“Yada yada hi dharmasya glaanirbhavati bhaarata, Abhyutthaanam adharmasya tadaatmaanam srijaamyaham”
(Whenever faith is under attack in this world, I will re-appear to protect those who are devoted to me and to re-establish faith and order.)
Janmashtami is celebrated as the day on which the preacher of the highest philosophy, the Vedanta was incarnated onto this earth. The message of the four paths to liberation as spoken by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita is perhaps the greatest spiritual gift of Janmashtami to the Hindu thought process. It is believed that the devotees who fast on this auspicious day get all their desires fulfilled.
Lord Krishna was born to Vasudeva and Devaki who were thrown in the jail by Devaki’s brother Kansa. It was predicted by some soothsayers that Kansa was supposed to die at the hands of Devaki’s eighth child. On the day Krishna was born, due to divine intervention, all the guards fell asleep and the dungeon door flew open. Vasudeva took the baby in an open basket and carried it on his head to his friend Nand at Gokul. As it was midnight and raining heavily the five-headed Naga Devta (Snake king) shielded the baby with his hood and followed Vasudeva. River Yamuna also helped Vasudeva to cross the river easily by baring the riverbed for him to safely walk across.
Hence Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated across the country with great joy, pomp and and enthsiasm.