Janam + Ashtami, it’s the birth of Lord Shree Krishna, which is celebrated with great fervour as the birthday of the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu according to the Hindu Mythology.
Shree Krishna, popularly known as “Kanha”, is believed to be a God, portraying and exemplifying the childhood mischief of an Indian Child. The exhilaration and enthusiasm associated with this festival depicts the impactful nature of an Indian child who is assumed to be bestowed with some divine traits. These characteristic nature of the kid not only sculpts the family’s future but also helps build an eutopia in our respective societies.
Every civilisation developed till now in our Indian culture carry certain prejudices and stereotypes with it. But according to the Hindu mythology, the character “Kanha” developed 5000 years back just showed how a child can shape the future of any society he/she dwells upon. “Kansha”, the antagonist in the story not only depicted the level of biasness prevailing in our society during those times but also showed how these ingrained prejudices can restrict an embryo within its womb.
Breaking all the barriers and stereotypes associated with gender, age, religion, complexion and cast emerged a child called “Kanha”. Rampaging the wisdom and kingdom of “Tyrant Kansha”, he proved that the might that a courteous human possess is far greater than the social prejudices he/she has been brought up with.
Kanha is our mental state, that helps us in filling our mental and physical voids and to assume and emphasize upon the fact that “the goals we set are the targets which should be met”. The relevance and purpose of Janmashtami is justified as soon as we start “nurturing our innate Kanha” and thus, in the process “nullifying our innate Kansha”.