The radiant festival of Krishna Janmashtami celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, the 8th avatar of Vishnu. While this festival resonates across the globe, the jubilations in Mathura and Vrindavan are truly unparalleled. In 2023, the festivities stretch across two days, adding to the grandeur.
Janmashtami 2023: Celebrations in Mathura and Vrindavan
India • 31 Aug, 2023 • 1,893 Views
By: Shivani Chourasia
Dates to Remember
This year, as per the Drik Panchang, Janmashtami's auspicious Ashtami Tithi begins at 15:37 on September 6 and concludes at 16:14 on September 7. These timings indicate a continuous celebration over two days, ensuring back-to-back festivities.
The Unique Celebrations of Mathura & Vrindavan
Janmashtami in Mathura and Vrindavan holds special significance since these regions are deeply intertwined with Lord Krishna's early life. The ornate decorations in temples, shimmering with lights and draped in vibrant fabrics, set a festive ambience.
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Leading up to the main event, Mathura kickstarts the celebrations ten days in advance. The air is thick with devotion, filled with the sounds of Rasleelas, Bhajans, and Kirtans. As the day approaches, temples like Banke Bihari in Vrindavan and Krishna Janmabhoomi in Mathura see an influx of pilgrims.
Sacred Rituals and Traditions
The faithful immerse themselves in prayer, songs, and rituals, fasting until the symbolic birth of Lord Krishna at midnight. This momentous occasion is marked by the 'abhishek' ceremony where the idol of baby Krishna is anointed with various offerings like milk, yoghurt, and honey, accompanied by the reverberating sound of shankhs and bells. The celebrations peak with the offering of 'Chappan Bhog', a platter of 56 delectable dishes, as an offering to the deity.
The Enthusiasm of Dahi Handi
The morning after Janmashtami witnesses the vibrant Dahi Handi event in Mathura. In a show of team spirit and athleticism, groups form human pyramids to reach and break a curd-filled pot suspended high above. The breaking of the pot symbolizes the commencement of festive feasting.
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Krishna Janmashtami in Mathura and Vrindavan is not just a festival; it's an experience, a deep dive into traditions, faith, and the divine celebration of Lord Krishna's birth. The days are filled with devotion, joy, and a unity that binds everyone in the love of Krishna. If ever there's a place to truly feel the essence of Janmashtami, it's here.
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