Janmashtami Travel Destinations You Can’t Miss

Happy Janmashtami

Krishna Janmashtami is also known as Gokulashtami and is celebrated with great enthusiasm in India. Dahi Haandi and Raas Leela are the two most popular ways of celebrating Janmashtami. Instead of doing pooja at home and hopping from temple to temple, why not take a road trip and explore different parts of India to see how it is celebrated elsewhere. Our suggestions for places to travel during the Janamashtami time are some of the best to experience the occasion.

The Krishna Janmashtami is not only celebrated in India but also in different parts of the World like Nepal, Bangladesh, and Puri. We have covered the best 5 destinations for you to celebrate Lord Krishna’s birthday.

  1. Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh
    The best destination to visit during Janmashtami is Vrindavan in Mathura district, it is believed that Lord Krishna had spent his childhood in this city. A huge crowd can be seen in Vrindavan during this period. During this time, everyone can attend performances depicting Krishna’s life in temples throughout the city.
Vrindavan in Mathura district

The celebrations begin ten days before the festival. Professional artists are invited to perform their best performances, and the only sound that you can hear in the entire city is of bhajans and mantras which induce a feeling of divinity.

Vrindavan is a place where Krishna used to perform Raas-Leela with gopis. You’ll have a great time if you visit the city in Janmashtami.

2. Mathura, Uttar Pradesh
Janmashtami is one of the grandest festivals in Mathura, the town where Krishna was born. Bal Gopala’s birthday (a name of Krishna) is celebrated in town with everyone dressed in their best clothing.

Mathura

A Jhulan Utsav and Ghatas celebration is part of the celebration. Devotees of Krishna place his idol inside swings during Juhlan Utsav. Following this, the idol is adorned with jewelry, new clothes, milk, and honey. There is no better way to celebrate Janmashtami than in Mathura.

3. Dwarka, Gujarat
Dwarka is another city, famous for its immense grand celebration of Janmashtami. Devotees from all over the world visit the city in the month of Shravana for a grand celebration of Krishna Janmashtami.

Dwarka, Gujarat

You can feel the festive vibe all around the city during this period and that divine feeling will give you great pleasure. The celebration starts with the ‘mangal aarti’ and sumptuous offerings to the Lord, known as ’Utsav Bhog’ and ‘Banta Bhog’. Around 11 pm, the festival in Dwarka officially begins, and aarti is performed at 12 pm. Devotees can even explore the beautiful Krishna temples around the city.

4. Mumbai, Maharashtra
Krishna Janmashtami is popularly known as Gokulashtami in Maharashtra. Mumbai celebrates Janmashtami in an extraordinary way — Dahi Handi of Mumbai is popular all over India. Many competitions are held in different parts of Mumbai with a great prize for the winning team. Dahi Handi’s celebration shows the love of Lord Krishna for milk and butter.

Mumbai, Maharashtra

As a cultural representation of the same, a pot is strung high in the air, and a trained men’s group popularly known as ‘Govindas’ attempts to smash it at its peak! People gather in large numbers to cheer the groups participating in the competition, the crowd even showers the group with buckets full of water and water balloons. Numerous Bollywood movies have depicted this event in a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

5. Delhi, Uttar Pradesh
Delhi celebrates this day in a unique way, as many government offices, schools are closed on this special occasion.

Delhi, Uttar Pradesh

Lord Krishna’s procession is usually organized by temples in full splendor. ISKCON is an institute that spreads Krishna’s teachings, and you can witness the vigor of Janamashtmi at this temple in Delhi.

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