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5 Krishna temples where Janmashtami is celebrated with pomp

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Son of Devaki and Vasudeva, Krishna, the lord of compassion, tenderness, love and beauty, showed signs of his godly credentials as soon as he entered this world. Lord Krishna gave to the world ‘Karma is supreme’ theory and it is apt that scores of worshippers across India celebrate the day of his birth — Janmashtami — with fervor. Janmashtami is being celebrated on 14 August this year.

The 8th incarnation of the Lord Vishnu, Krishna played a pivotal role in the epic Mahabharata. Despite having walked among humans centuries ago, the Sudarshana Chakra-wielding Krishna still enjoys fervent devotion among the masses. We take a look at the five temples where his birthday is celebrated with such vigour that, it is said, the gods themselves are curious to watch.

Udupi Sri Krishna Matha, Karnataka

In the far south of India, this temple has a special feature that the idol of Krishna has to be viewed through a window with nine holes, also known as Navagraha Kitki. The temple is surrounded by ancient shrines and one is said to be over 1,500-year-old.

Krishna Temple in Udupi (Photo: Getty Images)

Bankey Bihari Temple, Vrindavan (UP)

Located in Krishna’s birthplace, Banke Bihari Temple is a popular choice throughout the year for devotees. Packed throughout the year, this temple in the twin-town of Mathura-Vrindavan is overflowing during Janamashtmi and Phoolan celebrations.

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Jagannath Temple, Odisha

Jagannath idol with his elder brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra (Photo: Getty Images)

Among the most famous of Krishna temples, the Jagannath Temple in Puri, is sacred not just for Hindus, but Buddhists and Muslims as well. It is one of the few temples to house a wood-carved statue of the lord, as opposed to the stone ones found elsewhere. Located on the shore, it is reported that the sound of the otherwise noisy ocean is not audible in the sactum sactorum.

Dwarkadhish Mandir, Gujarat

The literal meaning of Dwarka signifies ‘Gate to Liberation’ — ‘Dwara’ meaning door and ‘ka’ implying eternal happiness. Like Jagannath temple, Dwarkadhish too is considered as one of the four Dhams (divine abodes) in India. Once the capital of the Lord Krishna, the temple was commissioned by the great grandson of Krishna, Vajranabhji.

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Guruvayur Temple, Kerala

The Guruvayur Temple is so popular that is has earned the moniker ‘Dwarka of the South’. The temple is unique for many reasons, one being that devotees actually offer elephants. A special elephant-feeding programme takes place in the morning, called Aanayoottu.

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