10 August 2012

Festivals of India – Janmashtami


Greetings on Janmashtami


The stamp on Janmashtami issued by Nepal Post

Today is Janmashtami – The birthday of Lord Krisna.This religious festival is celebrated all over India in the month of August/September on the ashtami of Krishna Paksh or the eighth day in the month of Bhadon according to the Hindu calendar with great devotion and zeal. Janmashtami is also known as Gokulashtami, Krishnasthami, Srijayanti.


This verse is from the Bhagawad Gita, where Arjuna was not willing to fight the Epic war of Mahabhaarat and Krishna explains to him to perform his duties.

The Bhagavad Gita  also referred to as Gita, is a 700–verse Hindu scripture that is part of the ancient Sanskrit epic Mahabharata. This scripture contains a conversation between pandava prince Arjuna and his guide Krishna on a variety of philosophical issues. The Janmashtami of Mathura and Vrindavan, the places where Lord Krishna had spent his childhood, are famous all over the world. Devotees from across the world come to these pious places to celebrate Janmasthami. On this auspicious occasion, temples and homes are beautifully decorated and illuminated. Night long prayers are offered and religious hymns are sung in temples.

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Famous temple of Lord Krishna – Jagannath Temple Puri and Jagannatha Yatra - Puri


The temples especially in Vrindavan witness an extravagant and colourful celebration on this occasion. Raslila is performed to recreate incidents from the life of Krishna and to commemorate his love for Radha.


Romance of Lord Krishna – special cover issued during Kashmir Philatelic Exhibition – Kasipex – 79, Jammu

Phagwa Festival

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Guyana Post issued a set of four stamps in 1969 on Lord Krishna playing Holi - “Phagwa Festival “.


Photo : Kenneth Sequeira – Dubai (UAE)

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