Janmashtami also known as Gokulashtami, Krishnashtami and Srijayanti is one of the most popular Hindu festivals celebrated across the length and breadth of India with great enthusiasm. The birth of Lord Krishna was for the establishment of the righteous path and to restoration of the Vedic Dharma in its pristine form. Born on the eighth day of the dark fortnight of Bhadrapada month, Lord Krishna is the epitome of Right Thinking, Enterprise and Success. By worshipping the Lord with due diligence, one is assured of all these and much more. This puja is especially beneficial for those who seek progeny, as the Lord is invoked as Santanagopala.

Fasting Rules on Krishna Janmashtami:

No grains should be consumed during Janmashtami fasting until the fast is broken on next day after Sunrise. All rules followed during Ekadashi fasting should be followed during Janmashtami fasting also.

Parana which means breaking the fast should be done at an appropriate time. For Krishna Janmashtami fasting, Parana is done on next day after Sunrise when Ashtami Tithi and Rohini Nakshatra are over. If Ashtami Tithi and Rohini Nakshatra don't get over before Sunset then fast can be broken during day time when either Ashtami Tithi or Rohini Nakshatra is over. When neither Ashtami Tithi nor Rohini Nakshatra is over before Sunset or even Hindu Midnight (also known as Nishita Time) one should wait to get them over before breaking the fast.

Depending on end timing of Ashtami Tithi and Rohini Nakshatra fasting on Krishna Janmashtami might continue for two complete days. Devotees who are not able to follow two days fasting might break the fast on next day after Sunrise. It has been suggested by Hindu religious text Dharmasindhu.