Best Places to Celebrate Janmashtami in India
Janmashtami is the birthday celebration of Lord Krishna, which usually falls in the month of August or September. This festival is celebrated especially in Northern & Western India among Hindus. On the special eve of Janmashtami, people fast until midnight and then worship the idol of Lord Krishna. The festival is celebrated throughout India and abroad but some places celebrate it in an exclusive way. The temples of Lord Krishna are brilliantly decorated and lightened and the celebrations go on a grand scale. Some activities like Matka-breaking and skits are played. You can see kids dressed up like Lord Krishna and Radha. Here is the list of a few places where Janmashtami is celebrated on a grand scale.
Vrindavan: The beautiful destination has a significant place in Hindu mythology due to being the place where Lord Krishna spent his childhood. Vrindavan is a holy Hindu pilgrimage site and one of the places where Janmashtami is grandly celebrated. The whole town gets to indulge into the holy songs of Lord Krishna and music. There are several temples in the town celebrating the festival grandly, including Banke Bihari Temple, ISKON Temple, Sri Krishna Balaram temple, and Radha Raman Temple.
Mathura: The mesmerizing destination of Mathura is the birthplace of Lord Krishna and it makes the town obvious of celebrating the birthday of Lord Krishna more grandly than any other festival. Janmashtami is celebrated in Mathura with great fervor and devotion. All the temples of Lord Krishna are filled with people wearing festive attires and worshipers. Rasleela can be enjoyed at these temples, which is played to depict the story of Lord Krishna. All the temples have midnight celebrations to mark the birth time of Lord Krishna.
Delhi: Just like other festivals, the festival of Janmashtami brings energy in locals of Delhi who are always enthusiastic about festivities and celebrations. Most of the temples have a grand celebration of the Lord Krishna’s birthday. The ISKON temple in Delhi is decorated like wedding venue and one can witness the huge crowd coming to visit the temple on this occasion.
Dwarka: It is said that the city was constructed in two days by Vishwakarma on the directions of Lord Krishna. In Dwarka, Lord Krishna has spent a huge time. Today’s Dwarka is a famous city of Gujarat where people celebrate the festival of Janmashtami with great enthusiasm and devotion. The Dwarkadheesh Temple in Dwarka is known for Janmashtami celebrations. The statue of Lord Krishna is washed in the morning and then it is dressed-up and decorated with ornaments of diamonds and other precious stones. The delight of this celebration can be felt in the whole city that seems happy by celebrating this special day.
There are many other places in India where Janmashtami is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Other Krishna temples of India also attract huge crowd on this eve. You can also visit Haridwar and Rishikesh on this special occasion.