The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi today extended Balaram Jayanti’s wishes to citizens and announced a special fund of 1 lakh crore rupees to ramp up agricultural facilities in India.
In a tweet on Sunday morning, he wrote, “Today is Halshti, the birth anniversary of Lord Balarama. Wishing all the countrymen, especially the peasant companions, a very happy birthday! On this very auspicious occasion, a special fund of one lakh crore rupees has been launched to prepare agricultural facilities in the country: PM @narendramodi”.
आज हलषष्टी है, भगवान बलराम की जयंति है।
सभी देशवासियों को, विशेषतौर पर किसान साथियों को हलछठ की, दाऊ जन्मोत्सव की, बहुत-बहुत शुभकामनाएं !!
इस बेहद पावन अवसर पर देश में कृषि से जुड़ी सुविधाएं तैयार करने के लिए एक लाख करोड़ रुपए का विशेष फंड लॉन्च किया गया है: PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 9, 2020
Balaram Jayanti celebrates the appearance day of Lord Balaram, the elder brother of Lord Krishna. Lord Balarama is worshipped as the 8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The birth anniversary of Lord Balarama is observed as Balarama Jayanti. This year, the day falls on August 9.
Lord Balarama is the adi-guru, the original spiritual master. In Chaitanya Lila, Lord Balarama appears as Lord Nityananda, the bestower of mercy to even the most fallen conditioned soul. Therefore His appearance as the son of Rohini and Vasudeva is celebrated by devotees with great enthusiasm.
The festival of Balaram Jayanti is also famous as Lalahi Chhath or Shashti in some of the Northern states of the nation. The day is also celebrated in the name Randhan Chhath or Baladeva Chhath in Gujarat. Primarily, all the old and young Vaishnavas, men and women celebrate the eve of this joyous festival with much vigor and devotion.
As per the Hindu religion and Puranas, Lord Balarama was found to be the ninth incarnation of the Lord Vishnu. Lord Balarama was also the elder brother of Lord Krishna. He was very powerful and with his powers, he demolished Asura Dhenuka, the giant demon. As per a few of the Hindu scriptures, he is also considered the incarnation of the great snake God Aadi Sesha, the serpent on which Lord Vishnu used to sleep. Lord Balarama is believed to be the seventh child of Vasudeva and Devaki who has killed several demons and symbolizes power and strength.