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Happy Janamashtami 2020: Shri Krishna's 5,247th Birth Anniversary | Read Bhagavad Gita Quotes
Krishna Janamashtami 2020: This Year Krishna Janmashtami falls on Wednesday, 11th and 12th August 2020.
Happy Krishna Janmashtami: Ashtami Tithi will begin at 09:06 AM on 11th August 2020
New Delhi: The divinity of Shri Krishna turns 5247 years old on Krishna Janmashtami. This Year Krishna Janmashtami falls on Wednesday, 11th, and 12th August 2020. Janmashtami is the birth date of Lord Krishna. It’s an optional gazetted holiday and one of the biggest religious festivals in India. Hindus celebrate Janmashtami by fasting, singing, praying together, preparing and sharing food, and visiting Krishna and Vishnu temples.
Who is Lord Krishna!
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna was born to Devaki and Vasudev in a prison in Mathura in the month of Bhadrapada, on the eight days of the dark fortnight. To save the baby from getting killed by his maternal uncle Kansa, Vasudev’s hands magically got unchained. He put his child in a basket and when he proceeded towards the gates of the dungeon, they opened on their own and the guards fell asleep. When Vasudev struggled to cross the river Yamuna, a 10 headed snake, named Vasuki appeared to protect the child from heavy rains, making Vasudev realize that his child was a divine being. On reaching Nand’s house, Vasudev exchanged the children and returned to prison. When Kansa tried to kill the child, she took the form of Goddess Durga and told him that the 8th child that was born from Devki will fulfill his prophecy by killing him. According to Hindu mythology, Krishna was the 8th incarnation of Vishnu and appears in different colors in every stage of his earthly life.
Lord Krishna is a Hindu deity and the God of Love, Compassion, and Tenderness. He is portrayed as Natkhat (prankster), a gentle lover, and a child-like God. Lord Krishna is most widely revered and most popular of all Indian deities and his birth anniversary is celebrated like a festival in all parts of India, especially Mathura, Gokul and Vrindavan as ‘Krishna Janmashtami’ or ‘Gokul Ashtami’.
Bhagavad Gita Quotes:
Bhagavad Gita was told by Lord Krishna to Arjuna as advice of what’s right and wrong when Arjuna was hesitant to go to war against his own cousins, the Kauravas. The events that led to this war are described in the Mahabharata, a 200 thousand verses long epic by sage Vyasa. Bhagavad Gita is a 700 verse epic divided into 18 chapters.
देहिनोऽस्मिन्यथा देहे कौमारं यौवनं जरा।
तथा देहान्तरप्राप्तिर्धीरस्तत्र न मुह्यति॥ २-१३
Just as the boyhood, youth, and old age come to the embodied Soul in this body, in the same manner, is the attaining of another body; the wise man is not deluded at that.
य एनं वेत्ति हन्तारं यश्चैनं मन्यते हतम्।
उभौ तौ न विजानीतो नायं हन्ति न हन्यते॥ २-१९
He who thinks that the soul kills, and he who thinks of it as killed, are both ignorant. The soul kills not, nor is it killed.
न जायते म्रियते वा कदाचिन्
नायं भूत्वा भविता वा न भूयः।
अजो नित्यः शाश्वतोऽयं पुराणो
न हन्यते हन्यमाने शरीरे॥ २-२०
The soul is never born, it never dies having come into being once, it never ceases to be.
Unborn, eternal, abiding, and primeval, it is not slain when the body is slain.
वासांसि जीर्णानि यथा विहाय
नवानि गृह्णाति नरोऽपराणि।
तथा शरीराणि विहाय जीर्णा-
न्यन्यानि संयाति नवानि देही॥ २-२२
As a man casts off worn-out garments and puts on others that are new,
so does the soul cast off its worn-out bodies and enter into others that are new.