Janmashtami 2023: Visit these places to witness the grand celebration of Dahi Handi on Krishna Janmashtami!


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As the annual holy festival of Janmashtami is around the corner, there is confusion regarding the exact date of the festival. This festival is celebrated on the Ashtami Tithi of Krishna Paksha in the month of Bhadrapada and is also known as Gokulashtami, Shri Krishna Jayanti, Krishna Ashtami and Krishna Janmashtami. This year the holy festival will be celebrated on 6th and 7th September.

Here are some of the top places in India where you can enjoy Janmashtami celebrations and visit during the holidays.


Janmashtami is celebrated with great pomp in the city of Mathura as it is the birthplace of Lord Krishna. Jhoolnotsav and Ghat are two important festivals celebrated here. For the Juhlanotsav festival, people stop swinging the idols of Krishna in their homes. In a tradition known as Abhishek, the idols of Krishna are anointed with milk, curd, honey, and even ghee early in the morning.


Gokul, where Lord Krishna spent his early years with his devoted adoptive parents, Yashoda and Nanda, is the most important place associated with his upbringing. Because Krishna was taken from Mathura to Gokul after midnight, Gokul celebrates Janmashtami, also known as Gokulashtami, a day after the rest of the country. One day after the birth of Krishna, the people of Gokul came to know about his existence, so they decided to celebrate his birthday on that day.


In Vrindavan, the festival of Janmashtami starts ten days before Krishna's birthday. Govind Dev Temple of Vrindavan is one of the oldest temples in India. Nidhi Van, an iconic Krishna temple in the middle of a large grove of trees, is another notable place.


Guruvayur Temple, also known as the Dwarka of South India, is located in the Thrissur district of Kerala and is famous for its grand Krishna Janmashtami celebrations.