Bangalore, Aug 28: Families across India are celebrating Janmashtami - the birth of Lord Krishna, with pomp and great zeal.
Toddlers are the most interesting part of this festival. They dress up as Lord Krishna either to take part in the Fancy Dress competitions or merely break the 'matka' during community celebrations.
This festival is celebrated on the Ashtami of Krishna Paksh or the eighth day of the dark fortnight in the month of Bhadon. The actual celebration of Janmashtami takes place during the midnight as Sri Krishna is believed to be borned on a dark, stormy and windy night. The day is celebrated with devotional songs and dances, pujas, arti, blowing of the Conch and rocking the cradle of baby Sri Krishna.
People also fast throughout the day and show their devotion to the Lord by celebrating his birthday. Temples and homes are beautifully illuminated and decorated with flowers.
A Nepalese woman carries her child dressed as Hindu god Krishna during the Janmashtami festival at a Lord Krishna temple in Lalitpur, Nepal, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The Janmashtami festival marks the birthday of Hindu god Krishna.
Children dressed up as Lord Krishna participating in fancy dress competition during Sri Krishna Janamshtami festival celebration in Mathura on Tuesday.
Children dressed as lord Krishna on the auspicious occasion of "Krishna Janmastami"in Jodhpur.
Children dressed up as Lord Krishna participating in fancy dress competition during Krishna Janamshtami festival celebration in Bikaner on Wednesday.
Children dressed as Krishna and Radha as part of a fancy dress competition organised by a school on the ocassion of "Krishna Janmastami" in Moradabad on Wedensday.
Children dressed as Lord Krishna taking part in a competition during celebration of Janmasthami in Guwahati on Wednesday.
Priests perform 'Abhishek' of Lord Krishna at Ladli Bai temple on the occasion of Janmasthmi festival in Jaipur on Wednesday.
Mahant Nirtya Gopal Das performs 'aarti' of Lord Krishna on the occasion of Sri Krishna janmashtami festival in Mathura on Wednesday.
Devotees taking holy bath in River Yamuna on the occasion of Sri Krishna Janamshtami festival in Mathura on Wednesday.
Two children dressed up as Krishna and Radha on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami festival in Hubli, Karnataka on Wednesday.
Priests perform worship of an idol of Lord Krishna at Radha Damodhar temple on the occasion of Janmashtami festival in Mathura on Wednesday.
Hindu devotees sing religious songs during Janmashtami festival celebration at ISKCON temple, in Jammu on Wednesday.
Students form a human pyramid to break the dahi-handi during Janmashtami celebrations at an institute in Srinagar on Wednesday.
A Bangladeshi child dressed as Hindu god Krishna sleeps in a basket, carried by Hindu devotees during a Janmashtami procession in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The Janmashtami festival marks the birthday of Hindu god Krishna.
Devotees throng to pay obeisance to Lord Krishna at Sri Krishna Janamsthan temple in Mathura on the occasion of Janamashtami festival on Wednesday.
In New Delhi
Devotees throng to illuminated Laxmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir) on the occasion of Janamashtami festival in New Delhi on Wednesday.
In New Delhi
Devotees near the idol showing Lord Krishna carried by Vasudev, at Birla Mandir in New Delhi on the occasion of Janamashtami on Wednesday.
Children from the blind school celebrate the Dahi Handi festival on the occasion of Janmashtami in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Children perform during celebration of Janmasthami festival in Guwahati on Wednesday.