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How is Krishna Janmashtami celebrated in different parts of India

Published on Sep 04, 2023 06:00 AM IST

Mathura and Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh to Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Rajasthan, here's how Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated in different parts of India

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Krishna Janmashtami, also known as Gokulashtami or simply Janmashtami, is celebrated by the Hindu community in India with great enthusiasm but the traditions and customs associated with the festive celebrations vary from one state to another. Here's how Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated in different parts of India: (HT Photo) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Sep 04, 2023 06:00 AM IST

Krishna Janmashtami, also known as Gokulashtami or simply Janmashtami, is celebrated by the Hindu community in India with great enthusiasm but the traditions and customs associated with the festive celebrations vary from one state to another. Here's how Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated in different parts of India: (HT Photo)

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Mathura and Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh): Mathura and Vrindavan, the birthplace and childhood home of Lord Krishna, celebrate Janmashtami with grandeur. Devotees engage in 'Dahi Handi' events, where young men form human pyramids to break a clay pot filled with butter or curd, replicating the childhood antics of Lord Krishna. Temples, especially the Banke Bihari Temple in Vrindavan, are decorated beautifully, and devotees visit them for darshan (sight) of the deity.(PTI File Photo) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Sep 04, 2023 06:00 AM IST

Mathura and Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh): Mathura and Vrindavan, the birthplace and childhood home of Lord Krishna, celebrate Janmashtami with grandeur. Devotees engage in 'Dahi Handi' events, where young men form human pyramids to break a clay pot filled with butter or curd, replicating the childhood antics of Lord Krishna. Temples, especially the Banke Bihari Temple in Vrindavan, are decorated beautifully, and devotees visit them for darshan (sight) of the deity.(PTI File Photo)

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Gujarat: In Gujarat, Janmashtami is celebrated with 'Rasa Lila' performances, where scenes from Lord Krishna's life, especially his playful interactions with the gopis (milkmaids), are reenacted through dance and drama. People also create intricate rangoli designs outside their homes. Traditional sweets like 'Churma,' 'Panjiri,' and 'Mohanthal' are prepared and offered to Lord Krishna. (Ajit Solanki / AP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Sep 04, 2023 06:00 AM IST

Gujarat: In Gujarat, Janmashtami is celebrated with 'Rasa Lila' performances, where scenes from Lord Krishna's life, especially his playful interactions with the gopis (milkmaids), are reenacted through dance and drama. People also create intricate rangoli designs outside their homes. Traditional sweets like 'Churma,' 'Panjiri,' and 'Mohanthal' are prepared and offered to Lord Krishna. (Ajit Solanki / AP)

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Maharashtra: The 'Dahi Handi' tradition is prevalent in Maharashtra as well, where groups called 'Govindas' form human pyramids to break the handi (pot) suspended at a height. Mumbai, particularly in areas like Dadar and Lalbaug, witnesses fierce and competitive Dahi Handi events. Special Janmashtami processions are organised, featuring idols of Lord Krishna. (Kunal Patil / HT Photo) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Sep 04, 2023 06:00 AM IST

Maharashtra: The 'Dahi Handi' tradition is prevalent in Maharashtra as well, where groups called 'Govindas' form human pyramids to break the handi (pot) suspended at a height. Mumbai, particularly in areas like Dadar and Lalbaug, witnesses fierce and competitive Dahi Handi events. Special Janmashtami processions are organised, featuring idols of Lord Krishna. (Kunal Patil / HT Photo)

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Bengal: In West Bengal, Janmashtami is celebrated as 'Janmashtami' and ‘Nanda Utsav.’ Devotees fast until midnight when Lord Krishna was born, and then they break their fast. Elaborate jhulan (swing) decorations are prepared for the deity, and idols are adorned with new clothes and jewellery. Devotional songs and dance performances are organised.(PTI) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Sep 04, 2023 06:00 AM IST

Bengal: In West Bengal, Janmashtami is celebrated as 'Janmashtami' and ‘Nanda Utsav.’ Devotees fast until midnight when Lord Krishna was born, and then they break their fast. Elaborate jhulan (swing) decorations are prepared for the deity, and idols are adorned with new clothes and jewellery. Devotional songs and dance performances are organised.(PTI)

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Tamil Nadu and Kerala: In the southern states, Janmashtami is celebrated as ‘Gokulashtami.’ Devotees prepare a variety of sweets and savories like 'seedai' and ‘murukku.’ They create small footprints with rice flour leading to the puja room, symbolizing Lord Krishna's childhood adventures. (Arun Sankar / AFP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Sep 04, 2023 06:00 AM IST

Tamil Nadu and Kerala: In the southern states, Janmashtami is celebrated as ‘Gokulashtami.’ Devotees prepare a variety of sweets and savories like 'seedai' and ‘murukku.’ They create small footprints with rice flour leading to the puja room, symbolizing Lord Krishna's childhood adventures. (Arun Sankar / AFP)

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Punjab and Haryana: In these states, Janmashtami is celebrated with 'Raas Leela' performances, where people depict Lord Krishna's playful dance with the gopis. Temples and homes are decorated with flowers and rangoli. (HT Photo/Sameer Sehgal) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Sep 04, 2023 06:00 AM IST

Punjab and Haryana: In these states, Janmashtami is celebrated with 'Raas Leela' performances, where people depict Lord Krishna's playful dance with the gopis. Temples and homes are decorated with flowers and rangoli. (HT Photo/Sameer Sehgal)

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Rajasthan: In Rajasthan, Janmashtami is celebrated with 'Phoolon Ki Holi,' where flowers and colored powders are used instead of traditional water and colours. Devotees visit temples, and processions featuring idols of Lord Krishna are taken out. (Bharat Bhushan /ht) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Sep 04, 2023 06:00 AM IST

Rajasthan: In Rajasthan, Janmashtami is celebrated with 'Phoolon Ki Holi,' where flowers and colored powders are used instead of traditional water and colours. Devotees visit temples, and processions featuring idols of Lord Krishna are taken out. (Bharat Bhushan /ht)

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While these are some regional variations in how Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated in India, the central theme of devotion and reverence for Krishna remains consistent throughout the country. The joyous festivities, devotional songs and cultural performances make Janmashtami a vibrant and spiritually enriching festival for people across India. (AFP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Sep 04, 2023 06:00 AM IST

While these are some regional variations in how Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated in India, the central theme of devotion and reverence for Krishna remains consistent throughout the country. The joyous festivities, devotional songs and cultural performances make Janmashtami a vibrant and spiritually enriching festival for people across India. (AFP)

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