Monday, August 30, 2010

Krishna Janmohtsav!

Krishna Janamashti is a week away and Delhi has started preparations for celebrating the Krishna janam divas. Last  week witnessed ‘Raksha Bandhan’, which portrays the strong roots of our great Indian families. Come August-September, and the country start preparing itself for months of festivals which start with ‘Raksha Bandhan’ and ends on ‘Diwali’.
While Diwali is the festival which celebrates the homecoming of Lord Rama, Janamashtmi celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Temples across the country celebrates the festival with grandeur and poise. The actual celebrations start at 12 midnight, when lord made his divine appearance. Prayers, fasts, devotional songs and many other rituals are performed to mark his birth on Earth. Celebrations in Dwarka, Mathura, Vrindavan and Gokula are high in its festivities and devotional mood reaches its peak.
Maharashtra celebrates Janamashtmi with Dahi Handi where earthen pot containing butter and milk is elevated on to a height and the groups of young men tries to break it by making pyramids while people across yells ‘govinda alaa re’. Krishna utsav also inspires artists to paint their canvas with colors of devotion and fondness. Painters paint their imaginations while other artists perform the Krishna Leela in form of devotional songs, bhjans, dance performances, dramas, ballets etc.

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