23 August 2019
Bhubaneswar: From Lord Krishna's cradle to baby Krishna's clothes, shops are lined up with all things festive as it's time for Janmashtami, the annual Hindu festival marking the birth of Lord Krishna.
The birthday of Lord Krishna is celebrated annually on the eighth day of Krishna Paksha (the waning phase of moon) during the month of Bhadrapada in the traditional Hindu calendar.
Rituals begin at midnight by offering sweets to Lord Krishna. Devotees observe fast and offer prayers to the Lord. Friends and neighbours come together to enjoy special Janmashtami delicacies like kheer and halwa.
Many Indian states including Odisha observe Krishna Janmashtami as a gazetted holiday. To celebrate the day, Krishna temples are decorated, processions are taken out, and host of bhajans and kirtans take place. In Odisha, Puri Jagannath Temple and ISCKON temple in Bhubaneswar witness the highest footfalls.
The day is incomplete without 'Dahi Handi' celebrations. A group of govindas forming human pyramids to take on the challenge of breaking dahi handis is celebrated with much fanfare and amidst safety measures. The festival of Dahi Handi is largely inspired from the childhood tales of Lord Krishna, who was known for his love for dahi and makkhan.