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Janmashtami 2022 Date in India: When is Krishna Janmashtami in 2022 — August 18 or 19?

Krishna Janmashtami 2022 Date in India: It is celebrated on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha in the month of Shraavana of Bhadrapad

Janmashtami dateJanmashtami 2022 Date in India: Janmashtami is celebrated with much exuberance every year (Designed by Gargi Singh)

Janmashtami 2022 Date in India: Janmashtami is widely celebrated across the country, especially by the Hindu community. It is the celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu — one of the three of the holy Hindu trinity.

It 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).

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This year, Janmashtami celebrations will begin on August 18 and will continue the next day — August 19, according to Drik Panchang. It added that the “Midnight moment will fall on 12:25 AM, Aug 19”. This year will be celebrated as the 5249th birth anniversary of Lord Krishna.

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“Most of the time, Krishna Janmashtami is listed on two consecutive days. The first one is for Smarta Sampradaya and the other one is for Vaishnava Sampradaya. A single date for Janmashtami would mean that both Sampradaya would observe Janmashtami on the same date,” it explained.

To understand the difference between Smarta and Vaishnava, we spoke to Rohitashw Trivedi, assistant editor of Shri Vishwa Vijay Panchang. “The distinction between the two has nothing to do with the deity you worship, but actually the lifestyle you follow. Those who belong to the working/materialistic class are considered Smarta, which is basically 99 percent of the population. Vaishnavas are those who have shed their cognitive layer and are on the path to sannyasa, for eg. monks. So according to the Hindu calendar, two separate dates are allotted to Smarta and Vaishnava to observe Krishna Janmashtami. This year, Smarta will celebrate the festival on August 18 followed by August 19 devoted to Vaishnava.”

He lists two reasons why separate dates are allotted to observe Janmashtami, as well as several other Hindu festivals. “Both Vaishnava and Smarta cannot observe a festival on the same date as Vaishnavas depend on Smarta for their living since the former does not indulge in materialistic work and mostly relies on charity. Moreover, it’s also to do with the contrasting desires/beliefs the two possess. The Hindu rituals and traditions do not allow them to possibly coincide.”

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Janmashtami is celebrated with much exuberance every year, especially in Mathura, the birthplace of Krishna, and Vrindavan, the place where Krishna spent his childhood. Devotees gather to enact dance dramas based on the life of Krishna. Many even devotional songs and hymns of praise. Some even fast through the day. One of the rituals followed on this day is people coming together and forming a human pyramid, known as Dahi handi.

The origin of the festival is rooted in mythology. According to several stories, Lord Krishna’s uncle, King Kansa, wanted to kill him as the former was told that Krishna would kill him. Thus, as soon as he was born, Krishna’s father Vasudeva took him across the Yamuna to Gokul. Here, he was raised by foster parents Nanda and Yashoda. Janmashtami, therefore, not just marks Krishna’s birth but also his triumph over King Kansa.

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First published on: 16-08-2022 at 05:30:05 pm
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