The 5249th birthday celebrations of God Krishna fall this year on Friday, August 19. The Darshan at Sri Sri Krsna Balaram, ISKCON Vedic Farm at Bon Accueil will begin from 04:20 am and will last till the wee hours of Saturday morning. The Metro Express has decided to keep the Port Louis to Phoenix line open until 00:30.
Prayers have already begun on Thursday evening, August 18. On Friday, the Darshan programme has been worked out over a full day starting from 04.30 am to 05.00 am, 07.45 am to 09.30 pm. The Bon Accueil centre will remain available to devotees throughout the day until the final slot from midnight to 12.45 pm on Saturday. Sri Sri Krsna Balaram, ISKCON Vedic Farm at Bon Accueil requests the devotees to respect the arrangements made during the peak hours, namely 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, for the smooth conduct of the Darshan and relies on the good organization of all.
Janmashtami marks the birth of Krishna. It falls in the month of August or September symbolizing Krishna Paksha as the month of Shravan or Bhadrapad. The Krishna puja takes place at midnight and includes the 16 stages of the Sodashopachara Vidhi puja, which is also considered the most powerful incarnation of Vishnu.
This year will mark the 5249th anniversary and will be celebrated in India and Mauritius as all over the world. It is a special celebration where believers go to the temple dedicated to God Krishna, observe fasting, sing hymns, wear clean clothes after an early bath, pray facing East or North. Families gather for a feast and to complete their celebration, there is the breaking of the Dahi Handi.
Matinal Media wishes all a wonderful Janmashtami 2022 to all devotees of God Krishna!