PHOTOS | Krishna Janmashtami 2020: Artisans, devotees prepare for Dahi Handi, Janmashtami

Lord Krishna's birth, Janmashtami, is celebrated across India with a lot of enthusiasm. Devotees of the Lord usually observe fasts during the day, sing devotional songs, participate in Dahi Handi celebrations, welcome Lord Krishna each year and more. The largest celebration of this Hindu festival takes place in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura and Vrindavan, where Lord Krishna is believed to have been born and subsequently spent his growing up years. As a part of the rituals, statues of baby Krishna are washed and placed for worship. Devotees then break their fast and share food and sweets. This year Janmashtami is on August 11, and the auspicious prayer timings for prayers begin at 12.21 AM until 01.06 AM (on August 12). Dahi Handi celebrations follow the next day usually in the last afternoon or early evening hours).

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An artist from Rajasthan gives final touches to Krishna idols ahead of Janmashtami festival, in Bengaluru, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (PTI)

An artist from Rajasthan gives final touches to Krishna idols ahead of Janmashtami festival, in Bengaluru, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (PTI)

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To celebrate the upcoming Krishna Janmashtami, a female artist is seen making a pot ( Mataki ) of Dahihandi in her workshop at Mahagiri area market in Thane, Mumbai, India, on Saturday, August 08, 2020. (Praful Gangurde/ HT Photo )

To celebrate the upcoming Krishna Janmashtami, a female artist is seen making a pot ( Mataki ) of Dahihandi in her workshop at Mahagiri area market in Thane, Mumbai, India, on Saturday, August 08, 2020. (Praful Gangurde/ HT Photo )

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A woman buys dresses for Lord Krishna from a shop ahead of the Janmashtami festival, in Bikaner, Saturday, Aug 8, 2020. (PTI)

A woman buys dresses for Lord Krishna from a shop ahead of the Janmashtami festival, in Bikaner, Saturday, Aug 8, 2020. (PTI)

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Shopkeepers selling Krishna idols and other decorative items wait for customers, ahead of Janmashtami festival, in Bhopal, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (PTI)

Shopkeepers selling Krishna idols and other decorative items wait for customers, ahead of Janmashtami festival, in Bhopal, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (PTI)

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An artist from Rajasthan gives final touches to Krishna idols ahead of Janmashtami festival, in Bengaluru, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (PTI)

An artist from Rajasthan gives final touches to Krishna idols ahead of Janmashtami festival, in Bengaluru, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (PTI)

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A Rajasthani artist gives final touches to Krishna idols ahead of Janmashtami festival, in Bengaluru, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (PTI)

A Rajasthani artist gives final touches to Krishna idols ahead of Janmashtami festival, in Bengaluru, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (PTI)

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Shopkeepers display metal idols of lord Krishna for a customer ahead of the Krishna Janmashtami festival, on the eve of biweekly state government imposed complete lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus pandemic, in Kolkata, Friday, Aug 7, 2020. (PTI)

Shopkeepers display metal idols of lord Krishna for a customer ahead of the Krishna Janmashtami festival, on the eve of biweekly state government imposed complete lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus pandemic, in Kolkata, Friday, Aug 7, 2020. (PTI)

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