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August 10, 2012

Hindus celebrate Janmashtami

Mumbai/Mathura:Hundreds of Hindu devotees on Friday celebrated Gokulashtami ,also known as Janmashtami, the birth day of Lord Krishna. They also participated in ‘Dahi Handi’, which was staged to the tunes of famous jingle ‘Govinda Aalare Aala’ in Mumbai. The ritual of Dahi Handi involves youth forming a human pyramid and breaking an earthen pot that contains curd. As per Hindu mythology, as a child, Lord Krishna used to steal butter from earthen pots, which were tied and suspended at an unreachable height. In Mathura , the Janmashtami festival was also celebrated with aplomb. Mathura is Lord Krishna’s birthplace. People turned up in huge numbers to pay obeisance to Lord Krishna at the temples and celebrated the occasion with festivities. Devotees were heard chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Rama. Janmashtami is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Krishna who is regarded as the eighth incarnation of Hindu deity Vishnu, the Preserver of the Universe. According to Hindu mythology, it is believed that Krishna was born at midnight on this day. Janmashtami is observed on the Ashtami Tithi, the eighth day of the month of Bhadrapada in the Hindu almanac. Lord Krishna is believed to have come to the earth to destroy an evil king called Kansa, who was his maternal uncle, and ruled some parts of northern India , with Mathura as his capital. Lord Krishna, however, is revered more for the Bhagwad Gita, the Hindu scripture, the Song of Celestial Bliss, that he is believed to have delivered to the Pandav Prince Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, as depicted in the Hindu epic Mahabharata.

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