Articles worth reading
Photo Blog: Himachal Pradesh

Photo Blog: Himachal Pradesh

access_time June 12, 2017

Located in the northern parts of India, is a beautiful land full of mountains, spreading its arms of snow-peaks. It...

Ms Adventure: Fearless Female Explorers From The 19th Century

Ms Adventure: Fearless Female Explorers From The 19th Century

access_time November 14, 2016

History marvels at men who travelled far and beyond! Hiding between the books of Marco Polo and Magellan are the...

What To Wear On Your Spanish Holiday

What To Wear On Your Spanish Holiday

access_time August 5, 2013

If you’re headed to Spain for a summer holiday in the coming weeks, one of your biggest concerns is going...

Krishna Janmashtami

Krishna Janmashtami

access_time August 28, 2013 chat_bubble_outline 0 comments 5346 views

A traditional, Madhubani painting of Radha and Krishna

Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu, is one of the most charming, multi-dimensional figures in Indian mythology. Janmashtami, also known as Gokulashtami, Saatam Aatham, Ashtami Rohini and Srikrishna Jayanti, celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, the naughty butter-thief and lovable cowherd, who had 16,108 wives (16,100 of whom he rescued from a demon and married for protection), who grew into a shrewd statesman and ruthless strategist on the battle field.

Krishna’s teachings are a judicious mix of worldly responsibilities combined with spiritual freedom and the most authentic way of celebrating Janamashtami would be to play the dual role of a responsible human being, while realising that everything earthly is an illusion—it is all “maaya”.

On this day, the Rasa lila, a dramatic enactment of Krishna’s life, is performed in regions of Mathura, Vrindavan and parts of Manipur. In other regions such as Maharashtra, the day is celebrated with Dahi Handi, the breaking of a pot of butter tied high up and reached by pyramids of young men or women. The players are known as Govindas or Bal Gopalas and reflects the naughty, butter-stealing side of Krishna.

folder_openAssigned tags

About author

Cox & Kings

Cox & Kings is the longest established tours and travels company in the world. Established in 1758, we are headquartered in Mumbai with a presence in over 13 countries worldwide. Our services include destination management, domestic and international holiday packages, luxury travel, business and MICE, NRI and foreign exchange solutions, as well as insurance.

View more articles

No Comments

comment No comments yet

You can be first to leave a comment

Leave a comment

info_outline

Your data is safe with us!

We promise not to share your email address with anyone.