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Krishna Janmashtami celebrations begin ostentatiously in Mathura

Krishna Janmashtami celebrations begin ostentatiously in Mathura
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There is good cheer all around on the occasion of Sri Krishna Janmashthami. Worshipping of Lord Krishna is a widely followed ritual. Also, Dahi Handi festival is a key attraction across the nation, mostly in Maharashtra.

There is good cheer all around on the occasion of Sri Krishna Janmashthami. Worshipping of Lord Krishna is a widely followed ritual. Also, Dahi Handi festival is a key attraction across the nation, mostly in Maharashtra. While the whole country is celebrating Janmashtami on Monday, Mathura, the birthplace of lord Krishna started the celebrations a day before i.e. on Sunday itself.

With the celebrations reaching a crescendo on Sunday, hundreds of thousands of devotees thronged the Krishna in Mathura to celebrate Janmashtami. The celebrations are on in the entire Brij area comprising Mathura, Agra and Hathras districts.
From the other end, the Yamuna River is flowing to the brim. Mathura's ghats are filled with pilgrims who began arriving from Thursday taking advantage of the extended holidays including Independence Day on Friday. According to an official estimate, around 2,00,000 people had already gathered in the region. In Gokul, across the Yamuna, celebrations started on Saturday and will continue for three days.
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