Balaram Jayanti celebrates the appearance day of Lord Balaram, the elder brother of Lord Krishna. In 2016, the date of Balaram Jayanti is August 18 in many regions of India. In North India, it is observed on August 23 - Baldev Chat. In some regions it is observed on the Akshaya Tritiya day that is on May 9, 2016. Balarama Jayanthi is observed on the Shravan Purnima (August) day in many regions in
. In some regions it is observed in Vaishakh month (April or May). India
Lord Balaram was born as the seventh son of Devaki and Vasudeva. As Kamsa was killing all the children of his sister Devaki, an unborn Balaram was transferred to the womb of Rohini, another wife of Vasudeva. Balaram was thus born as the son of Rohini.
The popular belief is Lord Balram is an incarnation of Ananta – the snake on which Lord Krishna sleeps.
Special prayers are offered on this day in Lord Krishna temples. Lord Balaram symbolizes strength and devotees pray for physical strength and a healthy life.
In Orissa, Balaram Jayanti is observed as Gamha Purnima.