New Delhi/Mathura: With Lord Krishna taking birth in the Prem Temple Vrindavan in Mathura, the thousands of devotees started chanting Hare Krishna Hare Ram to celebrate the revered Shri Krishna Janmashtami Mahotsav.

Mathura is famous for Shri Krishna Janmashtami Mahotsav. Devotees from all over the world visit here every year to have a glimpse of Lord Krishna’s birthday celebration. 

Thousands celebrate Janmashtami in Mathura

Amid blowing of conch shells and beating of drums, worshippers offered prayers since early morning in temples where special religious discourses, 'Krishnalila' or dance dramas and community kitchens were held. Tight security arrangements were made for the festival and additional security personnel were deployed in sensitive places.

Lakhs of pilgrims paid obeisance in the main temples of Mathura, the birth place of Krishna, Vrindavan, Nandgaon, Mahaban and Baldeo, and performed circumambulation of hillock Goverdhan. The temples of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) which celebrate the festival with great fervour and pomp, too attracted large congregations.

Abhishek performed with milk

Bathing ceremony of the deity -- 'Abhishek' –was performed with milk, curd, honey, ghee and khandsari amid chanting of vedic hymns. 'Baal-Gopal' (Baby Krishna) was placed in swings which were ceremonially swayed by devotees in the temples.

Thousands of people poured into the streets in Mumbai and other cities for 'dahi handi' festivities with youngsters moving around in processions and making human pyramids to break the pots filled with butter or curd, which are hung at a considerable height, to win prize money.

Teenager Durvas Patil was killed after he fell from a six-level human pyramid at Dighi village in Raigad district, police said.

Elsewhere, in Mumbai and adjoining Thane, over 70 persons sustained injuries during the celebrations, civic officials said.

The event is inspired by the mythological tale of Lord Krishna's boy-hood trick of stealing butter from a suspended earthen pot.

Cash prizes given this year

This year's festivities were also marked by rising cash prizes and presence of Bollywood personalities, lending a glamour quotient to the annual event.

Rains failed to dampen spirits of devotees who thronged temples in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Jammu and Kashmir.

Two killed in dahi handi celebrations

Devotees observe day-long fast

Devotees also observed day-long fast and the celebrations peak at midnight when Krishna was said to have been born.

In J-K, long-winding queues were seen outside lit-up temples. Tableaux depicting various aspects of the life of Lord Krishna were also taken out in various parts of Jammu in which hundreds of people participated.


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