautions with participants wearing face masks, he said.

"The enthusiasm won't be the same this year," he told PTI.

19:40 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Janmashtami 2020 Celebrations:Singer Adnan Sami extends his heartfelt wishes

The singer wished everyone on the occasion of Janmashtmi.

18:58 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Janmashtami 2020 Celebrations: Actor Pulkit Samrat extends his warm wishes by posting a throwback picture

Actor Pulkit Samrat posts a cute picture of himself on the occasion of Janmashtmi.     View this post on Instagram         Janmashtami ud83dude07 #natkhat ud83dude0eA post shared by Pulkit Samrat (@pulkitsamrat) on Aug 11, 2020 at 1:20am PDT

18:24 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Janmashtami 2020 Celebrations: Actor Sidharth Shukla shares his memories of childhood on the occasion of Janmashtami

Actor Sidharth Shukla reminisces his childhood mentioning how he used to look forward to the occasion since he wanted to break matkis.

17:50 (IST)11 Aug 2020
Janmashtami 2020 Celebrations: Actor Preity Zinta extends her wishes on the occasion of Janmashtami

Actor Preity Zinta wishes her fans on Instagram. She wrote, "may Lord Krishna steal all your worries and give you peace, wisdom and happiness."

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May Lord Krishna steal all your worries and give you peace, wisdom and happiness ❤️ Happy Janmashtami folks 🙏 Jai Shri Krishna 🤗 #makhanchor #HappyJanmashtami

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While the festival of Krishna Janmashtami, known by different names including Gokulashtami, is celebrated with much fervour across the country and the world owing to the popularity of Lord Krishna, this year, the celebrations are expected to be low-key with the current coronavirus pandemic concern.

As part of the rituals, while some indulge in devotional singing, others revel in the customary Dahi Handi act. Dahi Handi is also celebrated with a lot of pomp and drama - loud DJs, rain dance and what always steals the limelight, a Dahi Handi contest. However, this year, no large gatherings are allowed.

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