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Devotees throng Jaipur's Govind Dev Ji temple for eight-day Krishna Janmashtami festival
In Jaipur, the eight-day festival of Krishna Janmashtami is in full swing at the Govind Dev Ji temple that will culminate on September 5 as the main celebration. Every-day devotional singing and cultural programmes are being put up with devout thronging the temple. The temple is situated in the City Palace complex and the image of the deity was brought from Vrindavan here by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur.
The festival has become much popular at the Govind Dev Ji temple since it believed that Lord Krishna's image in the temple is the replica of his appearance during his incarnation on Earth. ehe visit to the temple is considered to be most auspicious in the current month of Bhadrapad with a number of events related to Krishna and Radha being celebrated on the temple premises. After Janmashtmi, Nandotsava on Navmi with a Shobha Yatra is organised.

In various homes in Jaipur, the preparations are on to establish small cradles and decorations for the midnight on ashtami when the statue of infant Krishna will be bathed and placed in a cradle to be rocked amidst the blowing of conch shells, ringing of bells and singing of devotional songs.

Lord Krishna, who is the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, was born during Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the month of Bhadrapad as per the Hindu calendar. Activities like Rasa Lila and the Dahi Handi events are becoming popular to celebrate Krishna's cheerful and playful side of the otherwise serious Lord seen as protector, philosopher, guide, teacher and friend rolled in one.

I still remember my childhood days when in Kurukshetra at midnight of the festival day, everyone in the neighbourhood shouted 'Haathi Ghoda Palki Jai Kanhaiya Lal Ki'! with the distribution of sweets called 'pede'.

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