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Janmashtami 2020 date – Sri Krishna Janmashtami Date in 2020

Sri Krishna Janmashtami celebrates the birthday of Lord Krishna. Sri Krishna Janmashtami 2020 date based on calendars and panchang in India is given below. It is observed on the eighth day of the Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapad month as per traditional calendar followed in North India. The corresponding months in other region is the Shravan month. In 2020, the date of Janmashtami is August 11 in southern, western and eastern parts of India. In North India, it is on August 12, 2020.

Sri Krishna Janmashtami

Tamil Nadu and Kerala follow solar calendars and the festival is observed annually in Tamil month Aavani and Malayalam Chingam month in Kerala. Once in three years there is a difference in dates in calendars followed in other regions (which is lunar calendar) with the calendars followed in these two states.

Detail 2020 dates of Sri Krishna Janmashtami

  • Maharashtra, Goa, certain communities in Gujarat, Assam, Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and those people that follow Smarta Tradition - August 11
  • North India, Gujarat (Dwaraka Temple), Vaishnava tradition in all regions - Sri Krishna Janmashtami is on August 12. 
  • Dahi Handi  and Gopalkala in Maharashtra is on August 12
  • Vittal Pindi at Udupi Sri Krishna Temple -  August 12
  • Kalo in Goa -  August 12
  • Tamil Nadu it is on September 10 (Janmashtami is in Aavani month)
  • Kerala (Ashtami Rohini ) - September 10 (Here Janmashtami takes place on Rohini Nakshatra in Chingam month.)
The Sri Krishna Janmashtami is observed on different days in different parts of India in some years and this is due to the differences in regional calendars and also due to the various calculations in the time of the birth of Krishna.

The Smarta Tradition observes the festival on August 11 and the Vaishnava Tradition on August 12.

In Maharashtra, Janmashtami is famous for the Dahi Handi and the next day is observed as Gopalkala.

Special pujas are held in Sri Krishna Temples around the world. Special poojas and rituals are also held at midnight – the time of Krishna’s birth. Processions with tabloids depicting various episodes from the life of Shri Krishna enacted by children are a major highlight of the festival.

Staunch Krishna devotees fast on the day and it is a 24-hour fast.

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