Lord Krishna- 8th avatar of Lord Vishnu, was born in 3112 BCE. We are now in 2017 CE. The difference between 3112 BCE and 2017 CE is 5129 years. So, this year we are celebrating the 5129th birthday of Lord Krishna!
(How? With the help of the auspicious star formation data passed on from generations through Puranas, ancient Hindu texts and advanced planetary birth chart mapping softwares, one can predict the date Lord Krishna was born in Mathura prison. The date of His birth according to the Gregorian calendar works out to be 27th of July, 3112 BCE.)
Bhoodevi or Mother Earth was aghast with the burden of sins committed by evil kings and rulers. She prayed to Lord Brahma (The Creator) for help. Brahma prayed to the Supreme Lord Vishnu, who assured him that he would soon be born on earth to annihilate tyrannical forces.
Kamsa, the King of Mathura (North India) was extremely ruthless and an evil force. His subjects were inexplicably terrified of him. When Kamsa’s sister Devki was married off to Vasudeva, an akashvani or voice from the sky was heard prophesying that Devaki’s 8th son would be the destroyer of Kamsa!
Kamsa immediately drew his sword to kill Devki but Vasudeva intervened and pleaded Kamsa to spare his bride. Vasudeva assured that he would hand over every new born of his to Kamsa. Kamsa ordered both Devaki and Vasudeva to be imprisoned immediately.
When Devaki gave birth to her first child, Kamsa came to the prison cell and slaughtered the newborn. This continued till he killed the first six sons of Devaki. Meanwhile, people of Mathura were fervently praying to the Gods to spare them from Kamsa’s tyranny.
Even before her 8th child was born, Devaki and Vasudeva started lamenting its fate and theirs. Lo! Lord Vishnu appeared before them and said He would come soon and rescue the couple and all of Mathura! He instructed Vasudeva to carry Him to the cowherd chief Nanda in Gokul right after his birth. Here, Nanda’s wife Yashoda had given birth to a daughter who was to be exchanged with baby Krishna.
Vishnu assured them that “nothing shall bar your path”.
At midnight on 8th day of lunar month Shravan i.e. on Ashtami, the divine baby was born in Kamsa’s prison.
Remembering the instructions of Lord Vishnu, Vasudeva held the child tightly to his bosom and started for Gokula, but found that his legs were in chains. He jerked his legs and was unfettered! The massive iron-barred doors unlocked and opened up, miraculously.
While crossing river Yamuna, Vasudeva held his baby high over his head. The rain fell in torrents and the river was in spate. But the water made way for Vasudeva and surprisingly a five-mouthed snake (Anant Shesh Nag) followed him from behind and provided shelter over the baby.
When Vasudeva reached Gokul, he found the door of Nanda’s house open. He exchanged the babies and hurried back to the prison of Kamsa with the baby girl. Early in the morning, all the people at Gokul rejoiced the birth of Nanda’s beautiful male child. Vasudeva came back to Mathura and as he entered, the doors of the prison closed themselves.
When Kamsa came to know about the birth, he rushed inside the prison and tried to kill the baby. But this time it skipped from his hand and reached the skies. The child transformed into the Goddess Yogamaya, who told Kamsa: “O foolish! What will you get by killing me? Your nemesis is already born somewhere else. Your end is inevitable.” Saying so, she vanished.
In his youth Krishna killed Kamsa along with all his cruel associates, liberated His parents from prison, and reinstated Ugrasen as the King of Mathura.
The essence of Sri Krishna Avatar is beautifully explained in this Sloka from Bhagavad Gita (Chapter IV-7,8)
“Yada Yada Hi Dharmasya,
Glanirva Bhavathi Bharatha,
Tadatmanam Srijami Aham’.
Vinashaya Cha Dushkritam,
“Whenever there is a decline in righteousness O! Bharatha, and a rise in the unrighteous, I manifest Myself! For the protection of the good, for the destruction of the wicked and for the establishment of righteousness, I am born in every age.”
Learnings from Krishna Janmashtami
Krishna Janmashtami each year, since thousands of years has been reminding us to celebrate the historical, the divine and the adorable Lord Sri Krishna along with the timeless and invaluable knowledge He gave us through his life and the divine Bhagavad Gita.
Lord Sri Krishna was inexplicably attractive and enthralling. There are countless fascinating stories to direct that the Divine is attractive. This is so that the little attractions that the mind longs for are freed and that is why he is called Man Mohana. The Taste of love hooks you on to the infinity, to the Divinity and intoxicates you. The power of the cosmos with the knowledge brings not only stability but also infinite bliss in life.
Krishna always stands with absolutely unflinching perfect balance – with one foot firmly on the ground, the other foot crossed over,seemingly touching the ground, but in reality it doesn’t. Life is all about balance. Through various stages of His life Lord Sri Krishna shows all His devotees how to balance materialism and spirituality. He ruled the country, advised as minister and gave the highest form knowledge to Arjuna and Uddhava. Hence the most authentic way of celebrating Janamashtami is knowing that you have to play a dual role — of being a responsible human being on the planet and at the same time to realize that you are above all events, the untouched Brahman. This could perhaps be the secret of Krishna’s forever lovely, divine and the all knowledgeable smile, even though his life was fraught with troubles since His birth!
Imbibing a bit of avadhoot and a bit of activity in your life is the real significance of celebrating Janamashtami.
On the auspicious occasion of Sri Krishna Janamashtami, let us imbibe all His values in our lives and make ours as well as others’ lives better.
The Story of Lord Krishna’s Birth – Janmashtami – Hindu Mythology Story