From Dwarka to Mathura, devotees throng temples, attend midnight aarti on Janmashtami

Mathura, Sept 07 (ANI): Devotees gather in large numbers at the Krishna Janmasthan Temple on the occasion of ‘Krishna Janmasthami’, in Mathura on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

New Delhi [India], September 8 (ANI): Devotees across the country participated in the special midnight aarti (prayer) and celebrated Krishna Janmashtami with great fervour and devotion. 
Devotees flocked to Delhi’s ISKCON temple to participate in the midnight arati on the occasion of Janmashtami. 
Rituals were performed at Delhi’s Birla Mandir as the midnight celebration kicked off on the occasion of Janmashtami. The idol of Lord Krishna is bathed in milk, yoghurt, honey, ghee, and water as part of the midnight celebration. 
Devotees flocked at Krishna Janambhoomi temple in Mathura on Thursday midnight to witness arati and see the rituals performed on the occsion of the birth of Lord Krishna.
In Madhya Pradesh’s Indore, people celebrated the birth of Lord Krishna at ISKCON Temple. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was seen participating in Dahi Handi celebration on the occasion of Janmashtami.
In Gujarat’s Dwarka, people celebrated the birth of Lord Krishna at Shree Dwarkadhish Temple by listening to bhajans. They also witnessed the midnight arati at the temple.
Earlier on Thursday morning, devotees offered prayers to Krishna Janmabhoomi temple in Mathura and observed the Mangala aarti. ISKCON temple witnessed colourful celebrations in Noida, as the idols of Radha Krishna were decorated with flower petals and leaves, and people flocked to have a glimpse of the morning aarti. Priests performed the Tulsi aarti in the ISKCON temple in Delhi.
Meanwhile, Badrinath temple in Uttarakhand was decked up with lights in extravagant colours, and devotees gathered to offer prayers. In Dehradun, Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami and his wife Geeta Dhami participated in an event organized on the occasion, at the Police Line.
Devotees of Lord Krishna were seen dancing to the tunes of Bhajans at the ISKCON temple in Kolkata to celebrate the significant day.
Janmashtami is being celebrated on September 6 and 7 across the country. To celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna, devotees observe fast and decorate temples and their homes, with flowers, diyas and lights.
As per the Hindu calendar, Lord Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu, was born on the eighth day of the month of Bhadra. The day mostly falls in the months of August or September as per the Western calendar. 

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