Vishnu the creator’s 8th incarnation- Lord Sri Krishna or the Natkat Kanha’s Janmashtami falls on the Eight day of Krishna Paksha. It is also on the Holy month of Shravan. Going by the way Hindu scriptures describe the Makhan Chor( described with many such names), he was tall, dark and extremely clever with all the unique qualities that make him an ideal hero of the Dwapara Yuga.
Lord Krishna’s Birthday is celebrated with great zeal and full enthusiasm every year in India’s every house. This festival inaugurates the row of festivals that come ahead during the year. Janmashtami followed by “Dahi Haandi” is one of the most loved sights to watch.
Apart from the known and heard tales of Lord Sri Krishna, have you ever wondered why does it rain every year on Krishna Janmashtami? The celebration of Dahi Haandi is showered with at least a drop of rain every year. Well, Lord Krishna has a close connection with rain marking a memorable event from his life.
What connects Sri Krishna and Rain?
The avatar of Vishnu- Sri Krishna was born to destroy evil and establish peace on earth, he who promised to be there to protect Dharma. The king of Mathura, Kansa, was a wicked man. The moment he was marrying his sister off, an Akashvani (a divine voice) announced that Kansa’s end was night and that he would be killed at the hands of Devaki’s 8th child, who would bring the rule of righteousness to the land.
When his sister Devaki was due with her eighth child, frightened Kansa put his sister and her husband behind the bars so that he could kill the baby, the minute takes birth. On the eighth day of Krishna Paksha in the month of Bhadrapad, Devaki went into labour and gave birth to Krishna. Fortunately, all the guards fell asleep and Devaki’s husband Vasudev’s shackles broke open automatically.
And a divine voice asked Vasudev to carry the newborn to Nand Gaon, and replace him with the daughter of Nand Baba and Yashoda, who later turns out to be a form of Shakti, whom Kansa is unable to kill.
Following the orders of the divine voice, Vasudev carries the baby in a basket on his head and while he was crossing the overflowing Yamuna river, a heavy downpour began. It was then Sheshnaag ( The king of serpents) the five-headed snake, spreads his head to protect little Krishna from the rain.
The Holy Bhagwat Gita talks about yet another story..
Bhagwata and Puranas consist of tales, Shri Krishna lifting the ‘Govardhan Parvat’ when he was a little child and saves the villagers from terrible devastating floods.
As terrible rains and thunderstorms ravaged the land of Vrindavan, submerging it, the frightened and helpless inhabitants approached Lord Krishna for help. Krishna thus lifted up the entire Govardhan Hill at once with His left hand and held it up like an umbrella.
One after the other, all the inhabitants of Vrindavan, along with their cows and other household possessions, took shelter under Govardhan Hill. For seven days they stayed under the hill, safe from the terrible rains and surprisingly undisturbed by hunger or thirst. The Savior of Dharma is known for several such tales that mark his epic presence.