Krishna eating butter

Janmashtami, one of the major Hindu festivals, is the celebration of the birthday of Lord Krishna. Devotees observe fast the whole day and worship him at the night listening and singing songs, mantras, and legends of Krishna. Millions of Hindus across the world celebrate this special occasion with great pomp and show. The birthplace of Mathura, Vrindavan and Dwaraka comes alive with major celebrations.

People enact shows and plays that depict the wonderful life of Krishna through Raslilas or religious plays. One of the main highlights is the spiritual love between Krishna and Radha.

Krishna temples are decorated for the occasion all over the world with cradles and baby statutes of Krishna that depict the birth of Krishna. At midnight people gather to offer prayers, celebrate with devotional music and dance.

We have compiled information on this festival which includes legends, traditions, recipes, celebrations that surround the festival. Here is an index of all the information available on Krishna Janmashtami.