Daily Crossword & Sudoku

Janmashtami 2022 highlights: India celebrated Lord Krishna’s birth with much fervour

Janmashtami 2022 Live Updates, Janmashtami Celebrations Live Today: To mark the auspicious occasion, people worship Lord Krishna and prepare sweets and savouries

Shri Krishna Janmashtami 2022: Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated with much fervour. (Source: Express Photo by Vishal Srivastava)

Janmashtami 2022 Live Updates: Janmashtami is celebrated with great joy by the Hindu community across the word. The day marks the birth of Lord Krishna who is considered to be the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu.

The festival is celebrated on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha in the month of Shraavana of Bhadrapad (which overlaps with August or September of the Gregorian calendar).

According to Hindu scriptures, Krishna, the son of Devaki and Vasudeva was born in Mathura at midnight on the eighth day of Bhadrapada month. But, there was a threat to his life by his maternal uncle King Kansa. Following his birth, Vasudeva — who was imprisoned in a dungeon — carried the infant in a basket across the Yamuna river all the way to Gokul, where he was raised by foster parents Nanda and Yashoda. On the auspicious day, little idols of Lord Krishna are washed and clothed, and placed in a cradle.

The day is celebrated with great exuberance in Mathura and Vrindavan where devotees also enact dance dramas and sing devotional songs.

This year, Janmashtami celebrations will begin on August 18 and will continue till today. Dahi Handi, which is an important and fun tradition followed by devotees in many parts of the country and around the world, will be organised on Friday.

Live Blog

Janmashtami 2022 Live Updates:

09:49 (IST)20 Aug 2022
People wished each other on the joyous occasion

People extended wishes to each other and spent the holiday with their friends and families 

08:44 (IST)20 Aug 2022
Janmashtami 2022: Wishes continued to pour in

On the auspicious occasion, celebrities took to social media to wish everyone 

08:00 (IST)20 Aug 2022
Janmashtami celebrations in full swing

Take a look at some of these beautiful pictures 

07:34 (IST)20 Aug 2022
Janmashtami sees a rush of devotees

People in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh on Friday thronged temples decked up with flowers and embellishments to offer prayers on the festival of Janmashtami, reported PTI.

In the national capital, people were seen gathered outside temples in large numbers awaiting their turns. Tents were pitched and carpets laid outside several temple premises in the city to make room for devotees.

Stalls selling garlands and confectionary set up outside these temples were buzzing with people. Many were seen without face masks on.

"Today is a big day for us. I am an ardent follower of Lord Krishna. Every temple is decked up today. In the morning, I went to Iskcon. The aura there was different," said 25-year-old Kritima.

People were also seen carrying 'prasad' for their family members as well.

Thousands turned up at temples across Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh amid heavy security arrangements and waited in long queues to offer prayers.

Children in colourful attires presented cultural and religious performances, while bhajans and discourses on Krishna were organised in temples across the region.

In Kurukshetra, people started thronging temples since Thursday evening.

Suresh Chander Sharma, priest at the Birla Mandir, said devotes in large numbers began arriving since the morning.

In Srinagar, Kashmiri Pandits took out a Janmashtami procession amid tight security arrangements, officials said.

They said the procession started from the Ganpatyar temple in the Habba Kadal area of the city and passed through Tankipora and Jehangir Chowk before reaching the clock tower at the historic Lal Chowk.

Devotees in the procession danced and distributed sweets among people. 

23:33 (IST)19 Aug 2022
Gujarat Chief Minister made a visit to the Dwarkadhish Temple

The chief minister of Gujarat, Bhupendra Patel, paid a visit to the revered Dwarkadhish Temple in Dwarka on the occasion; see pics

23:04 (IST)19 Aug 2022
Janmashtami 2022: Check out West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's tweet

Here's what the chief minister tweeted earlier in the day:

22:02 (IST)19 Aug 2022
Janmashtami celebrations in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

Devotees took part in the celebrations in Coimbatore. It featured a cradle for the little lord that could be manually rocked.

21:28 (IST)19 Aug 2022
'Jai Kanhaiya Lal Ki': Shilpa Shetty's son turned Krishna and took part in Dahi Handi festivity!

Shilpa Shetty posted this adorable video of her son Viaan who turned Krisha earlier today, and took part in the Dahi Handi celebration. He was joined by his sister Samisha who turned out to be the cutest Radha! 

More from Lifestyle
21:21 (IST)19 Aug 2022
Singer Armaan Malik wished fans on the occasion

Earlier in the day, singer-songwriter Armaan Malik wished his fans and followers on the happy occasion, writing: "Wishing everyone a very happy #Janmashtami! Love, health, prosperity & happiness to all"

19:16 (IST)19 Aug 2022
Devotees throng temples as religious fervour grips Mathura on Janmashtami

Devotees from all walks of life and those from abroad offered prayers at Krishna temples on Friday as the Janmashtami celebrations gripped Mathura, the place where the deity is believed to have been been born.

