The Little Joy of a Big Nation - Nand Gopal
"Ala reeeee ala, ala nand gopal dekho ala!"
This simple, joyous phrase marks the essence of celebrating the birth of Bal Gopal and his mischievous childhood. Lord Krishna holds a special place in Indian mythology and hearts. It is no wonder how Janmashtami's fervor is so contagious in the India.
India is a country with myriad hues in culture and celebrations, especially when it comes to celebrating the birthday of our dear Nand Gopal.
Govinda Ala re at Mathura and Vrindavan: The birth of Lord Krishna are grand in the twin-city. Almost 8 to 9 lakh devotees take part in the divine rituals in temples of Vrindavan and Mathura. Jhulanotsav, Jhakis, Dahi Handi and Rasleelas mark the essence of Janamasthami during this day.
It is all about fun in Rajkot: The city of Rajkot comes to life at the Rajkot Fair which marks the day and the memories of Janmashtmi in the city. Celebrations gain momentum with the phrase "Nand Gher Anand Baio, Jay Kanha Laal Ki", as the devotees welcome Lord Krishna.
Aranmula boat race on Kanha's birthday: Shree Parthasarathy Temple hosts special ceremonies on the occasion of Krishna Janamasthami. Devotees visit here to enjoy the Valla Sadya. Valla Sadya is a 45 dish large feast given by the devotees of Lord Krishna to the rowers of Palliyodam - a kind of Snake boat considered, the divine vessel of Lord Krishna.
Go Govinda with Dahi Handi at Mumbai: The coming of Govinda is grand in Mumbai and the Dahi handi is something not to be missed here. While most of the celebrations involve staying up all night and singing hymns in honour of Bal Gopal, forming human pyramids and attempting to break the pot of curds is a special part of celebrations in Mumbai.
India comes together like a family on Bal Gopal's birthday, each with their own way of showing love and devotion.
So where are you going to celebrate Janmashtami this year?