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Reema Bhalla Jul 16 2014

Where can I see the best Janmashtami celebrations?

Kanika Nevatia Jul 16 2014
4 people found this answer useful Useful ?Yes

The festival of Janmashtami fills the festive air with joy and happiness. With various Janmashtami celebrations happening in and around India, you can decide where you want to spend the Janmashtmi weekend this year.



Photo of Lord Krishna Idol (by Harshanti)

Janmashtami is celebrated every year in the month of August or September to commemorate the birth of Lord Krishna. This year it happens to fall on the 17th/18th of August, making for the perfect opportunity to plan a short trip. These are some places you could go and be part of the Janmashtami revellery.

Maharashtra

Visit Mumbai and Pune where it is Fondly known as the Dahi Handi festival, the Janmashtami celebrations has a great zeal all over the state. A claypot or handi is filled to the brim with buttermilk and then covered and tied to a high point with the help of ropes at various event venues. A human pyramid is then formed in order to attempt breaking the handi. When the handi breaks, the buttermilk is spilled over the entire group, symbolizing their achievement through unity.



Photo of Dahi Handi (by ramnath bhat)

These handis are set up around the city, and groups of youngsters, called Govinda Pathaks travel around in trucks trying to break as many handis as possible during the day. This often becomes a competition with different groups aiming at breaking the maximum number of handis. Visit Pune or Mumbai because the kind of enthusiasm shown is truly infectious. You cannot help but become a part of the celebrations. You can take Mumbai to Pune cabs to commute between these cities.


Mathura


Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna, gleams with joy at the occasion of Janmashtami. The main celebration takes place at the actual place of birth which has now converted into a big temple known as the Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple. Devotees keep a day-long fast and break it at midnight after Krishna is believed to be born. A pooja is performed at midnight and this is followed by other ceremonies. The idol of Lord Krishna is bathed with milk and curd and then rocked in a cradle.


Photo of Krishna Aarti (by gajman)

Rasleela, a kind of dance drama is performed at various places in Mathura, both by professionals and amateurs. Jhankis (glimpses) , cribs or scenes depicting the various stages of the life of Lord Krishna are a common sight during Janmashtami all over the city. Another important feature of celebrations in Mathura city are Jhulanotsav. During the Jhulanotsav, swings are put in courtyards of temples and houses to welcome Lord Krishna's birth. You can find a Delhi to Mathura cab for reaching this sacred city conveniently.


Dwarka

The celebration of Janmashtami in the main Dwarkadhish Temple is very famous in India. The festival day begins with mangla aarti performed in the morning. The aarti begins with Banta Bhog offered to Lord Krishna, followed by a holy bath or abhishek, which the devotees are given a chance to see. After the bath, Lord Krishna is adorned with beautiful clothes and ornaments that include gold jewellery and other precious stones such as diamonds and topaz. The curtains are then removed and devotees are allowed to do the darshans of the Lord.


Photo of Dwarka (by Scalebelow)

Visit Dwarka
, beacuse on the eve of Janmashtami devotees welcome the lord at midnight with immense enthusiasm and joy. After celebrations, the temple closes. The Bal Gopal idol is kept in a cradle in the temple premises for the darshan of the general public. You can make advance booking in hotels in Dwarka prior to your arrival in this revered city of Gujarat.


Odisha


Visit Odisha
, people celebrate Janmashtami by fasting and performing puja at midnight. Purana Pravachana from Bhagavata Gita are recited.The next day is called Nanda Utsav or the joyous celebration of Nanda Maharaj (Lord Krishna). On this day, people break their fast and offer various sweets to the lord during the early hours.


Photo of Jagannath Temple (by Kquester)

Children, dressed up as Krishna and Radha, perform Krishnaleela. In Puri, a special midnight prayers ceremony is held in the Jagannath Temple. The idol of the infant Krishna is set in a jhoola (cradle) decorated with flowers. Trains are the most popular means if transport to get into this city and the Puri trains during festive seasons are packed as people flock in from all over the country to view this picturesque sight. It is best to find yourself an accommodation in advance in hotels in Odisha as a large number of visitors arrive here during the festive seasons.


Udupi


Visit Udupi
because the birth of Shri Krishna is celebrated in a very special way, with a hint of some regional flavour. On the day of Janmashtami, people fast until they see the moon in the night. The idol of Krishna is kept on a cradle and swung to and fro all day long. The locals cook many special dishes at home, especially kottige or gunda(idlis steamed in jackfruit leaves).


Photo of Krishna Chariot (by Paul Mannix)

Also, the region sees various processions of a clay idol of the infant Krishna with street performers adding a folksy element to the procession. The idol is immersed in the Madhav Sarovar after the festivities come to an end. Fly to this city to witness the celebrations of Janmashtami in this city. Book a stay in hotels in Udupi to avoid last minute rush.


Nepal


Visit Nepal as a large population celebrates Janmashtami on a grand scale. They observe Janmashtami by fasting until midnight. They chant shlokas from the Bhagavad Gita and sing religious songs. The temples of Lord Krishna are decorated, and bhajans are sung or played. The Krishna Mandir in Patan Durbar Square, Narayanhiti Krishna Mandir, and other temples of Lord Krishna are the centres for festivities on Krishna Janmashtami.


Photo of Patan Durbar Square (by dalbera)

Numerous devotees flock to the ancient Krishna temple in old Patan Durbar Square to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna at midnight. Some sing hymns, others clap their hands, while some others simply come to pray. Crowds of devotees climb their way up the narrow steps of the temple to where the main idol stands. There they offer flowers and wait for a glimpse of the Krishna Janmashtami idol. You can book from Delhi to Kathmandu flights to reach Nepal to participate in the celebrations.


Bangladesh


Visit Bangladesh as the festival of Janmashtami is celebrated as a holiday. On the occasion of Janmashtami, an enthusiastic procession starts from Dhakeshwari Temple in Dhaka, one of the most sacred temples of Bangladesh, and then proceeds through the streets of Old Dhaka.


Photo of Dhakeshwari Temple (by Michael Stout)

The procession dates back to 1902, but was stopped in 1948 following the establishment of Pakistan and subsequent attacks by mobs in Dhaka. The Janamashtami celebrations resumed in 1989 and the procession is a popular sight that people anticipate all year round. Book a flight from New Delhi to Dhaka to take part in the bonhomie of the festivities around here.


Now that you are aware of the various places you could travel to experience the Janmashtami celebrations this year, its probably time you started making plans. Most of these places have many other things to see and do as well and so your trip to these places is bound to be a fun one!

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Vignesh Waran Sep 04 2015
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Krishna janmastami is celebrated in the hindu month of shravan on asthami. Krishna janmastami is also known as gokulastami. This day is mostly celebrated in India. In US 2 million people celebrate gokulaastami. In India particularly Maharastra celebrates janmastami as important function in their life. They celebrate janmastami by dressing up childrens like lord krishna and giving sweets to all. There will be various programs conducted by government and other organisation on the celebration of janmastami. Wish you all a very happy janmastami.
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