Krishna Janmashtami also known as Krishnashtami. In Utter Pradesh it is also called Ashtami.
Janmashtami, is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Krishna. He is considered as an avatar of the god Vishnu. Lord Krishna was born in Mathura. Gokul and Vrindavan was his play ground.
Krishna Janmashtami is observed on the Ashtami tithi, the eighth day of the dark half or Krishna Paksha of the month of Shraavana in the Hindu calendar in 2011 on 22 August in North India.
Rasa leela रासलीला , are a special feature in regions of Mathura and Vrindavan, and regions following Vaishnavism in Manipur. Rasa lila is a stage program of Krishna’s youthful days. To reach a high-hanging pot of butter and break it is a tradition. It is a major event in Tamil Nadu on Gokulashtami.
Janmaashtami, popularly known in Mumbai and Pune as Dahi Handi. It is celebrated with enormous zeal and enthusiasm. Handis are set up around the city, and groups of youngsters, called Govinda Pathaks, travel around in trucks trying to break as many handis as possible during the day. In Gujarat where the city Dwarka has Dwarkadhish temple celebrates it with pomp and joy.
In the eastern state of Orissa, around Puri and West Bengal in Nabadwip, people celebrate it with fasting and doing puja at midnight. Purana Pravachana from Bhagavata Purana are done from the 10th Skandha which deals with pastimes of Lord Krishna. The next day is called Nanda Utsav or the joyous celebration of Nanda Maharaj and Yashoda Maharaani. On that day people break their fast and offer various cooked sweets during the early hour.
Krishnashtami brings much joy and feeling of unity. It considered to be a worship of Lord Krishna. Sri Krishna laid down advices and sermons in Gita. Every word uttered in this book always gave inspiration to fight against the injustice.