Janmashtami in India in 2021

Janmashtami in India in 2021

  Dates of Janmashtami in India
2022 Aug 19
AssamFri, Aug 19Regional Holiday
BiharFri, Aug 19Regional Holiday
ChandigarhFri, Aug 19Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhFri, Aug 19Regional Holiday
DelhiFri, Aug 19Regional Holiday
GujaratFri, Aug 19Regional Holiday
HaryanaFri, Aug 19Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshFri, Aug 19Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirFri, Aug 19Regional Holiday
JharkhandFri, Aug 19Regional Holiday
KeralaFri, Aug 19Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshFri, Aug 19Regional Holiday
MeghalayaFri, Aug 19Regional Holiday
NagalandFri, Aug 19Regional Holiday
OdishaFri, Aug 19Regional Holiday
PunjabFri, Aug 19Regional Holiday
RajasthanFri, Aug 19Regional Holiday
SikkimFri, Aug 19Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduFri, Aug 19Regional Holiday
TelanganaFri, Aug 19Regional Holiday
TripuraFri, Aug 19Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshFri, Aug 19Regional Holiday
UttarakhandFri, Aug 19Regional Holiday
2021 Aug 30
Andhra PradeshMon, Aug 30Regional Holiday
AssamMon, Aug 30Regional Holiday
BiharMon, Aug 30Regional Holiday
ChandigarhMon, Aug 30Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhMon, Aug 30Regional Holiday
DelhiMon, Aug 30Regional Holiday
GujaratMon, Aug 30Regional Holiday
HaryanaMon, Aug 30Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshMon, Aug 30Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirMon, Aug 30Regional Holiday
JharkhandMon, Aug 30Regional Holiday
KeralaMon, Aug 30Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshMon, Aug 30Regional Holiday
MeghalayaMon, Aug 30Regional Holiday
NagalandMon, Aug 30Regional Holiday
OdishaMon, Aug 30Regional Holiday
PunjabMon, Aug 30Regional Holiday
RajasthanMon, Aug 30Regional Holiday
SikkimMon, Aug 30Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduMon, Aug 30Regional Holiday
TelanganaMon, Aug 30Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshMon, Aug 30Regional Holiday
UttarakhandMon, Aug 30Regional Holiday
2020 Aug 11, Aug 12
ChandigarhWed, Aug 12Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhWed, Aug 12Regional Holiday
DelhiWed, Aug 12Regional Holiday
GujaratWed, Aug 12Regional Holiday
HaryanaWed, Aug 12Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshWed, Aug 12Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirWed, Aug 12Regional Holiday
JharkhandWed, Aug 12Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshWed, Aug 12Regional Holiday
MeghalayaWed, Aug 12Regional Holiday
PunjabWed, Aug 12Regional Holiday
RajasthanWed, Aug 12Regional Holiday
SikkimWed, Aug 12Regional Holiday
TripuraWed, Aug 12Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshWed, Aug 12Regional Holiday
UttarakhandWed, Aug 12Regional Holiday
Andhra PradeshTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
AssamTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
BiharTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
KeralaTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
NagalandTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
OdishaTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
TelanganaTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
2019 Aug 23, Aug 24
ChhattisgarhSat, Aug 24Regional Holiday
DelhiSat, Aug 24Regional Holiday
GujaratSat, Aug 24Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshSat, Aug 24Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirSat, Aug 24Regional Holiday
JharkhandSat, Aug 24Regional Holiday
MeghalayaSat, Aug 24Regional Holiday
MizoramSat, Aug 24Regional Holiday
NagalandSat, Aug 24Regional Holiday
RajasthanSat, Aug 24Regional Holiday
SikkimSat, Aug 24Regional Holiday
TelanganaSat, Aug 24Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshSat, Aug 24Regional Holiday
Andhra PradeshFri, Aug 23Regional Holiday
AssamFri, Aug 23Regional Holiday
BiharFri, Aug 23Regional Holiday
ChandigarhFri, Aug 23Regional Holiday
HaryanaFri, Aug 23Regional Holiday
KeralaFri, Aug 23Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshFri, Aug 23Regional Holiday
OdishaFri, Aug 23Regional Holiday
PunjabFri, Aug 23Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduFri, Aug 23Regional Holiday
UttarakhandFri, Aug 23Regional Holiday
2018 Sep 2, Sep 3
AssamMon, Sep 3Regional Holiday
BiharMon, Sep 3Regional Holiday
ChandigarhMon, Sep 3Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhMon, Sep 3Regional Holiday
DelhiMon, Sep 3Regional Holiday
GujaratMon, Sep 3Regional Holiday
HaryanaMon, Sep 3Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshMon, Sep 3Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirMon, Sep 3Regional Holiday
JharkhandMon, Sep 3Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshMon, Sep 3Regional Holiday
MeghalayaMon, Sep 3Regional Holiday
NagalandMon, Sep 3Regional Holiday
PunjabMon, Sep 3Regional Holiday
RajasthanMon, Sep 3Regional Holiday
SikkimMon, Sep 3Regional Holiday
TelanganaMon, Sep 3Regional Holiday
TripuraMon, Sep 3Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshMon, Sep 3Regional Holiday
UttarakhandMon, Sep 3Regional Holiday
KeralaSun, Sep 2Regional Holiday
OdishaSun, Sep 2Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduSun, Sep 2Regional Holiday
The birthday of Lord Krishna, the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu who gave the message of the Bhagwat Gita
  Janmashtami in other countries
Janmashtami internationally
  Which regions observe Janmashtami in 2021?
  Andhra PradeshAug 30Regional Holiday
  AssamAug 30Regional Holiday
  BiharAug 30Regional Holiday
  ChandigarhAug 30Regional Holiday
  ChhattisgarhAug 30Regional Holiday
  DelhiAug 30Regional Holiday
  GujaratAug 30Regional Holiday
  HaryanaAug 30Regional Holiday
  Himachal PradeshAug 30Regional Holiday
  Jammu and KashmirAug 30Regional Holiday
  JharkhandAug 30Regional Holiday
  KeralaAug 30Regional Holiday
  Madhya PradeshAug 30Regional Holiday
  MeghalayaAug 30Regional Holiday
  NagalandAug 30Regional Holiday
  OdishaAug 30Regional Holiday
  PunjabAug 30Regional Holiday
  RajasthanAug 30Regional Holiday
  SikkimAug 30Regional Holiday
  Tamil NaduAug 30Regional Holiday
  TelanganaAug 30Regional Holiday
  Uttar PradeshAug 30Regional Holiday
  UttarakhandAug 30Regional Holiday

