The most awaited birthday, where people of all ages congregate to celebrate, is almost here, so prepare to be delighted as we take you to the various temples around the country. Krishna Janmashtami is the celebration of Lord Krishna’s birthday. All temples and households have cradles adorned with balloons and flowers, and as the clock strikes 12, bhajans and sweets are distributed to greet the newly born Lord. People come to visit the newborns and swing the cradle.
Take a break from your regular duties and come with us as we tour the nation’s temples since the celebration falls close to the long weekend this year.
Places to visit for Krishna Janmashtami-
Krishnabhumi is another name for the city where Lord Krishna was born. The festival of Krishna Janmashtami is well-known in this region. The city’s celebrations begin a month prior with the two most major rites, Jhulaotsava and Ghatas. Jhulaotsav is a festival in which individuals adorn swings outside their homes, and in Ghatas the entire city is painted in the colors of the year’s theme. Both children and adults dress up as Lord Krishna, while girls dress up as Radha and perform dances and plays.
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Temples To Visit- Nandagao, Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple, Dwarkadhish Temple, Radha Vallabh Temple.
The city where Lord Krishna spent most of his time also witnessed a magnificent celebration. Stories about the mischief of the young Lord Krishna are still being told in the alleys. Krishna Janmashtami, which is widely honoured, is observed in Vrindavan similarly, with festivities lasting all day. Lord Krishna performed Rasleelas with his Gopiya in this city. The celebration begins days prior, with many performers enacting acts from the Lord’s life.
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Temples To Visit- Banke Bihari Mandir, Ranganathji Temple, ISCKON Temple, and Radharaman temple.
Lord Krishna and his brother were claimed to have created Dwarka to establish a new kingdom. He spent a significant portion of his life in the city, as recorded in the sacred writings. It was stated that the kingdom was built using precious stones. Krishna Janmashtami is observed in the city, commencing with rites done by brahmins. People come from all across the nation to attend the festivities. For the festival, a variety of foods are made, presented as Bhog, and then given out to the devotees. During the occasion, little Bal Gopals idols are put on the cradle.
Temples To Visit- Dwarkadhish Temple, Rukmani Temple and ISCKON Temple.
Krishna Janmasthmi is celebrated in the southern city of Udupi with exquisite dishes and small children costumed as Bal Gopal. Lord Krishna’s idol is reported to have been brought here from Dwarka. According to mythology, a philosopher named Madhvacharya came here to teach Krishna Consciousness. To observe the festival, the famed temple of Lord Krishna is gorgeously illuminated. People travel from adjacent villages and other locations to watch the entire city lighted up with the festival’s zeal.
Temples To Visit- Sri Krishna Matha, Anantheshwara Temple and Chandramouleshwara Temple.
The celebrations of Krishna Janmashtmi provide colour to the northeast as well. The state is filled with Vaishnavi cults that worship Lord Vishnu, whose incarnation is Lord Krishna. The classical Manipuri dance is supposed to have evolved from the Rasleelas performed by Lord Krishna with Gopiyas. People perform this dance while telling the story of Lord Krishna’s birth. The Lord Krishna idol is clothed and ornamented for visitors to adore. The celebration lasts until midnight, and both young and elderly are dressed in traditional clothing. The festival’s uniqueness is a must-see.
Temples to visit- Shri Radha Govindaji temple, ISKCON temple and Mahabali temple.
The Lord was reared here in secrecy, the festival of Krishna Janmashtami holds great significance in this small town of Mathura. People believe that tiny Krishna was brought here following his birth, hence the celebration takes place a day later. The celebration is similar across the country. On this day, Lord Krishna’s favourite food, butter, is also offered. The Lord’s mischiefs are recounted in the streets of this town. As part of the celebration, worshippers play with curd and turmeric, showering one other with it.
Temples to Visit- Nand Bhawan, Raman Bihariji temple, Radha Raman temple, Radha Damhodar and Gokulnath Temple.
The country’s biggest metropolis also witnesses a great celebration of Krishna Janmashtami. Huge human pyramids may be seen here, poised to smash a pot attached to a rope high up. People prepare to be a part of this ritual that has been performed for centuries during Janmashtami. It is reported that Lord Krishna used to steal from his neighbourhood because he adored handmade butter; people tied pots of butter high up. The cash award is kept in the pot as a twist in this tradition.
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Temples To Visit- ISCKON Temple Juhu, ISCKON Temple Chowpatty, Ramakrishna Math and Mission, Shri Krishna Pranami Mandir and Guruvayoor Shri Krishna temple.
This West Bengali neighborhood’s special celebration of Krishna Janmashtami has made it famous. For the next day’s festival, the idols of Lord Krishna are adorned in the most gorgeous apparel. The nicest feature of the celebration is that everyone help to decorate the entire area and manage the traffic of visitors accessing the sacred locations. Cultural events are planned to delight the worshippers. The bhog will be served delicious meals. Devotees fast during the day and dress up for the midnight celebrations.
Temples To Visit- ISCKON Chandrodaya Temple and Sri Chaitanya Math.
The festival and its enthusiasm also resonate in the beach city of Puri. Each temple here is decorated with colourful flowers, and the idols are adorned with ornaments and new attires. Chanting of Hare Krishna and Hari Bol goes on in the entire city. The Jagannath Temple observes the festival with great zeal. Several kinds of sweets are prepared and distributed post-midnight to the devotees as prashad. The unique feature of the temple is that, unlike stone or marble carved idols, the idol of the Lord is carved out of wood. Devotees perform the acts of Lord Krishna and his life throughout the day.
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Temples To Visit- Jagannath Temple, ISCKON Temple, Ram Mandir, Bayababa Matha and Nayapalli Radha Krishna Temple.
With Krishna Janmashtami celebrations taking place around the country, prepare to dress up as Lord Krishna, Radha, and the numerous characters from the narrative and visit these locations over the long weekend. Enjoy the food and prashad of these cities. Make a point of reciting the bhajans and chants along the journey. The locations are ready for you to arrive and energise the celebration.