The joyous day of the birth anniversary of our beloved Lord Krishna is here. See how different states across India showcase their love for Nand Lala on his special day.
Janmashtami, Krishnashtami, or Srikrishna Jayanti, the birth anniversary of our favorite Gopala, is celebrated across India with utmost enthusiasm. According to the Bhagawad Gita and Bhagwata Purana, the eighth son of Devki, Lord Krishna, was born on the dark fortnight of Bhadrapada month (August-September) on the 8th day. Ever since his birth, every 8th day of the month of Bhadrapada is celebrated as Krishna Janmashtami. In 2022, this day falls on the 19th of August (Friday).
Lord Krishna is the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu, and he came into this world as the destroyer of evil. The birth of lord Krishna was not an accidental miracle but the rebirth of kindness and humanity into this world.
With around 108 names, Lord Krishna is among the most loved deity of all time and between varied age groups. So, there is no way that there could be only one way to celebrate our love for Lord Krishna.
Across India, many states have their version of celebrating Janmashtami to the fullest.
Because the lord says himself, “The only way you can conquer me is through love, and there I am gladly conquered.”
Lord Krishna has an immense charm that draws people to be his bhakt. It is because the whole concept of Lord Krishna's presence was to spread love and wisdom. And honestly, these are the two aspects every human dread to understand and soulfully execute.
So here are these nine enticing ways one can witness the Janmashtami 2022 celebration in different states of India and understand how deeply enrooted the love for Krishna is:
This state has to be a must-visit on the day of Krishna Janmashtami. The alluring enigma and vibrancy of the aura are hard to resist. Mathura being the Janam Bhoomi and Vrindavan being where Nand Lala spent most of his childhood, Uttar Pradesh swings in the wave of bhajans and magnetic floral fragrances. The streets of UP get buzzed with people chanting their love for Krishna; the temples organize Raas-Leela pandals to dance and sing all day in the name of Krishna.
Next on the list is Dwarka, Gujarat, the very kingdom of Lord Krishna.
Devotees from all around the world visit Dwarka to celebrate the existence of Nand Lala's love in their life. The Krishna Janmashtami here is worth witnessing as it is said that Lord Krishna spent most of his life here. According to the Puranas, Dwarka submerged into the Arabian sea after Krishna left for his heavenly abode. The present-day city radiates and comes to life with the sound of bells and bhajans on Janmashtami, making it a must-visit.
Govind Dev Ji Temple of Jaipur is the focal point where the celebration of Janmashtami rings the whole city into the bhakti of Lord Krishna.
The main image of Govinda in the temple has great significance as it was made by Lord Krishna's great-grandson Bajranabh and brought by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II from Vrindavan. It is believed that no prayer is left unheard, so the Janmashtami craze is pretty evident and fun to watch here.
The ever-flowing energy of Mumbai and Pune celebrates Janmashtami most enthusiastically and competitively. The massive Dahi Handi pandals highlight the Janmashtami celebrations of Maharashtra. The vibrant and fun energy really helps you connect deeper to the Lord and offer him with all the love you have.
Sri Krishna Matha temple in Udupi, Karnataka, celebrates Janmashtami as one of its major festivals.
Vittal Pindi (Raas-Leela) and Huli Vesha (tiger dance) are two enthralling events you can witness in Udupi's Janmashtami celebration. The Krishna idol in this temple was discovered by Saint Madhwacharya on a ship in the 13th century. Wait, it gets more interesting!
According to the legends, the Balakrishna idol was of rani Rukmini, who got it crafted by the famous celestial architect Vishwakarma in shaligram stone. When Lord Krishna left the world, Arjuna cremated the idol in Rukmini Vana (Rani Rukmani's Forest), which later surfaced in the 13th century and ended up being the charm and protector of Udupi. Fascinating, isn’t it?
The Guruvayoor temple, furthermore known as Bhuloka Vaikunta (Holy Abode of Vishnu on Earth) in Kerala, is another fascinating spot where the Janmashtami celebration is worth witnessing. The enticing idol of Vishnu is in the form of the newly born Krishna, as seen by Devaki and Vasudev. It's a magnetic sight to enjoy the detailed architecture and Krishnattam (folk dance) representation of Raas-Leela.
Tamilians follow traditions like drawing tiny footprints of Krishna at the house entrance and dressing the family's youngest as Bal Krishna. Devotees celebrate Shri Krishna Janmashtami by observing fast till midnight and prep up with all the favorites of dear Bal Krishna.
Enchanting lingers of bhajans in the ambiance and vibrant essence of folk Raas-Leela performances, Krishna Janmashtami is one exhilarating festival in Manipur. Mahabali Temple and Sri Govind Ji Temple are two prevalent spots where the massive crowd of devotees can be leaning in the love of Lord Krishna.
Home to the quintessential Jagannath temple, legends state that Lord Krishna's heart is here. Temples decorated with fresh flowers and the sweet aroma of Jeuda Bhog (Special Prasad) filled in the air, Odisha charms up to celebrate Krishna Janmashtami in full force. Just like the Rath Yatra, Shri Krishna Janmashtami is one glamorous event festival for Odisha.
This is how people across diverse India celebrate the Birth Anniversary of our Natkhat Gopala. Like Krishna says," I regard as great even the smallest gift offered by my devotees in pure love, but even great offerings presented by non-devotees do not please me." This Krishna Janmashtami, observe the day with utmost devotion and welcome Kanha Ji wholly in your essence.
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And a very Happy Krishna Janmashtami to you.
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