Celebrated on the birthday of Lord Krishna, Gokul Ashtami is a very auspicious day for the Hindus across the world. The birth of Lord Krishna, son of King Vasudeva and Queen Devaki, is a great story in Hindu mythology.
On the auspicious day of Gokul Ashtami, devotees decorate their houses, prepare sweets to offer to the deity and imprint a child’s footprint from the door to the prayer room. Butter which is believed to be Lord Krishna’s favorite is also offered during Gokul Ashtami. Shrikhand, a particular kind of sweet is prepared on this occasion.
Devotees observe fast throughout the day and break the fast at midnight when the Lord is believed to have been born. Devotional songs are sung by the devotees.
Time to celebrate
Gokul Ashtami is celebrated in the month of Bhadrapada which is between August and September.
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