When is Janmashtami?

Janmashtami is a Hindu festival and a Gazetted holiday in many regions of India.

It may be known as Gokulashtami or Sreekrishna Jayanthi in some regions.  ​According to the Hindu calendar, Janmashtami is celebrated on the Ashtami (eighth day) of Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in the month of Shravana or Bhadra (in the Hindu calendar, there is a leap month once every three years).

In India, is a Gazetted holiday in Bihar, Chandigarah, Chattisgarah, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Miizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

In Tamil Nadu this holiday is known as Sri Krishna Jayanti.

History and Background of Janmashtami

This is one of the most important Hindu festivals, Janmashtami (Krishna Jayanti) is the birthday of Lord Krishna, the eighth reincarnation of Lord Vishnu who gave the vital message of the Bhagwat Gita - the guiding principles for every Hindu.

Across India, there will be ceremonies and prayers at temples dedicated to Krishna. The day before may consist of fasting and prayer up to midnight, the time at which it was said that Krishna was born.

Krishna was born in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. In this region, a common tradition is the performance of Krishna Lila, a folk drama consisting of scenes from Krishna's life.

Many customs have developed in the different parts of India, all based on stories from Krishna's life. For instance, it is said that as a boy, Krishna loved butter and milk so much that they had to be kept out of his reach. This story is reflected in many climbing games for children.

  • In Tamil Nadu, oiled poles with pots of money tied to the top are set up. Boys dressed as Krishna then try to climb these poles to get the money while onlookers squirt water at them.
  • In Maharashtra, where the festival is known as Govinda, pots containing buttermilk are suspended high over streets. Teams of boys then form human pyramids competing against each other to see who can break the most pots.


Many colourful legends tell of Krishna's life and he is a prominent figure in Hindu writings.

As a child, he is noted for his pranks such as the aforementioned butter stealing and images of him as a child often show him dancing joyously and holding a ball of butter in his hands.

As an adult, he is most commonly depicted as a dancer or a lover, often playing the flute and surrounded by adoring women. In one story, it is said that defeated the many-headed serpent Kaliya by dancing it into submission.

Janmashtami Around the World

Janmashtami is celebrated with great enthusiasm by Hindus across the Indian subcontinent and beyond. In "A Janmashtami Journey", we take a whistle-stop tour around the world to look at how this great festival is celebrated.

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