Krishna Janmashtami or Shri Krishna Jayanti is celebrated in
and around the world. But none of it will be able to match the celebrations held at India and Vrindavan. Krishna Janma Bhoomi Mandir or the two temples at Sri Krishna Janmashthan, the exact place Shri Krishna was born, is the main center of celebrations in Mathura . It is also known as Brij Bhumi and thousands of people converge here on the day of Lord Krishna's birth anniversary. In 2011, Krishna Janmashtami in Mathura and Vrindavan is on August 22. In Mathura at Vrindaban the birthday celebrations will be observed on August 22. Then there is the Latta Ka Mela celebration on August 23. Ranganath Temple
The main Krishna Janmashtami celebrations are held at
, Vrindavan, Govardhan and Nandgaon and begin at midnight. The entire area is also referred as Brij Bhumi or Braj Bhumi. Mathura
Idols of Lord Krishna in the various temples in
, Vrindavan, Govardhan and Nandgaon will be decorated with new Jardozi cloth and ornaments. Special bathing ceremony (abhishek) is performed using milk, curd and herbs, which is accompanied by the ringing of bells and blowing of Shankh (conch). After the abhishek the idol of Lord Krishna is placed on a cradle and it is rocked to the chanting of prayers. Next the ‘prasad’ is distributed among the devotees. Mathura
Numerous plays, tableau and other cultural activities are organized here during the Sri Krishna Jayanti celebrations.
In 2011, Shri Krishna Jayanti celebrations in
South India will take place on August 21. In Maharashtra, Janmashtami is noted for the Dahi Handi celebrations.
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