Janmashtami is celebrated across India with much devotion and enthusiasm. Hindus celebrate Janmashtami by keeping fasts, visiting Krishna or Vishnu temples and organising Dahi- handi competitions. Most of the Krishna temples across the nation organize recitation of Bhagavata Purana and Bhagavad Gita on Janmashtmi. This year, ISKCON Temple in Delhi will be organising an Online Darshan for the Krishna devotees due to COVID-19. Here are 10 Krishna temple that one can visit on Krishna Janmashtami.
Prem Mandir, Vrindavan: According to the pilgrims and the travellers, Prem Mandir is the most beautiful Hindu Temples in India. It is located on the outskirts of Vrindavan. In each and every corner of the temple, there are mirror paintings and figures, depicting the important events in Lord Krishna’s life. The fountain show in the evening brings out the best in Prem Mandir. (Image: Vrindavan Tourism)
Kesava Deo Temple/Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh: It is considered to be one of the most significant temples as it is built at the same place, which was once the prison where Lord Krishna was born. Janmashtami, Chhappan Bhog, Lathmar Holi are the main festivals celebrated in this temple with great enthusiasm. (Image: Uttar Pradesh Tourism)
Dwarkadhish Temple, Gujarat: Dwarkadhish is considered as one of the four Dhams (divine abodes), according to Hindu religious beliefs. The Dwarka means ‘Gate to Liberation’- ‘Dwara’ means door and ‘ka’ means eternal happiness.(Image: Gujarat Tourism)
Shri Keshavraj Temple, Beyt Dwarka: It is situated in the Beyt Dwarka, the actual abode of Lord Shri Krishna. As per belief, Pushkarna Brahmin along with Bhatia devotees, mostly from Sindh, Rajasthan, Kutch, Gujarat and Punjab, visit Keshavraj most often. (Image: Gujarat Tourism)
Banke Bihari Temple, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh: Built in the year 1864, the temple is located near Shri Radha Vallabh Temple. In Banke Bihari temple, Mangala-arati is performed only once a year on Janmashtami and devotees believe that attending this aarti is very auspicious.
Dwarkadheesh Temple, Mathura: This is one of the oldest and largest temples located in the North region of Mathura. It is mainly known for featuring the black Marble idol named Dwarkanath, and white marble idol of Sri Radharani. (Image: Mathura Tourism)
Govind Dev Ji Temple, Jaipur: Govind Dev Ji Mandir is located in the city palace of Jaipur. The main idol of the temple was brought by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur. Its grand architecture with decorated panels and columns is worth seeing. (Image: Jaipur Diaries)
Balakrishna Temple, Hampi, Karnataka: Krishna Temple in Hampi is difficult to reach but its unique architecture is worth all effort. It is enlisted in the UNESCO world heritage site. A distinctive feature of the temple is its tower walls. (Image: Hampi Tourism)
Udupi Sri Krishna Matha, Udupi, Karnataka: Udupi is a popular Lord Krishna Temple in South India. The temple is located near the coastal region of Western Ghats. (Image: Rekha Dayani)
Sri Sri Radha Madhan Mohan Mandir, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh: This temple is located on the top of Dwadasa Aditya Tila, 50 feet high hill. It was the first temple to be built in Vrindavan. (Image: Vrindavan Tourism)