Vrindavan and Mathura are two holy places blessed with the footsteps of Lord Krishna. These two places have mythological as well as religious importance in Hinduism. Mathura is where Lord Krishna was born and Vrindavan where he had spent a significant time of his life. Due to this splendid reason, these two cities celebrate Krishna Janmashtami in a glorious manner. During this day, aura these two places get soaked into the colors of Krishna. All the temples around these cities decorate themselves in a traditional way with dramas, cultural festivals, and functions. The major entertainment attraction during this festival is Raasleela dramas performed by children in many places around these cities.
Being Krishna’s birth place, this city celebrates Krishna Jayanti with a great endeavor and enthusiasm. The grand celebration takes place in Dwarkadhish Temple where thousands of devotees arrive for a midnight look of Bal-Gopal. In here, Lord Krishna is given the bath with milk & curd and Jhulanotsav takes place. Usually, the temple door opens at 11.55pm as Krishna is believed to be born at 12.00 of midnight. As soon as the door opens, the temple complex soaks into the loud voice of “Jai Kanhiya Laal Ki” with the sounds of dhol-nagara. Once the ritualistic prayer of “Maha Abhishek” finishes, all devotes receives “Panchamrit” and those who keep fast opens it with this only.
Other than this, Krishna Janmabhoomi temple also celebrates this festival in a great manner. During this festival, this temple gets decorated with lights, flower and traditional decorations. The celebration catches a peak at the midnight when the Krishna Janm-tithi arrives. The temple celebrates Lord’s birthday with milk-made sweets, Raasleela dramas and traditional functions.
Other than these two temples, the grand celebration also takes place in Kesava Deo Temple. This temple is standing near Krishna Janmabhoomi temple and welcome Lord with dhol-nagara and “Jai Kanhiya Laal Ki” slogan.
Lord Krishna spent a significant time of his life in Vrindavan and thus this city celebrates Janmashtami in a different manner. This is the place where Krishna used to do Raasleela with Gopis and during Janmashtami, several Raasleela drama can be seen around the city. This city also welcomes Lord with Dahi-handi ritual where human pyramids are made to break the “Handi” of butter & curd hanging at a higher distance.
Banke Bihari Temple in here is the most crowded place during Krishna Janmotsav as thousands of devotees visit here for darshan. “Maha Abhishek” takes place at 12 of the midnight when devotes welcome Krishna with loud prayer and Dhol-nagara. After Lord’s ritualistic bath, devotees are given Panchamrit as holy Prashad.
Other than this temple, Iskon Temple and Sri Krishna Balram Temple celebrates Krishna’s birthday in a great manner. These temples also attract a huge number of devotees during this festival.
Though the whole country celebrates this grand occasion with great enthusiasm Mathura & Vrindavan are most famous for Krishna Janmotsav festival.
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