Janmashtami fervour in Braj, UP peaks on Thursday

Mathura and Vrindavan presented a dazzling spectacle on Thursday: Thousands of Krishna devotees hailing not only from India but also abroad, chanting ‘Hare Krishna’ and ‘Radhey Radhey’ as they went through the worship, prayers, paying obeisance to the god, and performing other colourful rituals.

The most venerated site in Mathura is the Sri Krishna Janambhoomi temple, which is The Lord’s birth place. The temple hosted the mid-night puja of Lord Krishna, and it was presided over by Ayodhya’s Mahant Nritya Gopal Das.

At Mathura’s Dwarkadheesh temple preparations were in full swing for the gala around mid-night.

The Bankey Bihari temple in Vrindavan also attracted thousands of pilgrims with hardly an inch of space left.

The temples across the Braj area — whose boundaries go across districts of Mathura, Agra, Hathras (all in Uttar Pradesh, Bharatpur (Rajasthan) and even beyond — and much of north India were all decked up for the celebrations.

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