Krishna Janmashtami, one of India's most important holidays, is celebrated with tremendous fervour and grandeur across the country. Janmashtami, Lord Krishna's birthday, is marked by midnight festivities, dance performances, chanting, and many other important traditions! Here is a list of the top 5 places in India to visit during Krishna Janmashtami if you want to soak in the heavenly vibes.
1. Mathura, Uttar Pradesh
This location, which is located on the banks of the Yamuna River, is home to a jail cell that is said to be the actual birthplace of Krishna. Major ceremonies take place at the Shrikrishna Janmabhoomi Temple during the festival of Janmashtami. Every year, over 8 lakh people flock to Mathura to witness this heavenly event.
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2. Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh
Vrindavan, a tiny town in the Mathura region, is thought to have been the site of Lord Krishna's youthful mischief and “raasleela”. The prominent temples where devotees come from all over the world to celebrate Krishna Janmashtami are Shri Ranganatha Temple, Radharaman Temple, ISKCON Temple, Banke Bihari Temple, and others.
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3. Dwarka, Gujarat
Dwarka is known as the “Door to Salvation”, and is said to have been founded by Krishna and his elder brother Balram. On his birthday, Lord Krishna is decked with gold, diamonds, topaz, and other valuable stones in the Dwarkadheesh Temple. Devotees go to this lovely city to obtain the ultimate power's blessings.
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4. Udupi, Karnataka
Udupi is a tiny town in Karnataka known for its Shri Krishna Temple. Udupi Krishna Math, which dates back to the 13th century, attracts millions of people from all across India. Shri Krishna Temple celebrates Janmashtami in a unique style. At midnight, a milk pouring ritual is done, and a variety of delicacies are presented to the Lord.
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5. Imphal, Manipur
Manipur celebrates Lord Krishna's birth with passion and splendour. At the famed Shri Shri Govindajee Temple in Imphal, the elegant raasleela of Manipuri Classical Dance is also performed on the festival of Janmashtami, showcasing the life of Krishna.
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Shubh Krishna Janmashtami!