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Mathura, Aug 24: Krishna Janmashtami also known as Gokulashtami marks the birthday celebration of Lord Krishna. Lakhs of devotees have arrived in Mathura, considered to be the birthplace of Krishna, on the occasion of Janmashtami. Mathura is gearing up for yet another colourful celebration of Krishna Janmashtami. According to the Hindu calendar, Janmashtami is celebrated on the eighth day of the dark fortnight in Bhadrapad month or on ashtami of Krishnapaksha.

This year Janmashtami falls on Thursday, August 25. The Janmashtami is celebrated across India with great enthusiasm. Special arrangements have been made for devotees in Mathura. Mathura has historical and religious importance in Hinduism.

According to Hindu religion, Mathura is one of the sites that grant moksha or salvation to the pilgrims visiting it. On the birthday occasion of Lord Krishna, religious plays called Ras Leela will be shown. The main theme of the play is about Krishna’s love for Radha, however it also showcases dramatic enactment of events from Krishna’s life. In Mathura, all temples are being decorated ahead of the Krishna Janmashtami. Workers from Mathura, Banaras and Rajasthan are working day and night to make temples as beautiful as they can. The Kamal Kunj Bangla is especially decorated ahead of the Janmashtami. A Kamal Kunj Bangla is being built with 20 kilogram silver. The wall of the structure is being pained with the colourful images depicting life events of Lord Krishna.

On Krishna Janmashtami, devotees also celebrate Dahi Handi festival which celebrates God’s playful side wherein they used to break the pot of curd which was kept at the height. Children dress up as Lord Krishna gestures ahead of Janmashtami celebrations. Krishna Janmashtami festival is followed by the festival Nandotsav, which is the occasion when Nanda Baba distributed gifts to the community in honour of the birth. The saints and priests will begin puja (prayers) from 6:00 pm onwards on August 24. A lot of events related to Janmashtami will be held entire night and in the wee hours of the August 25, a special puja will be held to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna on Janmashtami.