Janmashtami 2020 :
Krishna Janmashtami is just around the corner and it is one of the most celebrated Hindu festivals. The date varies every year according to Hindu Panchang. This year, Krishna Janmashtami 2020 will be observed on Tuesday, 11 August. Krishna Janmashtami also called as Gokulashtami, Shrikrishna Jayanti or just Janmashtami, is observed as the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. As per the Hindu calendar, this year, 5247th Birth Anniversary of Lord Krishna will be celebrated.
Lord Krishna was born on the eighth (ashtami) day of the dark fortnight in the Bhadrapada month (August–September) in Mathura, ruled by the evil King Kansa, whose sister, Princess Devaki was Krishna’s birth mother. Devaki and Vasudeva were married with a lot of fanfare, however, a prophecy said that the couple’s eighth son would cause Kansa’s downfall.
As expected, all hell broke loose when Kansa heard of this and imprisoned Devaki and Vasudeva instantly. The evil king got their first six children killed, but at the time of the birth of the seventh child, Balram, the foetus is said to have been mystically transferred from Devaki’s womb to Princess Rohini’s. When the couple’s eighth child, baby Krishna, was born, Vasudeva managed to rescue the baby and gave him to Nand Baba and Yashodha in Vrindavan.