India is a diverse country and known for various festivals that are celebrated throughout the year. And, one of the fe festivals is Janmashtami.
The Krishna Janmashtami also known as Gokulashtami is an Hindu festival which celebrates the birth of Krishna an avatar of Lord Vishnu who is the supreme godhead of all gods including Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.
This festival is observed on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in Bhadrapada as per to the Hindu lunisolar calendar.
This 5248th Birth Anniversary of Lord Krishna.
The ISKCON temple celebrates Lord Krishna's birth anniversary on a huge scale with chanting bhajans and singing and dancing.
Another place that celebrates the birth of Vishnu avatar with enthusiasm is Mathura which was also his birthplace, people play with colours to celebrate the Lord's birth.
According to a ritual many people keep a fast on this day and chants bhajans and kirtans.
The story of Lord Krishan's birth is narrated and plays are preformed, enacting the life of Lord Krishna in many places.
Lord Vishnu avatar Krishna was born at midnight and people perform puja at the same time by bathing the Bal Gopal in honey, milk, curd, ghee and water which is know as the 'Panchamrit' and new clothes are offered to him.
Many people follows the tradition of swinging the Bal Gopal in a cradle on this auspicious day.
A number of materials used for performing the including a clean chowki, yellow or red coloured cloth, an idol of Bal Gopal, cucumber, Panchamrit, Gangajal, sandalwood for tilak, incense, incense sticks, intact butter because Bal Gopal loved eating butter, sweets and basil leaves, etc.