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Gokulashtami Information - Importance and Date in 2024

Gokulashtami celebrates the birthday of Lord Krishna, incarnation of Lord Vishnu and one of the most widely worshipped gods in Hinduism. Gokulashtami 2024 date is August 26 in West, East and Southern parts of India. In North India it is on August 27. The festival is also known as Sri Krishna Jayanti. The Gokulashtami festival is observed on two different days in different parts of India and this is due to the different calculations in the time of the birth of Krishna in various regional calendars.

In Kerala and Tamil Nadu, Gokula Ashtami date is August 26.

In North India, Gokulashtami is observed on the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) in the month of Bhadrapada (August – September). In South India and western parts of India, the festival is observed on the eighth day after full moon in the month of Shravan (August – September).

Gokulashtami is observed as Dahi Handi and Gopalkala in Maharashtra, noted for the formation of the huge human pyramids to break the pot hung high up.

Shri Krishna is today one of the most widely revered and most popular of all Hindu Gods. He is worshipped as the eighth incarnation or avatar of Lord Vishnu. Krishna is also worshipped as a supreme god in his own right by numerous sects around the world.

Special pujas are held in Sri Krishna Temples spread around the world and millions of people visit Lord Krishna shrines. Special poojas and rituals are held at midnight the time of Krishna’s birth. Processions with tabloids exhibiting various episodes from the life of Lord Krishna is held in major cities, towns and villages in India.

Staunch Krishna devotees fast on the Gokulashtami. It is a 24-hour fast.

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