New Delhi: With the day marking the birth of Lord Krishna, the nation, North Indian in particular, is celebrating Janmashtami with full fervor & gaiety. On this day, people visit Lord Krishna temples to pray for their well being & happiness in life.
As per the Hindu calendar, Janmashtami is celebrated on 8th day of the dark fortnight which is called Ashtami of Krishna Paksha of the month Bhadrapada. This year Janmashtami started on 18th august and will last till 19th August.
Lord Krishna is believed to be the 8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu and is worshipped all over the world. This festival is also known as Krishnashtami, Krishna Jayanti, Gokulashtami, Yadukulashtami, and Srikrishna Jayanti in different regions. Dahi handi is also celebrated on this day.
On this day, people keep fast & visit temples to offer prayers to the Kanha.
A look at 5 Lord Krishna temples you must consider visiting:
1) Dwarkadhish Temple, Gujarat
Located in Dwarka city of Gujarat, the temple is considered one of the destinations of Char Dham and also the city is believed to be one of Sapta puri, the 7 holy cities of India. Dwarka was the kingdom where Lord Krishna ruled for many years.
2) Banke Bihari Temple
It is one of the most well-known Krishna temple, situated in Vrindavan. Bells are not used in this temple to awaken ‘Kanha’ in the morning. This is due to the notion that Krishna should be softly awakened in the manner of a little child.
3) Jugal Kishore Temple
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna killed the horse demon Keshi along the Yamuna River. Today, the place where he performed this brave act is known as a temple called the Keshi Ghat Temple, also called the Jugal Kishore Temple. This temple is built with red stones.
4) Rajagopalaswamy Temple
Srividhya Rajagopalaswamy temple is situated in the town of Mannargudi, Tamil Nadu, India. This temple is devoted to Rajagopalaswamy which is a form of lord Krishna. This temple is also known as Dakshina Dwarka (Southern Dwarka) along with Guruvayoor.
5) Jagannath Temple, Puri
It is a temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath who is a form of Lord Krishna .This temple is located in Puri, Odisha. It is the only temple where Lord Krishna is worshipped with his siblings Subhadra (his younger sister) and Balbhadra aka Balram (his elder brother).