Janmashtami special: When to keep fast, Shubh Muhurat

New Delhi: There is a lot of confusion regarding the fasting day and celebration of Janmashtami. Some are keeping the fast on Monday while some are keeping it on Tuesday. According to experts the devotees who are into household should fast on Monday while seers and saints who have renounced worldly lifestyle should fast on Tuesday.

According to the Hindu Luni-Solar Calendar, Krishna Janmashtami takes place on Ashtami, the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) that falls in the Bhadrapada month. Bhadrapada is the overlapping time between August and September of the Gregorian calendar. This year Janmashtami will be taking place on August 14, 2017 (Monday) marking Lord Krishna’s 5244 birth anniversary. He was born at midnight to Devaki and Vasudeva in jail, (his evil uncle, Kamsa had kept them as prisoners). Vasudeva later carried baby Krishna to his foster parents, Nandbaba and Mata Yashodha. The devotees have to keep the fast (vrat) on August 14 until the midnight, marking the birth of Lord Krishna. His birthday celebrations are carried on a large scale the following day with a sporting event called Dahi Handi. The Dahi Handi will be celebrated on August 14, Tuesday. Dahi Handi celebration is also known as Gopalakala in Maharashtra. The fun-filled atmosphere with energetic songs and dance performances reflect the true spirit of Janmashtami. Krishna Janmashtami Puja Muhurat Timings According to Smarta Sampradaya, Krishna Janmashtami will be celebrated on August 14 while Vaishnava Krishna Janmashtami falls on August 15, 2017. The devotees take a vow to observe the day long fast and break it only the next day which will include the puja vidhi of birth of Lord Krishan at 12.00 am. The vrat observers should do Parana (breaking the fast) only when both Rohini Nakshatra and Ashtami Tithi are over. According to the Drik Panchang, Nishita Puja Time = 24:03+ to 24:47+ with duration of 43 Mins. The Mid Night Moment = 24:25+. The most auspicious muhurat time to perform Krishna Puja is during Nishita Kala which is the midnight as per Vedic time-keeping. The Parana time will be on 15th August after 17:39. On Parana Day Ashtami Tithi End Time is 17:39 as Janmashtami without Rohini Nakshatra. News24Bureau