The festival is celebrated on the eighth day


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The festival is celebrated on the eighth day ( Ashtami ) of the dark fortnight)

  • The festival is celebrated on the eighth day ( Ashtami ) of the dark fortnight)

  • of the Indian month

  • between mid- August & mid-September



The birth of Lord Krishna.

  • The birth of Lord Krishna.

  • It is celebrated on the eighth day of the dark fortnight in Shravana. No fixed date.

  • The equivalent of Christmas and New Year’s combined.

  • Signifies the birth of a deity as well as the dawn of a new era



Krishna is one of the more powerful incarnations of Vishnu (Indian name of Super Power God)

  • Krishna is one of the more powerful incarnations of Vishnu (Indian name of Super Power God)

  • He has a rich, human personality

  • He has greatly influenced Indian philosophy, lifestyle and traditions

  • He is a leader, hero, protector, philosopher, teacher and friend in one.





There was an evil and tyrannical king named Kansa. He hated everyone except his cousin ,Devaki.

  • There was an evil and tyrannical king named Kansa. He hated everyone except his cousin ,Devaki.

  • Before his cousin, Devaki, gets married to Vasudeva, Kansa is told that their eighth child will kill him.

  • Kansa is scared and imprisons the newlyweds. He kills seven of their children, despite their pleas for mercy.

  • When the eighth child (Krishna) is born, a miracle occurs, and a heavenly voice tells Vasudeva to run away, get exchange their boy with a friend’s child, and come back.







It is customary to fast for at least one day; the more pious you are, the longer the fast

  • It is customary to fast for at least one day; the more pious you are, the longer the fast

  • Lengthened puja to Krishna in which dairy-sweets are offered

  • Massive religious atmosphere pervades every corner

  • Continuous chanting of mantras



“Dahi Handi” A pot of yogurt is placed high up, and a group of boys need to create a human pyramid to reach and break it

  • “Dahi Handi” A pot of yogurt is placed high up, and a group of boys need to create a human pyramid to reach and break it

  • Children make “painted footsteps” to signify Lord Krishna’s presence in the household

  • Red and yellow are worn to symbolise youth, wit, and the significance of birth.






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