Photos:The story of Janmashtami depicted through Rasa Lila

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As per the Hindu Lunar calendar Krishna was born on ‘ashtami’, the eight day of the holy month of Shravana. This day is observed as Janmashtami with devotees taking to fasts, prayers and special meals. Most Krishna temples also organize recitations of Bhagavata Purana and Bhagavad Gita. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

As per the Hindu Lunar calendar Krishna was born on ‘ashtami’, the eight day of the holy month of Shravana. This day is observed as Janmashtami with devotees taking to fasts, prayers and special meals. Most Krishna temples also organize recitations of Bhagavata Purana and Bhagavad Gita. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

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On the occasion devotees throng to temples offering prayers and bhog to their beloved deity. In many Indian homes, idols of Krishna are bathed in milk, honey and water, and dressed in new clothes. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

On the occasion devotees throng to temples offering prayers and bhog to their beloved deity. In many Indian homes, idols of Krishna are bathed in milk, honey and water, and dressed in new clothes. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

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As per legend,Krishna was born in an era of chaos during the rule of Kansa. Its was prophesied that the eight child of Kansa’s sister would be the one to end his rule. Fearing for his life, Kansa put Vasudev and his sister behind bars. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

As per legend,Krishna was born in an era of chaos during the rule of Kansa. Its was prophesied that the eight child of Kansa’s sister would be the one to end his rule. Fearing for his life, Kansa put Vasudev and his sister behind bars. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

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Lord Krishna’s devotees fast on Janmashtami and eat only one meal the day before. The Krishna Abhishekam is performed (milk, ghee and water is used) and ‘bhog’ is offered to Krishna. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Lord Krishna’s devotees fast on Janmashtami and eat only one meal the day before. The Krishna Abhishekam is performed (milk, ghee and water is used) and ‘bhog’ is offered to Krishna. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

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After sunset, hymns are sung praising Krishna and devotes break their fast after midnight.On the next day, which is referred to as ‘Nanda Utsav’, the devotees put together 56 food items, referred to as ‘Chappan Bhog.’ (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

After sunset, hymns are sung praising Krishna and devotes break their fast after midnight.On the next day, which is referred to as ‘Nanda Utsav’, the devotees put together 56 food items, referred to as ‘Chappan Bhog.’ (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

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Post fasting, these items are distributed amongst the people.Some of the items present in the bhog are kheer, jalebi, malpua and dahi. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Post fasting, these items are distributed amongst the people.Some of the items present in the bhog are kheer, jalebi, malpua and dahi. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

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The tradition of Rasa Lila is popular in Mathura region in northeastern states such as Manipur and Assam, and in parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

The tradition of Rasa Lila is popular in Mathura region in northeastern states such as Manipur and Assam, and in parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

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