Krishna Janmashtami 2020: Date, puja timings, history, significance, and importance

Krishna Janmashtami 2020 Date, Worship Time: Also known as Janmashtami or Gokulashatami, this annual Hindu festival is considered to be the eighth incarnation of Vishnu. It is usually celebrated on the eighth day (Ashtami) of Krishna Paksha in the month of Shravana or Bhadrapada. This year, the Janmashtami celebrations will start on August 11 and it is likely to be celebrated the next day.
Krishna Janmashtami

On auspicious occasions, according to the Bhagavata Purana, people perform dance plays based on midnight devotional songs and the life of Krishna who fasts all day. Among other parts of the country, many important festivals are celebrated in Mathura and Vrindavan.


According to Hindu tradition, Krishna is believed to have been born in Mathura at midnight on the eighth day of the month of Bhadrapada. As soon as he was born, his father Vasudeva Anakundubhi took Krishna to the river Yamuna to save him from his uncle King Kansa and gave him to his foster parents in Gokul, Nanda and Yashoda. Legend has it that the eighth son of Kamsa's sister Devaki prophesied to kill a cruel king. So Kansa imprisoned Devaki and Vasudeva and started killing their sons one by one till Krishna was born.

So, on Janmashtami, the idols of the infant Krishna are washed, dressed and placed in dyas. The devotees then break the fast and distribute food and sweets.

Krishna Puja usually takes place at midnight. There are 16 stages in ritual worship that are part of the Shodashopachara Puja ritual. According to Drikpanchang.com, find out the Janmashtami worship time here:

Janmashtami tithi- August 11 (Ashtami tithi will begin on 09:06 am on August 11 and end at 11:16 am on August 12)

Nishita (midnight) puja time – August 12, 12:21 am to 01:06 am

Dahi handi – August 12



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