Janmasthami 2019 Celebrations Galore at Banasthali
Janmashtami also called Gokulashtami which marks the birth of Krishna an avtar of Lord Vishnu usually falls in the month of Aug – Sep every year and is calculated by the traditional Hindu lunar calendar as the eighth day of the dark fortnight Krishna Paksh in the month of Bhadra. Krishna not only inspired many followers during his lifetime but also beyond it. Even before the internet arrived in full force, by the 1980s there were around 3000 translations of the Bhagavad Gita in almost 50 languages.
On 23 Aug 2019 Janmasthami day, Banasthalites definitely gave dahi- handi a miss, only to replace that tradition with the aesthetically appealing and visually mesmerizing decorated tableaus popularly referred as ‘Jhankis’. Students dressed up in beautiful attires and gave a glimpse of Krishna's eventful life which began with his birth in a jail to the phase where he took upon the most prestigious role of his life of being a mentor, a guide to a confused Arjun. The Tableau depicting Lord Krishna lifting Goverdhan Hill to protect his near and dear from torrential rains caused by the anger of Indra considered the King of Devas was a great attraction.
The tableaus of Radha and Krishna and Vrindavan had everyone mesmerized. Kans Vadh killing of Mathura King Kans by Lord Krishna was very well displayed. The tableaus depicting Lord Krishna in Gurukul with his acharya Sandipani Muni, the Draupadi Vastraharan and Sudama visit to meet Lord Krishna had all visitors spending extra minutes to admire the presentations The tableau depicting Vishwaroopa by Lord Krishna was awe inspiring indeed. It goes without saying that the tableau depicting Gita Updesh was a star attraction and the message for students was the very last shloka which was by Sanjay to Dhritarashtra which in essence means that the winning combo is Krishna and Arjun implying Knowledge and Skills.
It is also customary for Radio Banasthali which is the first community radio station of Rajasthan to broadcast special programs on the occasion of Janamashtmi. Many students observed fast on the occasion and the special menu in the hostels include mouth water harvesting sweets to mark the occasion. Students and faculty who took part in the Janmashtami celebrations at Banasthali left with beaming faces and pride that they were indeed part of an institution which is a shining jewel in the crown among the institutions not only in India today but across the globe.
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About Banasthali: Established in 1935, the Institution which is also the largest fully residential women’s university in the world has played a big role in revolutionizing women’s education and empowerment in India for the last eight decades. Banasthali has scripted numerous success stories in a wide range of fields, and stands tall among the citadels of learning in India today. Proud to be Banasthali alumni who call themselves as Banasthalites can be found in all latitudes, longitudes and altitudes in all walks of life across the globe. Banasthali has the pride of being chosen as a Faculty Development Centre under the MHRD Govt of India Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT) as well as for hosting Atal Incubation Centre (AIC) by NITI Aayog Apart from various National Rankings which include India Today #2, FICCI University of the year 2015, NAAC A grade, MHRD NIRF 29, in recent past, Banasthali has been in national and international media attention for getting Quacquarelli Symonds QS Asia University Ranking, QS BRICS Ranking, Diamond status under QS i-Gauge Indian University Rating and the overall Four Star Ranking in - QS Stars Rated for Excellence with 5 Stars for each for Teaching, Employability, Facilities, Arts & Culture and Inclusiveness.
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