Ashtami Rohini, also popular as Janmashtami or Sri Krishna Jayanthi, is the most celebrated festival in Guruvayur Devaswom or Sri Krishna Temple Guruvayur. In 2014, Ashtami Rohini date is September 15.
It attracts more than one lakh devotees from all across the globe.
But in North Indian states, in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, Janmashtami date differs with Kerala. But this year, Janmashtami is celebrated on 28 August throughout India.
As per the Malayalam calendar of Kerala, Ashtami Rohini (Birthday of Lord Krishna) falls in Chingam month.
Devotees book their tickets in advance to offer ‘Unniyappam Naivedyam’ (Appam and Payasam – the special offering offered to Lord Krishna on Ashtami Rohini). They will collect offered Unniyappam from the temple after ‘Athazhapooja’.
Avathara Vilambaram is the colour procession held on September 13th evening by Ashtami Rohini Aghosha Samithi. On 14th September morning, Uriyudi and Jeevatha Ezhunnellipu will be held by Nair Samajam.
In 2013, Ashtami Rohini date is August 28.
Ashtami Rohini 2012 date is September 8.