Janmashtami is an important festival in India. The magical festival is celebrated in numerous ways in various cities of the country. Janmashtami is basically Lord Krishna’s birthday celebration. The crowds at Dahi Handi, street performances of singing and dancing and midnight celebrations in each temple are the most exciting activities to be explored during the festival. This Janmashtami, Travel and explore different places in the country instead of worshiping at home Lord Krishna. Be ready to explore the most famous places of India to celebrate the festival.
Udupi is the district of Karnataka state, where Janmashtami is celebrated with a grand scale in various popular temples. Also known as Gokulashtami, the town celebrates the festival by Arghya Pradana, which is a ritual of pouring milk or water on the idol of Lord Krishna. The special dishes named Chakkuli and Laddus is offered to the Lord. The next day the people perform Leelotsav. To mark the day, the artists play different performances with unique dresses; make ups, musical instruments and Tiger Dance Groups. Enjoy the cultural programs in a unique way at this place.
Janmashtami is celebrated with great devotion in Manipur, the state of northeastern India. The Manipuris keep fast on the day and visit temple to perform pooja and celebrate Krishna Janma. The Mahabali Temple in Imphal city is the famous temple, where the people offer floral tributes and prayers to Lord Krishna. Another popular temple is the Shree Govindjee Temple where a large number of devotees perform a unique Ras Leela Dance to celebrate the festival. Visit a land of festivals for the memorable Janmashtami celebration.
In the state of Orissa, Jagannath Temple is the most popular temple of the country. In this place, Janmashtami is celebrated with great fervor. The devotees perform pooja in the midnight and next day is for Nanda Utsav. The people celebrate it with fasting till the midnight prayer and next day they break the fast with cooked sweets. The whole day is observed with various episodes on life of Lord Krishna. Especially the children get dressed up as Krishna and Radha, and perform the various pays. This is the very exciting way to participate in the festival.
Also known as Gokulashtami in the state of Maharashtra, Janmashtami is celebrated with a very unique way called Dahi Handi. It is the well known activity of the festival among the bollywood superstars who come every year to celebrate in various places of the state. A group of men/women make a human pyramid and break a Handi filled with milk and butter is the main ritual of the activity. It is a lifetime experience of being in the celebration of Dahi Handi especially in Maharashtra state.
Located on the coast of Kutch, in the state of Gujarat, Dwarka is one of the four holy cities in India. With the beautiful carved five stories temple, decorated with colorful lights and flowers is the most spectacular view during the bright festival of Janmashtami. The day is celebrated with the daily routine of the Lord, followed by midnight celebration of Krishna Janma in the main Dwarkadhish Temple, which is the popular temple in India.
Vrindavan is just 15 kms away from Mathura in the state of Uttar Pradesh, where Lord Krishna spent his childhood. The Janmashtami celebration starts 10 days prior to the actual day. The temples celebrate in their own ways throughout the days. The Krishna did RassLeela with Radha in the forests of Vrindavan which is next to the River Yamuna. The Citizens of the town play RassLeela and various plays on Life of Krishna on these days. Large amount of tourists visit this place to enjoy the festival.
Gokul is the place where Krishna grew up at Nand Bhavan or Nand Qila. The place is located in the Old Gokul. Here, Gokul residents celebrate Dadhikana or Nandotsav on the next day of Mathura Midnight Celebration, when actually Krishna arrived in this place. The people drench curd and turmeric on each other and celebrate the arrival of Lord Krishna. The place looks quite different as the people celebrate the festival with great happiness.
Mathura itself is the birthplace of Krishna, where Janmashtami is celebrated with a Great Spirit and pleasure. Every year, the main celebration occurs at the Janma Bhumi Mandir in the city. Chanting of Shlokas, Rasleelas, Midnight Celebrations, Fireworks and Jhulotsav are the significant ways to welcome Lord Krishna. The color theme of the cloths of Krishna and walls in the temple are to keep same which changes every year. The Ghata of Mathura are the main features of celebration for whole month. The devotees participate in decorations in temples and Ghatas with enthusiasm. The best reason to visit the place is specially to celebrate Janmashtami.