As Krishna Janmashtami is upon us lakhs of devotees continue to throng the temple town of Mathura to celebrate the festival. Braving heavy rainfall, they gather around Vrindavan or in Govardhan and Barsana to worship their beloved deity Lord Krishna.
Janmashtami is celebrated with traditional gaiety and fervour across India every year. While celebrations throughout the country are mesmerising, few places, including Mathura, Gokul and Vrindavan continue to steal the attention on Janmashtami.
In Mathura, which is believed to be the birthplace of Sri Krishna, Radha Raman temple, Radha Damodar temple and Shah Ji Temple will celebrate Janmashtami all over the day. The main programme would be organised at Bhagwat Bhavan at Srikrishna Janmasthan, which will remain open for nearly two hours past midnight to facilitate pilgrims from across the globe.
With the festive atmosphere buzzing around, security has been tightened and police personnel in plain clothes have been deployed at major temples. On the other hand, pilgrims are requested to avoid carrying cameras, mobile phones and other gadgets inside the temple.
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Meanwhile, here we bring you some of the colourful pictures, shared on social media, showcasing the Janmashtami celebrations across the world.
Visuals of #Janamashtami celebrations in Jammu & Kashmir's Srinagar pic.twitter.com/IH6JRKgIIx— ANI (@ANI) September 3, 2018
#Janamashtami being celebrated at Shwala temple in Amritsar. #Punjab pic.twitter.com/jVFGNqK51d— ANI (@ANI) September 3, 2018
Mumbai: Preparations underway for Dahi-Handi celebrations in Dadar. #Janamashtami pic.twitter.com/7bluoZNJZB— ANI (@ANI) September 3, 2018
Mathura: People offer prayers at Lord Krishna's 'Janmabhoomi' temple on the occasion of #Janmashtami pic.twitter.com/XpSFIsfVDw— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) September 3, 2018
Delhi's ISKCON temple has been decorated on the occasion of #Janamashtami. pic.twitter.com/B8jMlV6q4e— ANI (@ANI) September 3, 2018
#JammuAndKashmir: Visuals of #Janmashtami celebrations in Poonch district. (02.09.18) pic.twitter.com/tXFFVcY2IU— ANI (@ANI) September 3, 2018
#Nepal: A Krishna temple in Lalitpur that was damaged by the earthquake in the year 2015 reopens after 3 years on the occasion of #Janmashtami. (02.09.2018) pic.twitter.com/SEpm8buA7f— ANI (@ANI) September 3, 2018
Mathura: Devotees celebrate #Janmashtami at Lord Krishna's 'Janmabhoomi' temple pic.twitter.com/Xt3ASQlt3w— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) September 3, 2018
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Krishna Janmashtami is being celebrated to worship Lord Krishna so that he eliminates the evil forces and good may always triumph. To seek his blessings, Krishna Abhishek (bathing Krishna’s idol) is performed, where milk, ghee and water are offered to the deity. Lakhs of Hindu followers also throng temples to offer prayers to him. His devotees also observe fast for the entire day.
Security heightened at Lord Krishna Janmabhoomi temple in Mathura on the occasion of #Janamashtami as devotees visit the temple pic.twitter.com/h88DpofASY— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) September 3, 2018