India is the land of festivals and Krishna Janmashtami is one of the most popular and vibrant among all. It is an annual Hindu celebration held during the monsoons. Krishna Janmashtami, Krishnashtami, Sri Krishna Jayanti, Gokulashtami, or simply Janmashtami commemorates the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar or incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This makes the day a landmark for followers of the Vaishnavism tradition of Hinduism.

The day is celebrated with great zeal, and people, from the children to the elderly, revel in joy on this day. Animated rituals, extravagant decorations, and prayer offerings are among the characteristics of the Janmashtami celebration.

If you wish to witness the celebrations in its most magnificent forms, here are the 5 places you should be visiting during Janmashtami in India. Once you do, you would realize how Janmashtami is not just a religious celebration. It is one massive cultural event that brings sheer joy, unites people, and lets you dive deeper into India’s principal Hindu culture.


Mathura Janmashtami

These two places have mythological as well as religious importance in Hinduism. Mathura is where Lord Krishna was born and Vrindavan where he had spent a significant time of his life. Due to this splendid reason, these two cities celebrate Krishna Janmashtami in a glorious manner. During this day, aura these two places get soaked into the colors of Krishna.

All the temples around these cities decorate themselves in a traditional way with dramas, cultural festivals, and functions. The major entertainment attraction during this festival is Raasleela dramas performed by children in many places around these cities.


Dwarka Janmashtami

Janmashtami celebration in the main Dwarkadhish Temple is quite famous in India. The celebration follows the regular routine of Nitya Karma of Lord Krishna. Aboti Brahmins perform the rituals and the celebration begins with a mangal arti in the morning. This festival is celebrated with great splendour in Dwarka.


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Vrindavan Janmashtami

Lord Krishna, the ninth avatar of Shri Vishnu, was born in Mathura and brought up in the neighboring Braj region. Therefore, the entire Braj Bhoomi is an important pilgrimage site for Krishna devotees across the globe. On Shri Krishna Janmashtami today, Do visit Vrindavan.


Gokul Janmashtami

Janmashtami which is also known as Gokulashtami is celebrated in Gokul one day after the rest of the country as Krishna was brought here from Mathura after midnight. Since residents of Gokul learned of Krishna’s existence only one day after his birth, they choose to treat that day as his birthday. 

Gokul’s rustic charm is its biggest attraction when it comes to tourism. A visit to Gokul not only gives you an insight into Krishna’s devotion but it also perfectly depicts rural and traditional life in the interiors of India. Since it is located so close to Mathura, Gokul is worth a visit just to see the place which was the quaint town of cowherds where Yashodha raised Krishna.


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Mumbai Janmashtami

Can’t remember any Janmashtami in Mumbai without the Dahi Handi pyramids. They are great fun to watch but also symbolized how this city always reaches for the sky. The city of dreams- Mumbai, is known for celebrating every festival with utmost joy, and Krishnashtami is one of them, for which group(mandals) prepare for months. Dahi Handi Janmashtami is the significance of the same.

Happy Janmashtami!


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