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Celebration in Mathura & Vrindavan
Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna celebrates this festival with great enthusiasm. The main celebrations of this festival are performed at the Dwarkadhish Temple. Jhulanotsavs and the Ghatas take place during the entire month of Sravan. The ghatas are the characteristic and unique feature of the celebrations, which goes on for the entire month. During the ghatas of a particular colour, the whole temple is decorated in the same color. Even the deities are attired in the same color. The twin cities of Mathura and Vrindavan celebrate the festival with equal fervor. There are around more than four hundred temple dedicated to Lord Krishna in this sacred city. Some of the major temples are Banke Bihari, Rangaji, Shri Krishna Balaram Temple and Gopinath temple.
The grand celebration at Mathura takes place at the actual birth place of Lord Krishna, which has now been rechristened into a grand temple known as Krishna Janma Bhoomi Mandir. Inside this temple, the statue of Lord's idol is placed in a room also known as the ‘Garbha Griha'. Here in Mathura, people celebrate all the Janmasthami.
celebrations at this temple. They religiously decorate the temple and their home in order to welcome their deity.
The celebration goes on for two days, in which they celebrate their first day by keeping day-long fast and celebrations and feast at midnight after the birth time of Bhagwan Krishna. The second day is also the day of celebratiosn and feasting. The entire city of Mathura is immersed in the devotion of Lord Krishna by singing, dancing and chanting in the names of Lord Krishna. It is expected that every year about 8 lakhs devotees turn up in Mathura on this occasion and the number is increasing day by day.
Krishna-Janmotsava (Midnight celebrations)
The midnight celebration is the celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna. It comprises of Pooja and other rituals. During the Pooja, the idol of Lord Krishna is bathed with milk and curd (panchamrit) and then rocked in the cradle. It is said that if you make any holy wish while cradling Lord Krishna with full heart, it is certain to be fulfilled. The entire Mathura city of Mathura gets immersed in the devotion of Krishna and the echoes of Krishna bhajan and bells. Lord is here fed with prasad of ‘Chhapan Bhog' (Fifty six dishes). Later the devotees break their fast with these ‘bhog' and panchamrit.
Performance of Rasleelas
The entire city of Mathura is then flooded with performance of the Rasleelas of Krishna by professional and amateur artists. Some of them are so mesmerizing that the devotees get overwhelmed with their devotion for Lord Krishna.
A Jhanki is a series of scenes depicting the various phases of one's life. In a Krishna Jhanki, the different stages of the life of Lord Krishna are shown all over the Mathura. They include interesting incidents like - Janmlila, Shankarlila, Putanalila and Naglila.
It is only in the Mathura City that during Jhulanotsav, the swings are hanged in courtyard of temples and all the houses to welcome baby Lord Krishna. The swings are decorated with beautiful flowers and bells to give a festive look.
The celebration of Sri Krishna's birth in Mathura is incomplete without Ghatas. It is a month-long exclusive feature, wherein all the temples of Mathura are adorned with the same color as per the selected theme. Even the idol of Lord Krishna is decorated with the same color.
Celebration in Varanasi
The Tulsi Ghat at Varanasi takes on a festive look during this festival. The festival is celebrated for twenty days. The Kirshna Leela is staged of which the Nag - Nathaiya Leela, one of the episodes of Krishna Leela is extremely famous. An artist dressed as Lord Krishna jumps into the river and emerges on the serpent hood of Shesh Nag. Thousands of people gather on the ghats to witness this grand occasion.