The article speaks about the significance of Krishna Janmashtami. It is celebrated keeping in mind the birth of Lord Krishna, the eight avatar of Lord Vishnu.
Krishna Janmashtami is the annual celebration of the birth anniversary Hindu deity Lord Krishna. It is called Krishna Janmashtami, Gokul Ashtami, Krishna Jayanti, Ashtami Rohini and many other names in different parts of India. Lord Krishna was the eight avatar of Lord Vishnu.
Lord Krishna was the eighth son of Vasudeva and Devaki. According to legend Lord Krishna lived between 3228 BCE and 3102 BCE. Mathura was the capital of Yadavas to which Lord Krishna’s parents Vasudeva and Devaki belonged. King Kangsha, the brother of Devaki ascended to the throne by imprisoning his father King Ugrasena. He got a prophecy from heaven that the eight son of Devaki and Vasudeva will kill him.
So in fear of death he imprisoned both Vasudeva and Devaki.
Lord Krishna was born on a rainy day and Vasudeva crossed the river Yamuna to reach him to Gokul where Nanda and Yashoda could take care of him. King Kansha tried all his tricks to kill Lord Krishna at young age in Gokul. He failed. Lord Krishna after growing big killed King Kansha and ended the tyrannic and cruel rule of his mama.
The verses in the Bhagavad-Gita (a sacred book narrated by Lord Vishnu) say, that whenever there will be predominance of evil and decline of religion, I will reincarnate to kill the evil and to save the good. The main significance of Janmashtami is to encourage goodwill and to discourage bad will.
In the late 80s and early 90s, eminent filmmaker BR Chopra made Mahabharata in Doordarshan, and as TV serial had remained extremely successful. Nitish Bharatdwaj played the role of Lord Krishna in the serial. All the episode related to the birth of Lord Krishna flabbergasted the audience. His mama’s role was played by Goga Kapoor. The viewers saw the battle between Lord Krishna and Mama Kanghs was very well depicted by BR Chopra.
Nitish Bharadwaj studied Bhagwat Geeta, very well and his performance in the battlefield of Kurukshetra where he persuaded Arjun to fight the battle had remained matchless. The character of Arjun was played by Feroz Khan. The pandavas were heavily dependent on Lord Krishna in their war against the kauravas. Lord Krishna only asked Bhima to hit Duryodhana on his uru, meaning the thigh, which led to his victory. Lord Krishna asked Arjun to throw his arrow at Karna when his chariot got stuck in mud and he tried to release it. The same Lord Krishna, provided cloth to Draupadi, at a time when Duryodhana asked Dushshashan to take away her clothes.
Lord Krishna is worshipped as God by numerous hindus all across the world, and the effort of filmmakers in reaching the epic related to Lord Krishna had always been considered noble and appreciated. Both the film Mahabharata and the serial Mahabharata should be restored.
The notable sloka from Bhagwad Gita mentions Lord Krishna’s views on dharma and karma. "Yada Yada Hi Dharmasya Glanirva Bhavathi Bharatha, Abhyuthanam Adharmaysya Tadatmanam Srijami Aham'. Bhagavad Gita (Chapter IV-7)
It meant the following. "Whenever there is decay of righteousness O! Bharatha And a rise of unrighteousness then I manifest Myself!"
Praritranaya Sadhunam Vinashaya Cha Dushkritam Dharamasansthapnaya Sambhavami Yuge-Yuge." It meant the following. Bhagavat Gita (Chapter IV-8) "For the protection of the good, for the destruction of the wicked and for the establishment of righteousness, I am born in every age."
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