Queues of devotees outside Krishna temples, little children dressed up as Krishna with flutes in hand and a peacock feather stuck on the headbands, and elaborate tableaux depicting the birth of the deity were seen at many temples.
Mathura, the land of Lord Krishna was in the grip of tremendous religious excitement as Janmashtami was celebrated with traditional fervour in five temples.
In Kerala, Janmashtami is celebrated as Sree Krishna Jayanthi.
Lord Krishna is one of the most lovable gods. Famed for his naughty antics as a child and his flirtatious playfulness, Krishna is at the same time deemed the ultimate saviour and protector. Main celebrations take place in the midnight in all the temples.
Let's take a look at some of the pictures of the festival of Janmashtami.
President Pranab Mukherjee
President Pranab Mukherjee offers prayers at a Shiv Mandir on occasion of Janmashtami at President Estate in New Delhi on Saturday.
A priest performs abhishek of Lord Krishna at Krishna Balaram temple in Akshaya Patra on the occasion of Janmashtami in Jaipur on Saturday.
Widows dance as they participate in a programme organized by Sulabh International on the occasion of Shri Krishna Janmashtami at Assi Ghat in Varanasi on Saturday.
Devotees gather at Dwarkadheesh temple to offer prayers on the occasion of Janmashtami festival in Mathura on Saturday.
Youths form human pyramid to break 'Dahi Handi' during Janmashtami celebrations in Bhopal on Saturday.
Priests performing Abhishek of Lord Dwarkadheesh with Milk, Curd, Ghee & other material at Dwarkadheesh temple on the occasion of Janmashtami festival celebration in Mathura on Saturday.
Devotees wait in queues to offer prayers at Sri Krishna Janambhoomi temple on the occasion of Janmashtami festival in Mathura on Saturday.
Devotees performing 'abhishek' of Lord Krishna on the occasion of Krishna Janmashtami at ISKCON temple, in Guwahati on Saturday.
Little Krishnas and Radhas
School children dressed up as Lord Krishna during Janmashtami celebrations at a school in Balurghat in South Dinajpur district of West Bengal on Saturday.