when is janmashtami in 2024 date, time, history and significance

Janmashtami is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna. According to the Hindu calendar, it is observed on the Ashtami Tith of Krishna Paksha. This is an important festival in Hinduism. Krishna Janmashtami has great significance in Mathura and Vrindavan. It is said that Lord Krishna was born in Mathura and spent his childhood in both Mathura and Vrindavan. Devotees also perform fast on this auspicious day.


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Festival Janmashtami 2024
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Also known as Krishna Janmashtami 2024, Gokulashtami 2024, SaatamAatham 2024, Srikrishna Jayanti 2024, Yadukulashtami 2024
Category Hindu festival
Janmashtami 2024 Date 07 September 2024
Day Thursday

When is Janmashtami in 2024: Date

Krishna Janmashtami will be observed on Wed, Sep 6, 2024 – Thu, Sep 7, 2024

Krishna Devotees take the pledge to observe a day-long fast and to break it on the next day. Some have a single meal a day on the day on Janmashtami and some only fruit the whole day.

Panchang •Janmashtami Thursday, Sep 7, 2024

Panchang 7/09/23, Thursday for Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India. This page shows Tithi, Nakshatra, good and bad timings etc on Sep 6, 2024 – Thu, Sep 7, 2024.

Vikram Samvat – 2079, Rakshasa
Shaka Samvat – 1944, Shubhakrit
Purnimanta – Bhadrapada
Amanta Month – Sravana


Krishna Paksha Saptami   Aug 17 08:24 PM – Aug 18 09:21 PM
Krishna Paksha Ashtami   Aug 18 09:21 PM – Aug 19 10:59 PM


Bharani Aug 17 09:57 PM – Aug 18 11:35 PM
Krithika Aug 18 11:35 PM – Aug 20 01:53 AM


Vishti – Aug 17 08:25 PM – Aug 18 08:47 AM
Bava – Aug 18 08:47 AM – Aug 18 09:21 PM
Balava – Aug 18 09:21 PM – Aug 19 10:06 AM


  1. Vridhi – Aug 17 08:56 PM – Aug 18 08:41 PM
  2. Dhruva – Aug 18 08:41 PM – Aug 19 08:59 PM


  1. Guruwar (Thursday)

Sun & Moon Timing

Sunrise 6:08 AM
Sunset 6:53 PM
Moonrise Aug 18 11:19 PM
Moonset Aug 19 12:53 PM

Inauspicious Period

Rahu – 2:06 PM – 3:42 PM
Yamaganda – 6:07 AM – 7:43 AM
Gulika – 9:19 AM – 10:54 AM
Dur Muhurat – 10:23 AM – 11:14 AM, 03:29 PM – 04:20 PM
Varjyam – 12:44 PM – 02:29 PM

Auspicious Period

Abhijit Muhurat – 12:05 PM – 12:56 PM
Amrit Kaal – 06:28 PM – 08:10 PM
Brahma Muhurat – 04:31 AM – 05:19 AM

Anandadi Yoga

Padma Upto – 11:35 PM

Soorya Rasi

Sun in Simha (Leo)

Chandra Rasi

Moon travels through Mesha rashi upto August 19, 06:06 AM before entering Vrishabha rashi

Lunar Month

Amanta – Sravana
Purnimanta – Bhadrapada
Saka Year (National Calendar) – Sravana 27, 1944
Vedic Ritu – Varsha (Monsoon)
Drik Ritu – Varsha (Monsoon)


Uttara Phalguni Last 3 padam, Hasta , Chitra First 2 padam

Janmashtami 2024 Vrat and Puja Vidhi

Krishna Janmashtami 2024 is considered very auspicious festival and people keep a day long fast to celebrate this day. Normally, the fast is kept one day before the birth of Krishna and after celebrating his birth, people break their fast. The pooja begins after midnight with idol of Krishna bathed, cleaned and placed into cradle after clothing it with new clothes made especially for Krishna. He is worshiped by singing devotional songs and praying and fruits, sweets and other food items are offered to Lord Krishna as prasad. People then intake these food items and break their fast. Apart from celebrations at home, the celebrations and Janmashtami puja are also carried at temples with many devotees participating in it.\

Janmashtami Puja Samagri

  • Cucumber
  • Honey,
  • One Chowki
  • Panchamrit
  • Singhasan
  • Lampwick
  • Gokulashtami
  • Sandalwood
  • Butter
  • Bhog Samagri
  • Tulsi Leaf
  • Mishri
  • Rice
  • Dhoop
  • Desi Ghee
  • Gangajal
  • Idol of Child Krishna
  • Yellow Clean Cloth
  • Milk
  • Curd
  • Lord Krishna’s nappy for the child,
  • new clothes for the child,
  • new toys, etc.

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Important Timings On Krishna Janmashtami

Sunrise September 06, 2024 6:14 AM
Sunset August 18, 2024 6:53 PM
Nishita Kaal Begins 11:57 PM to 12:42 AM
Nishita Kaal Ends August 19, 2024 12:53 AM
Ashtami Tithi Begins September 6, 2024 3:37 PM
Ashtami Tithi Ends September 7, 2024 4:14 PM
Rohini Nakshatra Begins September 06, 2024 9:20 AM
Rohini Nakshatra Ends September 07, 2024 10:25 AM
Parana Time September 07, 2024 6:14 AM

When is Janmashtami in 2024: Time

Ashtami Tithi begins at 09:20 pm on September 6, 2024 3:37 PM

Ashtami Tithi ends at 10:59 pm on August 19, 2024.

