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Janmashtami 2017 date – Sri Krishna Janmashtami Date in 2017 - Birthday of Lord Krishna

Sri Krishna Janmashtami celebrates the birthday of Lord Krishna. Sri Krishna Janmashtami 2017 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 2017, the date of Janmashtami is August 14 in southern, western and eastern parts of India. In North India, it is on August 15, 2017.

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 2016 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 14
  • North India, Gujarat (Dwaraka Temple), Vaishnava tradition in all regions - Sri Krishna Janmashtami is on August 15. (vrat or fasting in North India is on August 14).
  • Dahi Handi  and Gopalakala in Maharashtra is on August 15
  • Vittal Pindi at Udupi Sri Krishna Temple -  August 14
  • Kalo in Goa -  August 15
  • Tamil Nadu it is on  September 12, 2017 (Janmashtami is in Aavani month)
  • Kerala (Ashtami Rohini ) -  September 12, 2017 (Here Janmashtami takes place on Rohini Nakshatram 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 14 and the Vaishnava Tradition on August 15.

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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