India Thursday celebrated the festival of Janmashtami to mark the birth of Lord Krishna, the eight incarnation of Hindu god Lord Vishnu, with joy and fervor across the country.
This blessed festival was not just celebrated in Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna but the euphoria pervaded all over India, including western states like Maharashtra and Gujarat, and the southern states like Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, where thousands queued up to mark the auspicious occasion.
In fact, the ritual started Wednesday which was followed by a night-long vigil commemorating the birth of Krishna, and his immediate removal by his father to a foster-home. At midnight, the deity of Krishna is bathed, placed in a cradle and worshipped. The fast is completed after a special prayer.
Women drew patterns of little children's feet outside their house with rice-flour paste, walking towards the house.
"This symbolizes the entry of the infant Krishna into his foster-home. This is performed to recreate incidents from life of Krishna and commemorate his love for Radha," said Ruby Bhatia, a housewife in Delhi.
"The festival is thus celebrated with great joy and communal togetherness by one and all," said Dona Dasgupta, a housewife based in Mumbai.