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By Swami Harshananda

Śrī Kṛṣṇa was born on the midnight of Śrāvaṇa-kṛṣṇa-aṣṭamī.[1] He was immediately transported from the prison of Kañsa, the tyrant, to the house of Nanda, the chief of the cow-herds at Gokula. The next day known as Srīkrsna-jayantī or simply Jayantī, was celebrated by Nanda with great joy and fervor. Hence that day, the Jayantī, is also called as ‘Nandotsava’.


  1. It falls on the eighth day of the dark fortnight of the month of Śrāvaṇa, generally in August.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore