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The birthday of Lord Krishna is widely celebrated in all parts of India with great fervor and devotion on the eighth (ashtami) day after the full moon in the Shravana month of the Hindu Calendar. Lord Krishna is considered the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. All the qualities and powers of Lord Vishnu were integrated into Lord Krishna.
The birth of Lord Krishna was for the express purpose of re-establishing the fundamentals of faith within the Hindu people. As spoken in the Bhagavada Gita by Krishna himself—yada yada hi dharmasya, glanirbhavati bharata, i.e. 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. The message of Vedanta preached to Arjuna through the Bhagavada Gita is perhaps the seminal work and crown in the jewel of all Hindu texts.
Shri Krishna is the most popular avatar and is regarded as purna avatar (complete incarnation). All other deities are regarded as his manifestation. His story and his exploits (leela) are numerous and well known. To the Hindu, he is the supreme statesman, warrior, hero, philosopher, teacher and God himself.
The festival of Janmashtami is observed as a day of fasting until midnight — which is the time when Lord Krishna was born to his mother Devaki in a prison cell. The demonic king Kansa had put Devaki (his sister) into prison because he had been told by his advisers that the son of Devaki would be his nemesis. Kansa had planned to kill Krishna at birth, but as soon as he was born, the prison gates magically opened and his father taken him out to be raised by his adopted mother, Yashoda.

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