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The significance of Krishna Janamashtami and the important temples to visit during the festival

Janamashtami is a festival celebrating the birth of Krishna.

Prem Mandir
Prem Mandir in Vrindavan (image source: Wikimedia Commons)

Janamashtami is a Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna. Krishna is considered to the eight re-incarnation or avatar of Vishnu. Vishnu is the part of the trinity of 3 gods in Hinduism.

Janamashtami is a very important festival for Hindus and it is celebrated in all the important Krishna temples throughout India. During this festival people observe fasting, they sing songs, dance, and participate in various traditional rituals.

It is celebrated at midnight beginning at 12.21 am until 1.00 am on August 12th this year. The dates vary every year according to the Hindu calendar. The ritualistic ‘Puja’ has 16 steps and is done according to the Hindu tradition.

The biggest festivals and celebrations are done in places called Mathura and Vrindavan. It is believed that Lord Krishna was born and lived his early years in these places.

Due to the COVID restrictions is expected that the number of people attending these festivals will be low. However, devotees who take this festival seriously are bound to visit these temples during this time. Many people are expected to avoid large gatherings.

The following are the most famous Krishna temples in India where tourists can see the celebrations of Janamashtami. 

  1. Prem Mandir in Vrindavan. This is considered to be one of the most beautiful temples of Krishna. The temples is full of paintings and figures depicting the aspects of the life of Krishna. 
  1. Kesava Deo Temple in Mathura. This is a historically very significant temple for Hindus. This site was considered as the prison where the Krishna was born. 
  1. Dwarkadheesh Temple in Mathura. This temple is located in the North region of Mathura. It is one of the oldest temples for Lord Krishna. It is famous for the black marble idol of Krishna named Dwarkanath. 
  1. The Balakrishna Temple in Hampi. This temple is listed as the UNESCO world heritage site. This is temple is famous for its heritage status and its tower walls. 
  1. Sri Sri Radha Madhan Mohan Mandir in Vrindavan. This temple is situated on the top of the hill called Dwadasa Aditya Tila which is 50 feet high. This was the first temple built in Vrindavan.
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