Janmashtami 2023: Find Out How States Across India Celebrate The Festival In Unique Ways

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Janmashtami 2023: Find Out How States Across India Celebrate The Festival In Unique Ways

Krishna Janmashtami, also known as Gokulashtami or Janmashtami, is celebrated by the Hindu community in India with great zest, but it’s interesting to note that the traditions and customs associated with the festivities can change from one state to another.

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Here’s How Janmashtami Is Celebrated Across India

Uttar Pradesh – Mathura And Vrindavan

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Mathura and Vrindavan, where Lord Krishna was born and spent his early years, celebrate Janmashtami with lots of excitement. People take part in dahi handi events where young men make human pyramids to break clay pots filled with butter or curd, just like Krishna did when he was a child. The temples, especially the Banke Bihari Temple in Vrindavan, are beautifully decorated, and people visit them to see the deity and pray.

Maharashtra

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In Maharashtra, dahi handi tradition is widespread. Here, teams known as ‘Govindas’ come together to create human pyramids in order to break the pot or handi that’s hung up high. Mumbai, especially in places like Dadar and Lalbaug, hosts intense and competitive dahi handi contests. Special Janmashtami parades are also organised, showcasing idols of Lord Krishna.

Tamil Nadu And Kerala

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In the southern states, Janmashtami is known as ‘Gokulashtami.’ Devotees make a range of delicious treats like seedai and murukku. They also craft small footprints using rice flour, leading the way to the puja room, symbolising the playful childhood escapades of Lord Krishna.

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Bengal

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In West Bengal, Janmashtami is celebrated as ‘Krishnashtami’ and ‘Nanda Utsav.’ Devotees observe a fast until midnight, the time when Lord Krishna was born, and then they break their fast. Elaborate swings called jhulan are beautifully decorated for the deity, and idols are dressed in new clothes and adorned with jewellery. People also come together to perform devotional songs and dance during the celebrations.

Gujarat

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In Gujarat, Janmashtami is a joyful occasion marked by ‘Rasa Lila’ performances. During these performances, scenes from Lord Krishna’s life, particularly his playful moments with the gopis (milkmaids), are brought to life through dance and drama. People also showcase their creativity by crafting intricate rangoli designs outside their homes. Additionally, traditional sweets such as churma, panjiri and mohanthal are lovingly prepared and presented as offerings to Lord Krishna.

Rajasthan

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In Rajasthan, Janmashtami is observed with ‘Phoolon Ki Holi,’ a unique celebration in which flowers and coloured powders replace the usual water and colours. Devotees visit temples, and there are processions featuring idols of Lord Krishna.

Punjab And Haryana

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In these regions, Janmashtami is marked by ‘Raas Leela’ performances, where individuals portray Lord Krishna’s joyful dance with the gopis. Homes and temples are adorned with vibrant flowers and intricate rangoli designs.

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