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Sri Jayanti – Birthday Festival of Lord Krishna

Sri Jayanti is the name used to refer the birthday festival and celebrations of Lord Krishna in some regions, especially in North India. Shri Jayanti is popularly known by the name of Sri Krishna Jayanti or Janmashtami. In 2024, Sri Jayanti date is August 27. In North India, Shri Jayanti is observed on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning phase of moon) in Bhadrapad month.

It must be noted that Sri Krishna Jayanti is observed on two different days. This is based on different calculations followed by the various Hindu regional calendars. In some regions, Sri Krishna Jayanti is observed on August 26, 2024.

Sri Jayanti celebrations reach its zenith in Mathura and Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh. Numerous rituals are observed here on the day. Apart from pujas, prayers and fasting, children appear as various characters in the legends associated with Shri Krishna. They present small dramas based on Krishna’s life.

People of the region refer to the massive celebrations on Sri Jayanti as the Mathura – Gokul Mahotsava.