The birth of Lord Krishna, Janmashtami, is celebrated with much fervour every year in India. However, this year, owing to the coronavirus pandemic, strict guidelines are being followed by the temples.
It’s an auspicious occasion for Lord Krishna’s devotees all over the world as it’s Janmashtami or Gokulashatami today. Shri Krishna is believed to be the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu who was born on Earth to restore peace and Dharma in the Dwapar Yuga. Janmashtami is usually observed on the eighth day or Ashtami of the Krishna Paksha in the month of Shravan or Bhadrapad.
This year, Janmashtami celebrations began on August 11 and will be celebrated until today (August 12). As per the Hindu tradition, Krishna is believed to have been born in Mathura at midnight. So, Krishna puja is usually conducted at midnight.
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we celebrate major festivals. Shri Krishna Janmashtami celebrations usually witness lakhs of devotees visiting various temples to offer prayers and seek blessing. However, this year, temples and devotees are following strict social distancing guidelines and no gatherings will take place. Most people virtually joined the celebrations as the ISKCON temple in Vrindavan live telecasted the puja rituals.