Janmashtami in Gurgaon started with the Rain Gods pouring in their blessings. All over India, Krishna is celebrated and revered by people in their own special way.
HEAVY RAINS washed Gurgaon just before Janmashtami. As already believed by a lot of people, the auspicious day of the birth of Krishna is always marked with rainfall and likewise this year too the Gods have not failed to deliver as it rained a day before Janmashtami. With an incessant drizzle, Gurgaon is celebrating the birthday of Krishna on August 10. While the entire India is making preparations their own way, Gurgaon has also geared up for the event.
Iskon temples all over the country are super busy today what with all the rituals and the following celebrations. Here in Gurgaon a grand event is being organized at the HUDA Gymkhana by the Iskon committee on Friday to mark the event. This time they are trying to keep the event simple as compared to last year so that the maximum number of people can be included for the celebrations of Krishna.
Varanasi, a place of religion and festivities, also gearings up each year for the occasion. Each temple, big and small is beautifully decorated and Lord Krishna is welcomed in his human form on a swing and lots of sweets. The University, Banaras Hindu University, also marks the day with a holiday as students decorate their hostel and a number of competitions take place after the prayers.
For people in Mangalore, the birth of Lord Krishna also means another celebration that goes by the name Mosaru Kudike and Hulivesha. It is a festival like that of the Dahi Handi celebrated in North and involves poojas and aratis, abhisheka, jhulan utsav . Many people around India also celebrate the festival at their home by installing miniature swings with look-alike of Krishnas as well as charity work. All in all the birth of Krishna heralds festivities as well as charities.