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August 19, 2011
Janamasthtami, also known as Krishna Janamasthtami is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Krishna, an avatar of the Hindu deity Vishnu. Lord Krishna is one of Hinduism's most loved God's, as he is considered to be a leader, hero, protector, philosopher, teacher and friend all rolled into one. Janamashtmi is celebrated on the Ashthami Tithi, the eight day of the dark half of the Krishna Paksha of the month of Bhadrapada in the Hindu calendar, when the Rohini Nakshtra is ascendant.
Here are some destinations in India where Janamashtami is celebrated with great vigour:
Mathura (Uttar Pradesh)
Mathura, located on the banks of the River Yamuna is a holy mythological town and is the birth place of Lord Krishna; being one of India's most popular tourist and pilgrimage destination.
Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh)
Located at a distance of 15 km north of Mathura on the banks of the River Yamuna, Vrindavan is closely associated with Lord Krishna and has some very renowned temples in India such as the Krishna Balram Mandir, Govinda Dev Temple and the Gopi Nath Temple among others.
Gokul (Uttar Pradesh)
Gokul is a town in the Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh and is located 15 km south east of Mathura. This is where Lord Krishna would play as a little child.
Dwarka (Gujarat)
The city of Dwarka, located in Gujarat is considered to be one of the seven most holy places for Hindus in India and is home to the famous Dwarkadhish Temple built in the 16th century CE. The original temple is supposed to have been built by Lord Krishna's great grandson King Vajra.
Mumbai (Maharashtra)
The city of Mumbai is the capital of the state of Maharashtra and celebrates Janamashtmi with great enthusiasm.
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