Gokulashtami, which is prominently known as Janmashthami, is a celebration that is commended all around the nation to invite Lord Krishna into this world. As indicated by the Hindu schedule, this date denotes the introduction of Lord Krishna, who was the eighth reincarnation of Lord Vishnu. On this auspicious day, all the Krishna temples are enlivened with flowers, and vivid lights and enthusiasts crowd the temples at noon to offer their prayers to the Lord.
Every year during Janmashtami, my family and I visit Vrindavan for Janmashtami celebration . It's a ritual of our household. We tend to decorate our home and mandir with flowers and lights for the arrival of Lord Krishna. I remember being a kid and visiting Banke Bihari temple during this time of year; the temple was so crowded during this time. The thought of getting lost in the crowd used to make me cry. But with the growing years, I learned the meaning and beauty of this festival and place.
If one has to see the actual celebration of Janmashtami, one should visit Vrindavan during this time. The city looks all different; it is a whole new world there. Janamashtmi in Vrindavan is revelrous and blissful like no spot else. The day is complemented with a ton of energy and excitement.
Janmashtami is commended across the globe; but the appeal of Krishna Janmashtami of Vrindavan resembles no other. The whole place is decorated with lights and diyas. Vrindavan has more than 5000 temples dedicated to Shri Krishna. You will see many different ceremonies being performed all through the urban communities. The environment of these urban communities is loaded up with the sound of songs and aarti, particularly during daybreak and sunset.
As indicated by the legends, Lord Krishna spent his youth and teen in these two urban communities. He had an extraordinarily cheerful and naughty childhood where he prodded his gopis by playing tricks and stealing butter from houses. When you visit these urban communities during the Janmashtami festivity, you will hear individuals singing stories and melodies of Lord Krishna. This is one of those ceremonies that are followed each day during sunrise and sunset.
One of the vital features of Janmashtami festivity in Vrindavan is the fabulous Abhishek or blessed shower of Lord Krishna. As per the ceremonies followed by individuals, the icons of Shri Krishna are washed with milk and curd, after which they are spruced up in lovely gems and garments for the noon celebrations.
Another custom that the lovers follow during this celebration is the contribution of Chappan Bhog. It is a plate that comprises 56 unique foods, including sweet dishes, to the master. Mantras are recited while broadening the gift, and whenever this is done, all the Bhogs are given to the people.
Overall, Janmashtami in Vrindavan is a lifetime experience.