The auspicious day of the appearance of Lord Krishna is celebrated all over the world as Sri Krishna Janmashtami. It is celebrated on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha (waning moon) of the month of Shraavan. Krishna, who is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, appeared in Mathura as son of Vasudeva and Devaki.
“As stated in the Bhagavad-gita, the Lord says that His appearance, birth, and activities, are all transcendental, and one who understands them factually becomes immediately eligible to be transferred to the spiritual world. “ – Chapter 3: Birth of Lord Krishna,Krishna Book by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
Lord Krishna Himself in Bhagavad gita, Chapter 4 text 8 describes the reason of His appearance as follows:
vinsaya ca duskrtam
sambhavami yuge yuge
To deliver the pious and annihilate the miscreants, as well also restablish the principles of religion, I Myself appear millennium after millennium.
JANMASHTAMI AT ISKCON JUHU
ISKCON Juhu is reputed to celebrate one of the largest Janmashtami celebrations of its kind since last 20 years. The next appearance day of Lord Krishna (Janmashtami) is on 14 August 2009.
Preparations start months in advance to herald the appearance of Lord Krishna. ISKCON Juhu’s Executive Committee, Sri Sri Radha Rasabihari Committee and Janmashtami Festival Committee work tirelessly to ensure that the thousands of devotees and visitors who flock to the temple have comfortable darshan of Sri Sri Radha Rasabihari on Janmashtami day and the midnight when the appearance of the Lord is celebrated.