Over the years I have developed an interest in the country, India. It's a dream to go and visit as I really enjoy Indian food and Indian films, and am especially curious when Indian friends tell me about their customs and religious practices that are so different from our own. This is why I want to share some information and bright beautiful photos I found about one of the most important Hindu God, "Krishna." Maybe you have seen Krishna's portrait before:
Indian Hindu devotees throughout the world celebrate Janmashtami, which marks the birth of Hindu God Lord Krishna with enormous zeal and enthusiasm. Children and adults dress as the Hindu God Krishna and his consort Radha in bright, elaborate costumes and jewelry. Human pyramids form to break the 'dahi-handi' or curd pot. The large earthenware pot is filled with milk, curds, butter, honey and fruits and is suspended from a height of 20 - 40 feet. Participants come forward to claim this prize by constructing a human pyramid, enabling the uppermost person to reach the pot and claim its contents.
Have a look at these photos and see how people in India, Nepal, and London celebrate Janmashtami. Then try to pronounce it!
1. An Indian schoolboy is dressed as the Hindu God Krishna.
2. Indian youth make a human pyramid to reach and break the ‘Dahi Handi,’ an earthen pot filled with yogurt, as they celebrate Janamashtami, the birth anniversary of Hindu God Krishna in Mumbai, India, August 22.
3. Indian Hindu devotees form a human pyramid to break the 'dahi-handi' (curd-pot), as part of celebrations of 'Janmashtami' which marks the birth of Hindu God Lord Krishna. Scores of Hindu devotees of Lord Krishna take part in the dahi-handi celebration, where a large earthenware pot is filled with milk, curds, butter, honey and fruits and suspended from a height of between 6 to 12 metres (20 to 40 feet). Participants then come forward to claim this prize by constructing a human pyramid until the pyramid is tall enough so that the topmost person is able to reach the pot and claim the contents after breaking it. 4. Indian youth make a human pyramid to break the "Dahi Handi."
5. A girl puts a 'Tilak,' a religious symbol, on a woman's forehead at the Janmashtami Hindu Festival at Bhaktivedanta Manor in Watford, England. Up to 72,000 were expected to take part in the two day festival celebrating the birth of Krishna, in what is believed to be the largest Hindu festival gathering outside of India.
6. A girl dressed as Krishna poses at the Janmashtami Hindu Festival at Bhaktivedanta Manor.
7. Indian children dressed as Hindu God Krishna and consort Radha pose during a fancy dress competition held as part of Krishna Janmashtami celebrations at ISKCON Temple in Bangalore, August 21.
8. A child dressed as Hindu God Krishna kisses another dressed as Krishna's consort Radha during a fancy dress competition held as part of Krishna Janmashtami celebrations at ISKCON Temple in Bangalore.
9. A man helps a child dressed as Hindu god Krishna fix his crown at a procession during Janmashtami festival in Katmandu, Nepal, August 21
10. A woman walks inside the Bhaktivedanta Manor Krishna Temple, in Watford, north of London, during an open day for pilgrims to celebrate 'Janmashtami' - the birth of Lord Krishna
11. A girl wearing face paint at the Bhaktivedanta Manor Krishna Temple, in Watford, north of London, August 21, during an open day for pilgrims to celebrate 'Janmashtami' - the birth of Lord Krishna.
12. Pigeons fly as Hindu devotees stand in a line in front of Hindu god Krishna Temple during Janmashtami festival in Katmandu, Nepal, August 21.
13. A street vendor sells portraits of Lord Krishna near the Krishna Temple during the Krishna Janmashtami festival in Lalitpur
14. A school girl dressed as Hindu Lord Krishna dances with others dressed as his consort Radha during the celebrations of Janamashtmi festival inside their school in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh.
15. An Indian Hindu man dressed as Hindu god Shiva proceeds to a religious procession to celebrate the birth of Hindu god Krishna. Thanks for reading this post! I hope you enjoyed these awesome pics!
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