The maximum rush was witnessed at the Radha Raman temple as the deity's "abhishek" ceremony lasted for over three hours amidst the chanting of Vedic hymns.
According to temple priest Dinesh Chandra Goshwami, cow milk, curd, honey, ghee and herbs were used for the "abhishek".

A large number of people also paid obeisance at the Dwarkadheesh temple during the "abhishek" ceremony, which lasted for nearly an hour, the shrine's PRO Rakesh Tewari said.

Devotees danced to the tunes of clarinet and beats of drums at temples from early in the morning.

While people in large numbers offered prayers at temples in Mathura, Vrindavan, Gokul and Nandgaon, thousands undertook the circumambulation of hillock Goverdhan.

The district administration beefed up the security to prevent any untoward incident, District Magistrate Navneet Singh Chahal said.

"The nation is celebrating the 5248th birth anniversary of Lord Krishna today and devotees from the country and abroad are taking part in the rituals to mark the occasion," said Kapil Sharma, secretary of Sri Krishna Janmasthan Seva Sansthan.

According to the legend, the sanctum sanctorum of the Sri Krishna Janmasthan temple is the place where Lord Krishna was born thousands of years ago, an official at the shrine said.

Preparations for a midnight "abhishek" of the deity at the Bhagwat Bhavan temple are in full swing, he said.

A cultural programme was also organised in the precincts of the Sri Krishna Janmasthan temple. Noted saint Gurusharnanand Mahraj told devotees that complete devotion and "bhakti" are the surest way of getting divine blessings.

"Charnamrit" (prasad) was also distributed among the devotees. 

Final touches are being given to preparations for a "mangala darshan" in the Bankey Bihari temple of Vrindavan past midnight. "It is the most auspicious ceremony of the temple that takes place once a year," said priest Gyanendra Kishor Goshwami. (Credit: PTI)

18:52 (IST)19 Aug 2022
Krishna Janmashtami 2022 celebration at Noida's ISKCON temple

Janmashtami celebrations are currently underway in Noida's ISKCON temple; check out these pictures! 

Express photo by Amit Mehra

Express photo by Amit Mehra

17:56 (IST)19 Aug 2022
Devotees celebrate Janmashtami in Assam

Janmashtami is being celebrated across Assam with religious zeal and fervour on Friday.

Devotees believe that Lord Krishna was born on this day, as per the Hindu calendar, and Janmashtami is celebrated to mark the occasion From temples to namghars (Vasinavite prayer halls), special puja and other programmes have been lined up for the entire day, with most to continue till late at night.

The ISKCON temple in Guwahati has organised elaborate programmes on the occasion with devotees making a beeline since the morning to pay obeisance and seek blessings.

The Hare Krishna Mandir, Guwahati, is celebrating the occasion with a four-day programme, which began on Thursday at their temple in north Guwahati area.

Cultural programmes have been organised, along with religious activities as part of the programmes, the organisers said.

The namghars under the ‘satras' (Vaisnavite monasteries) have especially been decked up for Janmashtami as naam-kirtan (religious prayers) are being offered to Lord Krishna, celebrating his birth and life.

Governor Jagdish Mukhi and Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, among others, greeted the people on the occasion.

Mukhi, in a tweet, extended his greetings to the people and urge everyone to follow the path shown by Lord Krishna.

“Lord Shri Krishna is the symbol of Dharma, Karma and Truth. Come, today, on this auspicious occasion, let us resolve to make our society and nation more strong and prosperous by following the path of Karma shown by Lord Shri Krishna,” the governor wrote.

Sarma also took to the micro-blogging site to extend his wishes.

“I pray at the feet of Lord Krishna that the blessings of the Lord will bring good news for the development of the state in the coming days,” he wrote. (Credit: PTI)

17:20 (IST)19 Aug 2022
Urban forests: Chhattisgarh CM dedicates plantation drive at 'Krishna Kunj' sites

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Friday dedicated a plantation drive in urban forests called 'Krishna Kunj' set up in 162 spots in the state on the occasion of Janmashtami, an official said.

He planted a 'kadamba' (burflower tree) in a 'Krishna Kunj' located in Telibandha area here and offered gram and jaggery to a cow on the occasion.

The CM also asked the collector to get a liquor shop situated nearby shifted to another location, the official said.

"These urban forests in 162 spots will have trees like banyan, pipal, mangoes, mulberry sitaphal, guava etc. The Krishna Kunj initiative will help people save their cultural heritage and help arrest deforestation in urban areas," the CM said.

Lord Krishna was a 'karmawadi' who lived what he preached, the CM added. (Credit: PTI)

16:50 (IST)19 Aug 2022
Kashmiri Pandits celebrate Janmashtami in Srinagar

Kashmiri Pandits gathered at Ganpatyar temple in Srinagar to celebrate the auspicious festival of Janmashtami.

