The Hindus belonging to Vaishnav Samaj have decided to observe Shri Krishna Janmashtami on August 28.“The day happens to be Wednesday.After 3.30 P.M,Rohni Nakshatra starts heralding the Aatham, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini, Srikrishna Jayanti,Sree Jayanti”,said Purohit Ravi Shashtri.

Janmashtami,an annual commemoration of the birth of the Hindu deity Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu,is celebrated on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the month of Bhadrapada (August–September).

However, in both traditions it is the same day. So, we have works like Vishnudharmottara Purana saying Krishna Ashtami is in the Bhadrapada month and Skanda Purana stating that it falls in the month of Shravana.

While the Raslila re-creates the flirtatious aspects of Krishna’s youthful days, the Dahi Handi celebrates God’s playful and mischievous side, where teams of young men form human towers to reach a high hanging pot of butter and break it. This tradition, also known as uriadi, is a major event in Tamil Nadu on Gokulashtami.

Since last year,Dahi Handi was held at Albert Ekka Chowk in Ranchi. “We are going to celebrate it with much fun and frolic”,said former Jharkhand Assembly Speaker CP Singh,who is credited to have started this celebration in Ranchi.


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