Sunday, August 24, 2008

Happy Janmashtami

Janmashtami is celebrated to welcome and enjoy Lord Krishna's birth.

According to some scholars, Krishna was born on Wednesday,the eighth day of second fortnight in Sravana month in the year of Visvavasu around 3227 BC, also known as Dwapur Yug. July 19th 3228 BC, according to the Gregorian calendar.

Lord Krishna was born in a prison cell in the captivity of King Kansa. Soon after the birth, a chain of events astonished father Vasudev, when he saw the gates of the cell flow open and all the guards fast asleep. He immediately thought of Nand ,his close friend in Gokul and decided to handover his child to him in order to save him from the clutch of Kansa.

Father Vasudev taking Krishna to Gokul on the stormy night through a flooded Jamuna, while the great snake Sheshnag shades the child from the pouring rain.

With foster mother Yashoda

Sucking the lifeblood out of demoness Putna who was trying to poison him with her poison-laced breastmilk

Foster mother Yashoda sees the universe in the mouth of the child

Stealing butter stealthily from foster mother Yashoda's kitchen

With (foster) brother Balram and other shepherd kids

With (foster) brother Balram

Taming the evil serpent Kalia

With (foster) brother Balram, beating the demon league of Dhenukasura, after Balram has killed the demon king himself

Picking up the Mt Govardhan with his little finger to save the villagers and crush the pride of the rain-God Indra

Playing the flute for a devotee

Viraat roop (divine form), to explain to Arjuna the divinity of the soul during Geeta

Sounding the battle conch, with Arjuna

As Arjuna's driver in the war

Battle-raged Krishna going for Bhishma, with Arjuna pleading him to stop (Krishna had pledged not to fire a weapon in the war)

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