Janmashtami in India in 2020

Janmashtami in India in 2020
  How long until Janmashtami?
This holiday next takes place in 302 days.
  Dates of Janmashtami in India
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
MizoramMon, 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
AssamTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
BiharTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
ChandigarhTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
DelhiTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
GujaratTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
HaryanaTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
JharkhandTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
KeralaTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
MeghalayaTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
NagalandTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
OdishaTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
PunjabTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
RajasthanTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
SikkimTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
TelanganaTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
TripuraTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshTue, Aug 11Regional Holiday
UttarakhandTue, 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
2017 Aug 14, Aug 15
ChhattisgarhTue, Aug 15Regional Holiday
GujaratTue, Aug 15Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshTue, Aug 15Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirTue, Aug 15Regional Holiday
PunjabTue, Aug 15Regional Holiday
RajasthanTue, Aug 15Regional Holiday
Andhra PradeshMon, Aug 14Regional Holiday
BiharMon, Aug 14Regional Holiday
ChandigarhMon, Aug 14Regional Holiday
HaryanaMon, Aug 14Regional Holiday
JharkhandMon, Aug 14Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshMon, Aug 14Regional Holiday
NagalandMon, Aug 14Regional Holiday
OdishaMon, Aug 14Regional Holiday
SikkimMon, Aug 14Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduMon, Aug 14Regional Holiday
TripuraMon, Aug 14Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshMon, Aug 14Regional Holiday
UttarakhandMon, Aug 14Regional 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 2020?
Assam  AssamAug 11Regional Holiday
Bihar  BiharAug 11Regional Holiday
Chandigarh  ChandigarhAug 11Regional Holiday
Chhattisgarh  ChhattisgarhAug 11Regional Holiday
Delhi  DelhiAug 11Regional Holiday
Gujarat  GujaratAug 11Regional Holiday
Haryana  HaryanaAug 11Regional Holiday
Himachal Pradesh  Himachal PradeshAug 11Regional Holiday
Jammu and Kashmir  Jammu and KashmirAug 11Regional Holiday
Jharkhand  JharkhandAug 11Regional Holiday
Kerala  KeralaAug 11Regional Holiday
Madhya Pradesh  Madhya PradeshAug 11Regional Holiday
Meghalaya  MeghalayaAug 11Regional Holiday
Nagaland  NagalandAug 11Regional Holiday
Odisha  OdishaAug 11Regional Holiday
Punjab  PunjabAug 11Regional Holiday
Rajasthan  RajasthanAug 11Regional Holiday
Sikkim  SikkimAug 11Regional Holiday
Tamil Nadu  Tamil NaduAug 11Regional Holiday
Telangana  TelanganaAug 11Regional Holiday
Tripura  TripuraAug 11Regional Holiday
Uttar Pradesh  Uttar PradeshAug 11Regional Holiday
Uttarakhand  UttarakhandAug 11Regional 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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