Sri Krishna is considered as the eighth avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu’s, (one of three major Hindu Gods) on earth. Sri Krishna was born in the ‘Rohini’ nakshatram (star) on the eighth day of the dark fortnight in the month of Sravana. This festival is also known as Sri Krishna Jayanti or Krishnashtmi. The actual day of celebration can be on two different days as the star ‘Rohini’ and Ashtami may not be on the same day. These days correspond to the August and September months on the Gregorian calendar.
Shri Krishna Janmashtami 2012 is celebrated on August 10, 2012 (Friday) all over the country. Sri Krishna who manifests all levels of joy, is also the source of spiritual joy, which overrides mental or emotional joy, just as emotional joy overrides physical joy.