Madhav Dave - NHSF (UK) Learning Team
Krsna Janmashtami or Gokulastami is the Jayanti or appearance day of Lord Shri Krsna, the eighth of avatara of Lord Visnu. Observed on the eighth day (Astami) of the dark half of the month of Shravan, this festival is widely celebrated across India since Shri Krsna is one of the most well recognised and worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon of Gods. Under the constellation of Rohini, the Lord incarnated to fulfil His purpose as described in the Bhagavad Gita 4.7/8:
yada yada hi dharmasya
glanir bhavati bharata (7)
sambhavami yuge yuge (8)
Meaning: “whenever there is a decline in Dharma and evil predominates, I incarnate to vanquish evil and re-establish dharma”.