Krishna Janmashtami 2022: Top 10 places for the best party experience

Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated to observe the birthday of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. Each region has its traditions of remembering Lord Krishna by singing devotional songs and hymns, creating cues, preparing feasts, breaking Dahi-Handi, fasting and praying together.

Although the great event is celebrated across India and the world by devotees, few states truly represent the joyous spirit of Lord Krishna. Among all the unique celebrations, here is a list of top 10 places and how they celebrate Krishna Janmashtami.

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Vrindavan – Mathura

Devotees light lamps to celebrate Diwali at the Keshev Dev temple in Mathura.

Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated with great energy and zeal in Lord Krishna’s home town of Mathura. It is also believed that Krishna spent much of his childhood in Vrindavan. Devotees from different parts of India visit the temples of Mathura to witness the positive energy. Be it Vrindavan or Mathura, both cities are considered sacred by devotees.

Various temples are decorated with flower petals and lights and are open all day for devotees. Honestly, a few weeks before Krishna Janmasthami, Vrindavan and Mathura start preparations wholeheartedly. The most special thing is Raas Lila, based on excerpts from Bhagwat Puran, which is performed on stage.

Dwarka, Gujarat

City of Dwarka

City of Dwarka

Historically, Dwarka was called the kingdom of Lord Krishna. There is a temple named Dwarkadhish dedicated to him. The Krishna Janmashtami, the temple is prepared for the celebrations of baby Krishna. Lord Dwarkadhish is adorned with silver, gold, diamonds and precious jewels.

Devotees sing hymns and women are freed from household chores and play cards on this day. The Dahi-Handi is celebrated under a different name, namely Makhan Handi. Tourists from different regions come here to celebrate the festival.


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The celebrations are quite different in Maharashtra. Krishna Janmashtami is a modern concept from Maharashtra. People celebrate Dahi Handi and Gokulashtami by dancing in the streets and playing local songs for Lord Krishna.

While Maharashtra traditions may be a little different, Dahi Handi is the most anticipated event where young boys make a human pyramid to crack the buttermilk pot suspended 30 feet or more.

Tamil Nadu

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Tamil Nadu Source: Unknown

South India is relatively different from the northern belt in terms of festivals. Although musical dramas and staged performances are common, the foods and desserts are quite different.

In Tamil Nadu, people observe a fast, draw patterns or kolam and recite the Bhagwad Gita.

West Bengal and Odisha

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Odisha and West Bengal celebrate Lord Krishna by offering regional sweets to child Krishna. A full meal is offered to Lord Krishna in prasad.

On the other hand, Bengali households prepare ‘Taler Boda’ or sugar palm fritter, an extremely sweet dish.


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Source of Goa: Unknown

Goa is not just a travel destination but a great way to witness the fusion of different cultures. Women place colorful Rangoli in front of their houses and adorn the deity of Lord Krishna with flowers early in the morning. People sing bhajans while presenting milk and Dahi as prasad.


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Krishna Janmashtami festival is celebrated with lots of energy and fun in the pink city of Jaipur. There is a temple named Krishna Balaram temple in the city of Jaipur which is a replica of Balaram temple in Vrindavan. Inside the premises, there is a Govind dev Ji temple in the City Palace.

There was an image brought by Raja Sawai Jai Singh 2 from Vrindavan which is said to have been made by Lord Krishna’s great grandson and was made by someone close to him.

Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh source: istock images

Andhra Pradesh source: istock images

Andhra Pradesh is another renowned state with beautiful culture and delicious foods. Although there are no details on the food, it is better to buy a few things.

People sing hymns and devotional songs, chant mantras and paint to celebrate the free spirit of Lord Krishna.


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Source: Manipur Tourism

The only northeastern state on this list takes full advantage of Janmashtami by visiting temples and donating money. Vaishnavism had become mainstream by 1700.

There are Manipuri shows, different cultural dances, songs and programs to make it more interesting.


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In Udupi Karnataka, there is a matha which is among the main shrines. Although it may not be as cheerful as Vrindavan or Mathura, Karnataka has a rich culture.

On this day, the baby Krishna is fed with different things, and the identification of this baby with Lord Balakrishna is considered the main deity
(Written by Zuhair Zaidi)

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