Janmashtami- The Birth of Lord Shri Krishna

Krishna Janmashtami is the celebration of the birth of Lord Shri Krishna. Janmashtami means birth in the eighth day of the dark half or Krishna Paksha of the month of Shraavana. Krishna Janmashtami is one of the most popular festivals in Hindu Religion. A large number of devotees come to Krishna temple to celebrate Janmashtami festival, Many cultural programs and activities like RasLila and Dahi Handi are take place during the festival. The celebration of Janmashtami in the main Dwarkadhish temple is very famous not only in India but, all over the world. Mathura and braj are famous to celebrate Janmashtami in traditional way.

Cultural programs: Colorful events and cultural programs are organized in the daytime to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna. Children participating in a fancy dress competition and enjoy the festival.

Ras-Lila: Braj Rasleela is a popular dance form of Uttar Pradesh region of India. The Rasa lila re-creates the flirtatious aspects of Krishna’s youthful days, rasa-lila is considered to be one of the highest and most esoteric of Krishna’s pastimes. Ras Lila is one of the most popular dances of Manipur.

Dahi- Handi: The Dahi Handi celebration is the main attraction of Janmashtami festival, where teams of young men and women, form human pyramids to reach a high-hanging pot of butter and break it. The handi is a clay pot filled with buttermilk that was positioned at a convenient height prior to the event. The topmost person on the human pyramid tries to break the handi by hitting it with a blunt object, and when that happens, the buttermilk is spilled over the entire group, symbolizing their achievement through unity. Various Handis are set up locally in several parts of the city, and groups of youngsters, called Govinda, travel around in trucks trying to break as many handis as possible during the day. Many such Govinda Pathaks compete with each other, especially for the handis that dole out hefty rewards.

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