The birthplace of Krishna, Mathura is splendidly decked up on the occasion. During this time, the swings of Krishna’s cradle dresses up in pretty flowers. The main celebration takes place at Mathura’s Krishna Janma Bhoomi Mandir.

2. Maharashtra

We must have seen the act of Dahi Handi in many popular movie scenes and songs. In this practice, a pitcher of curd is hung at a great height from ground level. Young boys, symbolizing Lord Krishna, form a pyramid, and one particular person climbs up the pyramid to crack the pitcher. They chant ‘Govinda, Govinda’ while taking part in the stunt.

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3. Dwarka, Gujarat

Dwarka, Gujarat has earned a historic recognition as the kingdom of Lord Krishna. The Dwarkadhish Temple is thus dedicated to him. On the day of Janmashtami, the temple premises look breathtaking with an array of beautiful lights and vibrant decorations. The Dwarkadhish Temple worships Krishna in his infant form, with kirtans and bhajans. The temple authorities embellish Lord Dwarkadhish with gold, diamond and other precious jewellery. On this occasion, women all across Gujarat give up their household work for a day and play cards.

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4. Manipur

The Hindus in Imphal celebrate the festival offering prayers to Shri Shri Govindajee temple, Imphal, ISKCON and awe-inspiring Manipuri performances, dedicated to the Lord, take place during this time.

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5. Odisha and West Bengal

In the eastern part of India, states like Odisha and West Bengal celebrate Janmashtami by fasting and offering many regional sweets to Gopal or baby Krishna. The Bhagavata Purana is read from the 10th chapter, a section committed to Krishna’s life. An elaborate meal or bhoga of more than 400 items is offered to Lord Krishna as prasad. During Janmashtami, the households of Bengal prepare an extremely delish sweet dish known as the Taler boda or sugar palm fritter.
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6. Andhra Pradesh

Devotees of Andhra Pradesh sing devotional songs and recite shlokas during this festival.  Young boys of the state dress up as Lord Krishna on the occasion to visit friends and neighbours. A large variety of fruits and sweets are offered to Lord Krishna. People here usually worship the paintings of Krishna instead of idols.

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Want to be a part of these celebrations? Well, in that case, you might have to wait till next year. But, this year, ISKCON temples all across India are celebrating Janmashtami online so that can immerse in the vibes of festivity virtually.  Meanwhile, here’s a pandal hopping experience through the streets of Kolkata during the city’s biggest festival, Durga Puja: