Krishna Janmashtami is one of the most observed Hindu festivals in India. It is celebrated in almost all temples dedicated to Lord Krishna. But in some temples the Krishna Janmashtami being special for their unique ceremonial rituals. Here are the 10 most famous temples you should visit this Janmashtami.
Krishna Janam Bhoomi Temple (Mathura)
Krishna Janam Bhoomi is one of the holiest places for Sanatan Dharmas (Hindus). Krishna was born at midnight so the celebrations lead up to that time after which various poojas and rituals take place in the temples. The main event, however, is held at the actual location of Krishna’s birth which is now converted into a big Krishna Janma Bhoomi Mandir. The idol is kept in a room called Garbha Griha. over 8 lakh devotees come to Mathura & Vrindavan every year to participate in the Janmashtami festival and offer prayers and witness the grand celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna. Radha Ashtami is also celebrated in this temple with lots of excitement.
Dwarkadheesh Temple (Mathura)
Dwarkadheesh is one of the oldest and largest temples of Mathura, (Uttar Pradesh) in India along the Yamuna River and also one of the major pilgrimages of India. It is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. The Temple welcomes thousands of devotees and visitors from different parts of the world to receive the blessings of Lord Krishna and also to celebrate HINDOLA FESTIVAL during the Occasion – Janamasthmi and Holi as the temple is famous for Swing Festival (Jhoola) which is celebrated in the month of Shravan Mass
Banke Bihari Temple (Vrindavan)
The Bankey Bihari temple was constructed in 1864 with the contribution of Goswamis. There is a different and unique style of celebrating every festival in the Bankey Bihari temple. Temple is decorated with lights and various types of flowers according to the festival observed.
The sewa of the Bihariji is unique in its own way. It is performed in three parts every day ie Shringar, Rajbhog, and Shayan. While shringar (which includes bath, dressing, and adornment with jewelry like crown and necklaces) and Rajbhog(feast) are offered in the forenoon, Shayan Sewa (Shayan means sleep) is offered in the evening.
The charm and beauty of Shri Banke Bihariji is the only reason why the ‘darshan’ in the temple is never continuous but is broken by the curtain drawn on him regularly. It is also said that if one stares long enough into the eyes of Shri Banke Bihariji, the person would lose his self-consciousness.
Prem Mandir (Vrindavan)
Prem Mandir is a newly constructed temple and is the most beautiful in the Brij area. Prem Mandir is constructed entirely of Italian marble. The musical fountain along with the light display leaves hundreds of people awestruck. The lighting of the temple is used in a very modern way and within the intervals of 5-10 minutes, it changes its color. The Festival of Janmashtami and Radha Ashtami is celebrated at the grand Level in this temple. The Events related to the Life of Lord Krishna are depicted in a very beautiful manner.
Dwarkadhish Temple (Gujarat)
Dwarkadheesh Temple is a sacred place for all the Hindus across the country and is known as one of the chaar dhaam pilgrimages. The Dwarkadheesh Temple is well known for its Krishnashtami (Janamasthmi )celebrations. Hindus celebrate this occasion by fasting and staying up until midnight, the time when Krishna is believed to have been born. Utsav Bhog is offered to Lord around 11:30 PM. the devotees welcome the Lord at 12 midnight with immense enthusiasm and joy. After nearly two-hour celebrations, the temple closes at 2 AM after the Maha Bhog offerings to Lord Krishna.
Guruvayur Temple (Kerala)
Guruvayur temple is also known as “Bhooloka Vaikunta” which means the abode of Vishnu on earth. Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple is one of Kerala’s most popular pilgrimage sites and the fourth largest temple in India in terms of the number of devotees visiting per day. This popular Krishna temple in Kerala celebrates the Sreekrishna Jayanti (Ashtami Rohini) or Janamasthmi with lots of enthusiasm and devotion and his idol is made of Patalanjana stone which has special medicinal properties and thus makes the idol unique. The deity in the form of ‘baby Krishna’ or Laddu Gopal is decorated with gold ornaments; tulsi and rose garlands, and is the main attraction during the Janmashtami festival. Paal Payasam (Milk Kheer) and Neyyappam are the two significant delicacies prepared and distributed amongst the devotees who enjoy the ritualistic mass feast organized by the temple authorities.
Khunya Murlidhar (Mumbai)
The Khunya Murlidhar temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and the Radhakrishna idol of the temple is created in marble by Bakhatram, a famous Jaipur sculptor. The Janmashtami celebration in Maharashtra is incomplete without the Dahi Handi ceremony performed by young boys and kids. Few teams practice for months to perform on this day and wait for the cash prizes as a reward. One could witness the crowd getting mad at the love of Shri Krishna showing their dance performances on the “Govinda Ala Re” song. Maharashtrian prepare a special dish known as Gopalkala for their Lord Krishna. The drum beats act no less than the flute music of the pied piper that can hypnotize the Krishna devotees in his love.
Iskcon Temple (Delhi)
ISKCON was personally directed by its Founder-Acharya Srila Prabhupada until his departure on November 14, 1977. ISKCON Temple Delhi celebrates one of the largest Janmashtami celebrations in the last 20 years. Basically, The festivities last’s for 12 days beginning with a Srimad Bhagavat Katha for a week, followed by a Shoba yatra. Hundreds of devotees work tirelessly to ensure that the thousands of devotees and visitors who flock to the temple have a comfortable darshan of Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathii on Janmashtami day.
Rani Sati Temple (Rajasthan)
Rani Sati Temple is a well – Known Temple situated in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan. Rani Sati temple is famous for its magnificent and extraordinary paintings and is one of the oldest presented Indian pilgrimages. A special Pujan Utsav is held on the occasion of Janmashtami and People from all over the country visit this place to offer their Puja to Goddess Sati Devi (Dadi maa) and Lord Krishna as this temple is also dedicated to Lord Krishna and thus this festival is celebrated with a great enthusiasm with various. A special Aarti and delicious ‘Prasad’ distribution takes place after the birth of Lord Krishna.
Udupi Shree Krishna Matha Temple (Karnataka)
Udupi Shree Krishna Matha temple is one of the popular Krishna temples in Karnataka, where the deity is decked up by jewels by his followers. Janmashtami preparation takes place in full swing in South Indian states too. Many sweets and delicious delicacies are made on this occasion however ladoos and chakkuliis stand out as they are believed to be the favorite of the Mahaprabhu. Arghya Pradana is the most important part of the celebration that involves the offering of milk and water to the Lord which includes a tiger dance performance by musicians followed by other cultural programs.