Surrounded by multi-layered security personnel, the Janambhoomi campus in Mathura looks like demon Kansa's jail. River Yamuna flowing to the brim and the Mathura ghats seemed overwhelmed by a flood of pilgrims who started arriving from Thursday onwards taking advantage of the Independence Day holiday.

In Gokul, across the river Yamuna celebrations started Saturday and will continue for three days. Senior district officials in Mathura said the twin towns would be under alert and higher vigil this time. More than 4000 security personnel have been deputed to secure the Sri Krishna Janambhoomi campus.

The whole area been divided into three zones and 13 sectors headed by ASPs and ADMs. Faced with acute demand for flowers, some temples like the Janam Bhoomi's Keshav Dev temple, have made arrangements for fresh supplies from Kolkatta and Bangalore.

Both in Vrindavan and Mathura, a whole lot of Kirtans, Satsangs and Ras Leelas have been planned out, with famous gurus lined up to create a truly divine ambience. Anticipating heavy rush as the day wears off, the police personnel with support from the local intelligence units, have cordoned off the area around Janam Bhoomi campus and pilgrims are being thoroughly screened.

Chanting hymns and carrying religious offerings, people flocked temples dedicated to the Hindu god in Mathura to mark the festival of Janamashtmi with pageantry. The priests performed rituals in the temples to mark 5240th birthday of Lord Krishna.

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