Photos: Janmashtami: Lord Krishna's Birth Anniversary Celebrated In India (Photos)
By Sreeja VN | Aug 10, 2012 09:03 PM EDT
India celebrated "Janmashtami" Friday, marking the birth of Hindu god Lord Krishna with fervor and joy across the country. Tiny tots dressed up as little Krishna and Radha, his consort, in colorful clothes and elaborate jewelry, participated with enthusiasm, adding color to the celebrations.
Krishnashtami, as it is also known, is an important festival of the Hindus and is widely celebrated with traditional ceremonies, fasting and recreational games and cultural events. Millions of people flock to Mathura, believed to be the birth place of Lord Krishna, and Vrindavan, where he grew up, to take part in the birthday celebrations.
The colorful festival has devotees visiting temples, offering prayers to the lord, fasting for the day and taking part in the cultural events. People decorate their houses with flowers and mango leaves, and scenes depicting the birth of Krishna are recreated using miniature dolls.
Dahi Handi or Mosaru Kudike competition is an integral part of the Janmashtami celebrations. It is a team sport where competing teams have to break an earthen pot filled with curd hung high on poles. The participants have to form a human pyramid to reach the pot and in some areas the pot is hung atop a pole that is greased with oil, preventing an easy climb.
Another attraction is fancy dress competitions and cultural events where children are dressed as little Krishnas and Radhas (incarnations of Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi according to the Hindu mythology), recreating the scenes from their life.
Here is a glimpse of the celebrations held at different places in the country.
A visually impaired student breaks clay pot containing curd during celebrations on eve of Janmashtami in MumbaiSource: Reuters Date:08/10/2012
Devotees try to form a human pyramid to break a clay pot containing curd during the celebrations to mark the Hindu festival of Janmashtami in MumbaiSource: Reuters Date:08/10/2012
Children dressed as Hindu Lord Krishna wait to participate in a fancy dress competition at a temple during the celebrations ahead of the Janamashtmi festival in the northern Indian city of ChandigarhSource: Reuters Date:08/10/2012
School children dressed as Hindu Lord Krishna take part in a function held ahead of "Janamashtmi" celebrations in the southern Indian city of ChennaiSource: Reuters Date:08/10/2012
Children dressed as the Hindu Lord Krishna, and his consort Radha, take part in a religious procession ahead of Janmashtami celebrations in SrinagarSource: Reuters Date:08/10/2012
Devotees form human pyramid during celebrations to mark the Hindu festival of Janmashtami in MumbaiSource: Reuters Date:08/10/2012
A child is dressed as Lord Krishna near the Krishna Temple during the Janmashtami festival in LalitpurSource: Reuters Date:08/10/2012
School children dressed as Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha take part in celebrations on eve of Janmashtami in JammuSource: Reuters Date:08/10/2012
A school girl dressed as Hindu Lord Krishna dances with others dressed as his consort Radha during the celebrations of Janamashtmi festival inside their school in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh.Source: Reuters Date:08/10/2012
School children dressed as Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha sit in classroom on eve of Janmashtami in JammuSource: Reuters Date:08/10/2012
A girl dressed as RadhaSource: Reuters Date:08/10/2012