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Week-long Krishna Janmashtami festival begins in Jaipur's Govind Dev Ji temple
Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated as a week-long festival at the famous Govind Dev Ji temple situated at the City Palace complex in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The festival began on August 22 and will continue till August 30. It is held that the image of Lord Krishna was brought from Vrindavan to Jaipur by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur, to be installed in the City Palace temple complex.

During the week-long festival, devotional singing, classical dances including Rasleela will be held by noted artists of the state and the country on the premises of the temple. Devotees and performing art lovers have started thronging the temple to attend special programmes in the evening.

According to the organizers of the festival, everyday devotional singing will take place from 7.30 to 9.30 pm. On August 23, Seema Misra and Deepapak Mathur will perform on the temple complex. Other performers on different days have been listed on the temple's website. On August 26, Krishana Leela will be performed by 100 artists.

A special programme will be held on August 29 and a procession will be taken out on August 30, which will pass through Caleb Chow, Bade Cheaper, New Gate, Chandpole and terminate at Gopinathji Temple, which also concludes the festival.

It is noteworthy that for the devotees and followers of Lord Krishna, Gavin Dev Jib temple is one of the most important temples outside Vrindavan. In this temple, 'Aartis' and 'Bhog' are offered to the idol seven times a day and thousands of tourists and devotees visit the temple daily and even larger number visit during the week-long Janmashtami festival.

Janmashtami is a Hindu festival to mark the birth of Lord Krishna, an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu. It is observed on the eighth day (Ashtami Tithi) of the dark half (Krishna Paksha) of the month of Bhadra, according to the Hindu calendar. This year, it is being celebrated overlapplingly on August 29 and 30.

Hindus believe that Lord Krishna is the eight incarnation of God Vishnu. He was born as the 8th child of Devaki and Vasudeva, who killed the demon king Kansa, who happened to be his maternal uncle.

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