Janmashtami is celebrated by Hindus, as the birthday of Lord Krishna. It is celebrated on the eighth day of Bhadrapada month (Hindu Calendar), which lies between August – September month of the year. According to Hindu Mythology or Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna was the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He was more than 5000 years ago when King Kansa was the ruler of Mathura. And brutally torture subjects of his kingdom.
Lord Krishna was born in the prison of Mathura during the reign of King Kansa. Lord Krishna was the biological son of Vasudev and Devki (Sister of Kansa). Despite Kansa was the maternal uncle of Lord Krishna, he believed that the baby Krishna will be the cause of his death in the future. Kansa attempted to kill Lord Krishna several times with the help of different devils who were equipped with different magical powers. But he could not do so and lastly killed by teenage Lord Krishna.
Most of the people like to visit Mathura and Vrindavan at this festival because people of these cities used to make grand celebrations and decorations. This festival is celebrated differently by different people in the world across borders. Most of the devotees offer Lord Krishna’s favorite food on this day i.e. Makhan Mishri. All the residents of Mathura and their favorite Bal Gopal celebrate this day by wearing beautiful attires and decorating their homes.
The Janmashtami celebration is classified into two Jhulnotsav and Ghatas. Jhulnotsov is the ritual in which idol of baby Lord Krishna is placed on the swing, and Ghatas is a unique feature, where all the temples of Mathura and Vrindavan are decorated in the same chosen theme. Several religious and visiting places are there in Mathura viz. Nand Bhawan, DwarkaDhish Temple, Govardhan Hill, Madhuban, Mathura Museum, Vishram Ghat, Birla Mandir, Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple, Prem Mandir, Banke Bihari Temple, Iskcon temple, Nidhivana, etc.