Janmashtami is also known as Gokulashtami is the annual Hindu festival which falls on the eighth day of Krishna Paksha in months of August and September. It is an annual festival marking the birth of the eighth avatar of Lord Vishu, Shri Krishna.
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Here is the list of the top four places where you can celebrate and experience the best Janmashtami in India.
Mathura is the birthplace of Lord Krishna. The whole city celebrates the birth of Krishna. People wear new clothes, pray, sing and dance to the tunes of hare ram hare Krishna. The celebration takes place in two sections, Jhulanostav and Ghatas. During Jhulanostav, the devotees put Lord Krishna in swings and dress them in colourful clothes. The idol is bathed with milk and honey. Various jewelry is put on the idol along with a beautiful flute. Many dramas are performed depicting the life of Lord Krishna, showing his birth, Raas Leela.
There are various ponds in Mathura which are believed to be used by Krishna for bathing and washing his clothes. These ponds attract a lot of tourists too. Krishna loved sweets made up of milk, many delicacies are made and served as parasads.
Vrindavan is just 20 km away from Mathura. It is believed that Krishna did Raas Leela with Radha and other Gopis in the forests of Vrindavan. People believe that Krishna comes here every night and does Raas Leela. Nidhi Van temple is the best place to enjoy the Janmashtami celebrations. On the day next to Janmashtami people celebrate with drenching each other in curd and turmeric.
Also visit one of the oldest shrines in the area, Govind Dev Temple. You can also go to Gokul.
Dwarka means the gateway to heaven in Sanskrit is believed to be the place where Krishna came after killing Kansa. He set up his kingdom here. It is located in Gujurat and is one of the Chardham (holy cities) of India. The mangal aarti should not be missed. The temple serves Banta bhog and Utsav bhog after 12 am, the time when Krishna is born.
Also visit Rukmini temple, dedicated to Princess Rukmini, Krishna’s wife, and Bet Dwaraka, where Krishna is believed to have died.
The Dahi handi celebration of Mumbai is world-famous. The 9 tiers pyramid made in Jogeshwari to reach the Dahi handi made its place in Guinness Book of World record. This is celebrated because Krishna loved butter and milk products and stole it from Gopis.
The curd or buttermilk is placed in clay pots at a height of thirty feet or more and people form pyramids to reach up there and break them. Even competitions take place among the people with huge prize money. Dadar, Worli, and Thane are the most famous neighborhood for Dahi handi celebrations.
Also, visit the Iskon temple and get lost in the rhythm of love for Lord Krishna.
I hope you found the above information makes you curious to witness the celebration of Janmashtami. Feel free to reach out if you need any help with planning your trip.