JANMASHTAMI commemorates the earthly appearance of Krishna, who is described in India’s sacred writings as God Himself. One of the biggest religious festivals in the world, it is celebrated by nine hundred and thirty million people around the world and two million in the US alone. To devotees, its Christmas and New Year’s in one, a day of deep spiritual renewal and celebration that effectively finishes an old year and begins a fresh one.
But why Janmashtami, you may ask? What’s so special about Krishna, as opposed to any other form of God? It’s His personable-ness. He reciprocates in unique, personal ways with every devotee who offers Him love—He is the most adorable, mischievous son, the most romantic lover, the most compassionate friend.
And on Janmashtami, devotees celebrate Krishna in all of these aspects. For just as Krishna reciprocates individually with His relatives and confidantes, he responds to the distinct feelings and desires held most deeply in the heart of every single worshipper.
So remember that whatever way you worship Krishna on Janmashtami, He will reciprocate with you accordingly. It’s a meditation that makes for an extremely rewarding devotional experience.
In Brisbane Janmashtami was celebrated at all Hindu Temples. Sanatan Queensland celebrated Janmashtami at their newly acquired land at 550 Wembley Rd, Logan. Hindu Society of Queensland celebrated Janmashtami at Gayatri Mandir Boondall. The officiating priest was Acharya Dinesh Shandil of New Zealand.
Shree Laxmi Narayan Temple, Shree Vishnu Maya Mandir, ISKCON Brisbane, Sanatan Queensland and all other centres celebrated Janmashtami. Most of the centres reported good turnout of devotes to celebrate this festival.