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Jaipur celebrates Janamashtami with fasting, devotional singing and discourses till late night
In Jaipur, a large numbers of devotees celebrated the festival of Janmashatmi by fasting, creating tabloids at homes using small idols of Krishna and toys, singing devotional songs, offering worship, name chanting and staying up awake until midnight of August 25, when Krishna is believed to have been born.

In some neighbourhood houses girls dressed up as Krishna and gopis put of raas lila dance.

The Napalese in Jaipur also celebrated the festival with devotion and fervour through fasting, worshipping and dressing up their small children like Krishna.

People thronged to the temple of Govind Dev ji in the wee hours of this morning too to pay homage to the deity and joined the devotees which had kept awake for the night at the temple complex. The celebrations will continue today too at the temple.

At few places, special discourses were held on Srimad Bhagavad Gita which describes the philosophy and art of living through the dialogues between Krishna as the charioteer-mentor to warrior Arjuna who got into a dilemma whether to wage a war against his own relatives or not.

In the discourse, it was told that Lord Krishna enlightened Arjuna by urging him to do his duty with equanimity as his dharma. He also narrated about four paths of righteous living and media to moksha called karma yoga, bhakti yoga, janan yoga and raj yoga related to detached action, unflinching devotion, soul-realisation and meditation.

At Govind Dev ji temple, the festivities will continue today also as Navami celebrations for the newborn Krishna and some related ceremonies will take place.

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