Sanchita Chowdhur posts about the special place Janmashtami holds among all Hindu festivals:
Janmashtami or the birthday of Lord Krishna has a huge spiritual significance in Hinduism. As the legend goes, Lord Krishna was born in the darkness of night, inside a cell of a jail where His parents were locked up by his cruel uncle. It is said that at the moment of his birth, all the guards slept off, the chains broke and the barred doors gently flew open.
Janmashtami’s meaning is deep rooted and it conveys a message that all human beings spend their lives engulfed in the darkness of their own vices. We are bound by the shackles of anger, greed, temptations, attachments and pain. But as the Lord takes birth, every bit of the darkness fades away and we are released from the chains of worldly pleasures.