August 22 : On Krishna Janmashtami or Gokulashtami, one of the major celebrations and rituals are undertaken at the birth place of Lord Krishna- which is Mathura. In 2019, Sri Krishna Jayanti will be celebrated on August 24, in most parts of India, but in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Kerala, it falls on August 23.
The preliminary preparations are going on in this picture. The priests make sure that all the necessary jewellery and flowers and puja materials are gathered before Janmashtami.
Priests perform rituals at Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple on the eve of Krishna Janmashtami in Mathura. This is a traditional procedure that has been going on for years. The Krishna - Radha idols have been adorned with flowers and new clothes. Alongside the priests will prepare the entire puja area prior to the great day.
Here the Krishna Janmashtami celebrations are underway at Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple in Mathura. Almost devotees from the whole of India gather to get a glimpse of Krishna’s birthplace, and the temple. They believe that a visit to this pilgrimage will be an answer to their problems.
Devotees sing bhajans, play music and are in a joyous mood as they throng towards Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple on Krishna Janmashtami. It can be seen that behind this procession, people have dressed like Krishna and that makes the festival even more special.
As part of the rituals, a silver cow is also being worshipped in at Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi temple on Krishna Janmashtami in Mathura. This also holds a vital place in the area where the holy idols are kept in the temple.
This is a top view that gives a clear picture of the Lord Krishna devotees who make their way in and out of the temple. On this day, small boys are made to dress like Little Krishna and small girls like Little Radhas. This is because devotees believe that the naughty and innocent, good natured Krishna lives in young children.
Devotees queue up outside Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple on Krishna Janmashtami in Mathura. As per mythology, Lord Krishna was born in Mathura, but he spent his entire childhood in Vrindavan.
Just as much as devotion lies within the minds of Krishna devotees, this is also a time when people are busy with a shopping splurge ahead of Krishna Janmashtami in Mathura. People mostly buy idols and even the jhula in which baby Krishna used to enjoy his slumber.
Once nightfall falls in, people get to witness a fully lit temple. Devotees throng Prem Mandir on Krishna Janmashtami in Mathura. People make sure to get the benefit of the complete darshan before heading back home.
This is a couple who have dressed as Krishna and Radha. This all falls as part of the celebrations of Krishna Janmashtami. Apart from this, Dahi Handi holds a significant place in the rituals.