Janmashtami 2023, 2023 and 2024

Janmashtami is a traditional Hindu holiday that celebrates the first earthly appearance, or the birth, of the god Krishna.

Year Date Day Holiday States
2023 18 Aug Thu Janmashtami HR, OR & UP
19 Aug Fri Janmashtami National except AR, AS, GA,
MZ, OR, PY, UP &
2023 7 Sep Thu Janmashtami National except AR, AS, GA,
2024 26 Aug Mon Janmashtami National except AR, AS, GA,
2025 16 Aug Sat Janmashtami National except AR, AS, GA,
2026 4 Sep Fri Janmashtami National except AR, AS, GA,

When is Janmashtami in 2024: History

Lord Krishna was born in the Bhadrapada month in Mathura. He was Devaki and Vasudeva’s son.

When Lord Krishna was born, Mathura was ruled by his uncle Kansa.

Kansa wanted to kill his sister’s children as a prophecy said that the couple’s eighth son would cause Kansa’s downfall.

After listening to the prophecy, Kansa imprisoned Devaki and Vasudeva and killed their first six children soon after they were born.

The seventh fetus of Devaki was transferred from Devaki’s womb to Princess Rohini’s.

When their eighth child, Lord Krishna, was born, the entire palace went into slumber and Vasudeva rescued the baby to Nand Baba and Yashodha’s house in Vrindavan.

After making the exchange, Vasudeva returned to the palace with a baby girl and handed her to Kansa. When the evil king tried to kill her, she transformed into Goddess Durga, who warned him about his impending doom.

Krishna Janmashtami festival dates between 2024 & 2029

2023 Thursday, 18th of August
2023 Wednesday, 6th of September
2024 Monday, 26th of August
2025 Friday, 15th of August
2026 Friday, 4th of September
2027 Wednesday, 25th of August
2028 Sunday, 13th of August
2029 Saturday, 1st of September

When is Janmashtami in 2024: Significance

Krishna devotees adorn their homes with flowers, diyas and lights. All the temples in Mathura and Vrindavan witness the most extravagant and colourful celebrations.

Devotees also perform Raslila to recreate incidents from Krishna’s life and to commemorate his love for Radha.

An idol of an infant Krishna is bathed and placed in a cradle during midnight, as Lord Krishna was born at midnight.

Radha (Srimati Radharani)

Radha (Srimati Radharani) A hand-made sketch of Sri Radha
Other Names Radhika, Raseshwari, Priya Ji, Ladli Ji, Swamini, Vrindavaneshvari
Eternal Consort of Krishna
Home Barsana (Though the eternal home is Goloka Vrindavan)
Born Raval
Father Vrishbhanu
Mother Kirtida
Brother Sridhama
Expansions Sita, Rukmini, Laxmi
Complexion Golden Yellow
Colour of Dress Blue and Red
Favourite Food Arvi
Pet Parrot Shuka (Later, Shukadev Goswami who told Srimad Bhagavatam to the world)
Queen of Vrindavan and Barsana
Kali Yuga Avatar
  • Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
  • Gadhadhara Pandit
Worshipped by Vaishnavas (Especially Gaudiya Vaishnavas or Rupanugas, or followers of Srila Rupa Goswami)
References in Vedic Scriptures
  • Chaitanya Caritamrta
  • Srimad Bhagavatam
  • Vrindavan Mahimamrta
  • Radha Rasa Shuda Nidhi
  • Ujjvala Nilamani
  • Vilap Kusumanjali
  • Padma Purana

Is Janmashtami auspicious day?

One of the most auspicious days in the calendar, Krishna Janmashtami marks the birth of Lord Krishna, the 8th avatar of Vishnu. The day is marked by many stories that are weaved around the occasion, with Krishna’s early makhan chor days being a much-favoured family conversation.
Maakhan Mishri: It is considered to be Lord Krishna’s favorite, it is made with fresh homemade butter that is mixed with rock sugar or sugar and offered to the deity.
Radha (Sanskrit: राधा, IAST: Rādhā), also called Radhika, is a Hindu goddess and a chief consort of the god Krishna. She is worshiped as the goddess of love, tenderness, compassion and devotion. She is the avatar of Lakshmi and is also described as the chief of the Gopis (milkmaids).

What is special about Krishna?

He is worshipped as the eighth avatar of Vishnu and also as the Supreme god in his own right. He is the god of protection, compassion, tenderness, and love; and is one of the most popular and widely revered among Indian divinities.

What is the Favourite colour of Radha?

Radha (Srimati Radharani) A hand-made sketch of Sri Radha
Expansions Sita, Rukmini, Laxmi
Complexion Golden Yellow
Colour of Dress Blue and Red
Favourite Food Arvi

What Lord Krishna likes?

Lord Krishna is the avatar of Lord Vishnu, he is fond of every luxury and class. Aromatic flowers like jasmine, mogra, tuberose, etc. are his favourite flower. While decorating the ‘Jhula’ for little Krishna, use these flowers.

Yellow must be Krishna’s favorite colour because he is known as Pitambardhari, means the one who wears yellow. He is also known as Hari, and lord Hari is associated with Haridra (turmeric, which is yellow in colour).

When was Krishna born date?

Such a search leads us to July 27, 3112 BCE as Krishna’s date of birth in the Gregorian Calendar. In Indian tradition, Krishna’s birth is also called as ‘Sri Jayanthi’. The word ‘Jayanthi’ has an interesting connotation in Indian Astronomy.

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