16:21 (IST)19 Aug 2022
Hema Malini extends greeting on the festival of Janmashtami

Actor Hema Malini took to Instagram to wish everyone a happy janmashtami !

15:49 (IST)19 Aug 2022
'Govinda Aala Re' to 'Go Go Govinda': Songs to uplift ‘dahi handi' spirits this Janmashtami

The colour and collective fervour of ‘dahi handi', so much a part of the festival of Janmashtami, have been transported from the streets of Maharashtra, particularly Mumbai, to countless homes thanks to Bollywood songs through the decades.

As youngsters across the state form human pyramids to smash an earthen pot of buttermilk suspended mid-air, here is a look at some popular film tracks that gave ‘dahi handi, now recognised as a state sport, pan India recognition: 

'GOVINDA AALA RE': The classic track from Shammi Kapoor's 1963 film 'Bluffmaster' to celebrate Lord Krishna is an enduring favourite. Sung by music icon Mohammed Rafi, it was penned by Rajendra Krishna for the Manmohan Desai directorial.

'SHOR MACH GAYA SHOR': The superhit song is from the 1974 action movie 'Badla”, starring Shatrughan Sinha, Moushumi Chatterjee, Johny Walker and Mehmood. Musical duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal composed the song for Kishore Kumar.

'MACH GAYA SHOR SARI NAGRI RE': Picturised on megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Parveen Babi, this track from 1982 titled 'Khuddaar' has been a favourite 'dahi handi' song for events across Maharashtra and other parts of India. Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar crooned the song written by Majrooh Sultanpuri. Rajesh Roshan gave the music. 'Khuddaar' was directed by Ravi 
'AALA RE AALA GOVINDA AALA': From the 1989 film 'Kala Bazaar' featuring Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor, Farah Naaz and Kimi Katkar. It was penned by Indivar and crooned by playback singers Amit Kumar, Shabbir Kumar and Sadhana Sargam.

'JEETEGA WOHI JISME HAI DAM': Featuring Ajay Devgan and Karishma Kapoor, the college song is from the 1993 film 'Sangram'. Celebrated singers Kumar Sanu and Kavita Krishnamurthy lent their voices to the song composed by Nadeem-Shravan. The film also starred Ayesha Jhulka.

'AALA GOVINDA AALA': Sung by Udit Narayan and Jayshree Shivram, this track is from the movie 'Naach Govinda Naach'. Starring Govinda as an aspiring dancer alongside Mandakini, the film released in 1992. The composer duo Amar and Utpal gave the music and the lyrics were by Anjaan.

'CHANDI KI DAAL PAR SONE KA MOR': Starring Salman Khan and Rani Mukherjee, the popular dahi handi song is from the 1999 title 'Hello Brother'. With Khan and Alka Yagnik on vocals, the track is amongst the initial hits of composer Himesh Reshammiya. A staple in Janamasthmi celebrations.

'GO GO GOVINDA': The track was a special addition to the critically-acclaimed movie 'OMG - Oh My God'. It features Sonakshi Sinha and choreographer-actor Prabhudheva. Crooned by Shreya Ghoshal and Aman Trikha, the song is Himesh Reshammiya's composition. 'Oh My God' featured veteran actor Paresh Rawal in the lead role. Superstar Akshay Kumar, who produced the project, made a guest appearance as Lord Krishna in the movie. (PTI)

15:19 (IST)19 Aug 2022
Devotees celebrate Janmashtami at ISKCON temple in Hyderabad

Scores of devotees thronged the ISKCON temple in Hyderabad to celebrate the festival of Janamashtami.

14:37 (IST)19 Aug 2022
Sadhguru wishes Janmashtami to everyone

As the world celebrates the pious day of Janmashtami, Sadhguru took to Twitter to extend his warm wishes.

14:01 (IST)19 Aug 2022
Rishi Sunak, wife Akshata, visit temple to celebrate Janmashtami

British politician Rishi Sunak visited the Bhaktivedanta Manor temple in Hertfordshire with his wife Akshata Murty ahead of Janmashtami to seek Lord Krishna's blessings.

13:20 (IST)19 Aug 2022
Rahul Gandhi extends greeting on the festival of Janmashtami

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter on Friday to wish everyone a happy Janmashtami 

Shri Krishna Janmashtami 2022 : People dress up as Krishna to celebrate Janmashtami (Express Photo by Partha Paul)

According to the drikpanchang, this year, the ashtami tithi begins August 18 at 12:16 am and ends at 01:01 am August 19.

The legend has it that Krishna was born in Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, to Devaki and Vasudev, and raised by foster parents Nanda and Yashoda in Brindavan. Krishna had incarnated to spread the message of dharma to mankind, and to annihilate adharma and evil, during the Dwapar Yuga.

📣 For more lifestyle news, follow us on Instagram | Twitter | Facebook and don't miss out on the latest updates!

  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
First published on: 18-08-2022 at 05:00:54 pm
Next Story