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#HappyJanmashtami is trending on Twitter and looks like Mumbai is having a ball despite the curb

A lot of people, including celebrities and politicians, are taking to Twitter to wish everyone a happy Janmashtami.

By: Express Web Desk |
Updated: August 25, 2016 5:36:00 pm
People across the country are celebrating Janamashtami People across the country are celebrating Janamashtami

Devotees across the world have begun celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna – the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu, which falls on August 25 this year. Popularly known as Janmashtami, the festival is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm among followers. One of the major attractions is the raas leela, an enactment of the flirtatious side of the Hindu god. Mathura and Vrindavan is the place to be if you want to enjoy it in its full glory. Another ritual that holds a lot of importance is the Dahi Handi, where young men break a hanging pot by forming a human pyramid. Also, verses from the Bhagavad Gita are recited. All this, to propagate goodwill and discourage evil in the world.

Meanwhile, in Mathura and Gokul, places of significance because of their close association with Krishna’s childhood, raas lilas are organised, which recreate various stories from Krishna’s youthful days. A huge part of Janamashtami celebrations is the jhankis. These scenes from Lord Krishna’s life are enacted by people – mostly kids – dressed up like gods and ‘worshipped’.

But Maharashtra, especially Mumbai is another place where you can spot high level of excitement and euphoria as people celebrate dahi handi standing on top of each other and reaching out for that earthen pot only to break it and shout at the top of their voices in joy just like lord Krishna is portrayed to have done.

However, on August 24, Supreme Court restricted the height of human pyramid formed during dahi handi 20ft and the age of participants to be no less than 18. Despite the curb, the jubilation in the city knows no bounds.

A lot of people, including celebrities and politicians, are taking to Twitter to wish everyone a happy Janmashtami. Many in Mumbai have shared videos of the event taking place.

Sample these:

In case you have missed it, here’s why Janmashtami is celebrated.

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