It is also known as Gokulashtami and Krishna Jayanti or Jenmashtami. It
is celebrated as the birth day of Krishna and falls on the fourth lunar
asterism, Rohini and the 8th quart of the moon Ashtami. Ashtami
Rohini is observed as fast. On this day, women specially refrain from
food and keep vigil in Krishna's temple till night and when, after the
Pujas are over, they partake of things that have been already offered
to the god. The temple is illuminated with myriads of oil fed lamps and
worship goes on almost till the early hours of the morning.