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By Louise Tellamteacher and freelance writer

Find out about the Hindu festival of Janamashtami which celebrates the birth of the Hindu deity Krishna


Festival facts: Janamashtami

What is Janamashtami

Janamashtami, also known as Krishnanashtami or Krishna Jayanti, is the celebration of the birth of the Hindu deity Krishna. He is revered as the eighth incarnation (avatar) of the God Vishnu, who is second of the Supreme Trinity. On the eighth day of the month, Bhadrapad believers prepare themselves, then gather at the temple (mandir) to celebrate. At midnight, when Krishna is believed to have been born, fasting ends and festivities begin. The celebration continues into the next day with joyful worship and feasting. There are many dramatic and romantic stories about Krishna, making him a very popular deity. Janamashtami is thus a vital celebration for many Hindus.

Why is Janamashtami celebrated?

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