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Colourful Janmashtami celebrations

Last updated on: September 2, 2010 15:08 IST

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The auspicious festival of Janmashtami, the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, is being celebrated across the country with great enthusiasm today.

Image: Children dressed as Lord Krishna wait for a fancy dress competition
Photographs: Ajay Verma/Reuters
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Temples in Delhi were decorated with flowers and colourful lights on the occasion. Special security arrangements have been made at temples including the Birla Mandir, Jhandewalan, the International Society of Krishna Consciousness, Chhattarpur and the Gauri Shankar Mandir.

Image: A boy dressed as Lord Krishna during Janmashtami celebrations
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According to the police, CCTV cameras and watch towers have also been installed around these temples to keep a close watch on potential suspects to avoid any untoward incidents. Security has also been tightened at all the market places.

Image: A boy plays with a mobile phone in front of idols of Lord Krishna
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In Uttar Pradesh, the festival is being celebrated with enthusiasm, peace and gaiety.

The temples, especially those at Mathura and Vrindavan and ISKCON temples in several cities of the state have been decorated for the occasion.


Image: A devotee is reflected in a mirror next to pictures of Lord Krishna
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At the Bankey Bihari Temple in Vrindavan, the Krishna Janma Bhoomi and Dwarakadhish Temple in Mathura, the festival is celebrated at night. Devotees perform the Mangla Darshan at midnight.

Adequate security arrangements have been made in Mathura. The railways have announced the plying of seven special trains for devotees coming to Mathura to celebrate Janmashtami.


Image: Devotees stand in a queue in front of the Krishna Temple in Patan
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Meanwhile, Mumbaikars woke up to the sounds of youngsters going around the city in processions, vying for the prized 'dahi handis'.

With prizes as high as Rs 31 lakh at some places, the youngsters, including some all-women troupes, wounded their way to the 'handis' in Mumbai and adjoining Thane, vying for the prizes.


Image: Visually impaired children form a human pyramid as they try to break a Dahi Handi
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The objective is to break a clay pot filled with butter or curd, tied to a rope as high as 40 feet. Youngsters form a pyramid to reach the handi and attempt to break it, even as their efforts are attempted to be thwarted by water splashed on them by those gathered.

Image: A visually impaired boy breaks a Dahi Handi
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Lord Krishna was born on the eighth day of the dark fortnight in Shravan month. The day is celebrated as Janmashtami.

Today is also being celebrated as the Gopal Kala, which literally means to eat different types of food mixed together, as Krishna is believed to have done with his cowherd friends.


Image: Children dressed as Lord Krishna and goddess Radha participate in a rally
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Last year, the swine flu scare subdued the 'dahi handi' celebrations in Mumbai. This year, the festival comes in the backdrop of rising malaria cases in the financial capital.

Of the over 600 Govinda mandals in the city, the most popular are at Dadar and Worli in central Mumbai. The event is expected to continue throughout the day and late into the night.


Image: A vendor sells garlands of marigold flowers on Janamashtmi
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