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Jaipur to celebrate Janmasthami for two days with additional attractions
In Jaipur, on Janmasthami this year, besides the festivities and cultural events at famous Govind Dev Ji Temple in Jaipur, another event is attracting attention of devotees – the Natkhat Mataki Phod Mahotsava – as a fun and prank activity in performing art format.

Bal Gopal Krishna is known for playing pranks and mischief in his childhood, it is believed.

The event is being organised by local Shri Krishna Youth Club along with devotional cultural evening with jhankis and fireworks. Jaipur has a large number of devotees of Govind Dev Ji and they have set up small swings and cribs with idols of baby Krishna, rangoli and festival related artefacts in their houses.

This year, the festival is being celebrated for two days – August 14 and 15. Those who believe in Vaishnavism will celebrate on August and rest on the next day.

At Govind Dev Ji Temple, Rafeek's family, belonging to Islam, plays shehnai to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna which is an example of religious amity. The family is invited by the temple administration and they have been living this tradition for many decades now. Their music based on the tunes of devotional songs and classical ragas create a joyful environment on the temple premises.

Here are some famous quotations from the Gita ascribed to Lord Krishna.

-There are three gates to this self-destructive hell: lust, anger, and greed. Renounce these three.

-Pleasure from the senses seems like nectar at first, but it is bitter as poison in the end. That which seems like poison at first, but tastes like nectar in the end – this is the joy of sattva, born of a mind at peace with itself.

-They are forever free who renounce all selfish desires and break away from the ego-cage of "I," "me," and "mine" to be united with the lord. This is the supreme state. Attain to this, and pass from death to immortality.

-You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work. You should never engage in action for the sake of reward, nor should you long for inaction.

-The senses are higher than the body, the mind higher than the senses; above the mind is the intellect, and above the intellect and wisdom is the atman. Thus, knowing that which is supreme, let the atman rule the ego.

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