Ashtami Rohini


Ashtami Rohini is the celebration of birthday of Lord Shri Krishna. Krishna Janmashtami or Gokulashtami is celebrated as Ashtami Rohini in Kerala. Ashtami tithi and Rohini nakshatra that falls in the Malayalam month of Chingam is celebrated as Ashtami Rohini. Gokulashtami is celebrated with great splendour and enthusiasm all over India and many other countries. Whole of India witnesses majestic grandeur in a joyful and exuberant way on this day. Lord Krishna is venerated in all the Vishnu and Krishna temples from midnight till his birth time since Lord Krishna was born on a dark, blustery, and stormy night.

Ashtami Rohini 2023

Wed , 6th Sep 2023

Lord Krishna- A playful blue magic

Lord Krishna was born in a royal family to King Vasudeva and Devaki in Mathura. He was born in the middle of the night, and He was moved to his foster parents the same night because of His uncle, King Kansa (Kamsa) who was threat to His life. Immediately after the birth at Mathura, his father Vasudeva took baby Krishna across the river Yamuna, to His foster parents Nanda and Yashoda in Gokula. The night Krishna was born, there was a downpour and storms which could have made the movement difficult, but nothing hindered the Lord. It is said in puranas that the river split in two, paving way for Vasudeva who was carrying baby Krishna on his head and Adisesha guarded the baby from the rain. Right from His birth, Lord Krishna was an epitome of miracles and magic. He was raised with great love and devotion in Gokula. He was in Gokul until his teenage, after which He met with His Guru Sandipani and began walking the path of His purpose and role in Mahabharatha

Rituals

The day of Janmashtami is close to the heart of every Krishna Devotee. The pooja preparations begin around afternoon and peaks around mid-night, the Lord’s birth time. Devotees observe fast all day and break their fast the next day after sunrise. People decorate the house entrance and pooja room with kolam – a geometrical pattern drawn using rice batter in South India and colordful Rangolis in the North. Then, baby footprints of Krishna are drawn from the threshold of the house until the pooja altar depicting the arrival of Lord Krishna into the home. The idol of Lord Krishna is set in middle of the pooja altar, decorated with jewellery and flowers. Every household prepares savouries as Neivedhya for the baby Krishna that they offer during pooja along with butter milk and other dairy products. During the pooja, family gather and sing slokas and bhajans in praise of Lord Krishna, there are numerous hymns in every local language on Lord Krishna. Also, recitation of Bhagavad Gita is a popular practice. After the pooja, offerings and Aarti is performed.

 Important events on Ashtami Rohini in Kerala,

Panchavadyam - Panchavadyam means Pancha-five, Vadhyam- instruments. Traditional music is orchestrated with the five customary instruments- Idakka, Kombu, Maddalam, Thilmila and Ilathalam. This form of musical event is unique to the state of Kerala.

Para Ezhunnallippu - Urchavar of the Vishnu temple is taken on a procession on elephants with priests chanting Vahana mantra

Dasavathara Darshanam - 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu- Dashavatar is celebrated during this event. Lord Mahavishnu is decorated in each avatar every day for 10 days.

Viswaroopa Darshanam - after Dashavatar, the eleventh day is celebrated as Viswaroopa Darshanam. Huge crowd gathers at Thrippunithura to witness Procession of Viswaroopa Darshanam. 

Various Cultural Programs like music, dance and competitions are performed on each day of Dasavathara Darshanam. 

Ashtami Rohini festival dates between 2019 & 2029

Year

Date

2019

Friday, 23rd of August

2020

Thursday, 10th of September

2021

Monday, 30th of August

2022

Thursday, 18th of August

2023

Wednesday, 6th of September

2024

Monday, 26th of August

2025

Sunday, 14th of September

2026

Friday, 4th of September

2027

Tuesday, 24th of August

2028

Monday, 11th of September

2029

Friday, 31st of August