Krishnashtami / Janmashtami is celebrated nationwide celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna is probably the most loved of all the Hindu deities . I used the word “love” here instead of “worship”, as people really love him, adore him along with worshipping him.
Krishna is believed to be one of the re-incarnations of Lord Vishnu – one of the supreme powers to create the Universe. Epics say that Lord Vishnu re-incarnates in every Yuga, to save the mankind and to destroy evil.
Krishna in Sanskrit means “dark blue or black”. He is said to have a dark complexion almost the color of dark blue. In the time when caste system was dominant, Krishna belonged to the “Yadava” community (though a Kshatriya by birth). The epics probably wanted to convey that God doesn’t differentiate people on the basis of caste or community.
Yadavas basically herd cows and sell milk and milk products. He is this extremely naughty kid, stealing milk and cream from neighbours in his childhood. As he grew-up as a teen, he is said to be teasing the ladies and charming them with his magnificent skill in playing the flute. He is known to be a passionate lover, always surrounded by hundreds of Gopikas (women of Gopa community). But then at the same time, he saved Druapadi when she was stripped of her clothing by the Kaurava kings in return to a bet placed by her husbands who lost in a game of dice.
He is the main reason for the famous Mahabharat Battle at Kurukshetra. He was smart at playing politics to make sure his supportees, the Pandavas win the battle (or to say, the good wins the battle over evil). He being the supreme power, restrained from participating in the battle and inturn served as the charioteer of Arjuna’s chariot during the Battle.
The words of wisdom he spoke to Arjuna before the battle, enlightening him to the path to devotion and the doctrine of selfless action has come to be the Holy Book of Hindus – The Bhagavad Gita. There are numerous tales of the deeds of Krishna, like he once lifted a mountain to save the cattle and the people of Mathura from heavy rains. How he killed “Kamsa” his evil uncle. How he destroyed the poisonous serpent (Kalinda).
Krishnashtami is the celebration of the birth of this God who helped in the victory of good over evil. A write-up about Krishna would never be complete without the mention of Radha, his eternal love. Though Krishna is married to hundreds of wives, you can only see him worshipped with “Radha” in all the temples, such is their love.
There are numerous songs sung in the name of Krishna. Here are few of my favorites. Enjoy them on the occasion of his birthday 🙂
a hindi song depicting the entire life of Krishna :
telugu songs worshipping the Lord:
beautiful tamil song about the ten re-incarnations (avatars) of Lord Vishnu:
Prayer to Lord to come back and save the world: