Vrindavan, 2017.08.17 (VT): Mathura’s Local Intelligence Unit (LIU) has reported that approximately 3.4 million devotees visited the Shri Krishna Janmasthan temple for Janmashtmi. The count includes all visitors from August 13 to August 16, 2017.
While this is the reported number of devotees for a single temple in Mathura, the total number of visitors to Braj on Janmashtami is unknown.
In comparion, the Hajj, often called the “world’s largest pilgrimage”, drew about 3.2 million pilgrims to Mecca in 2012, which was the highest number of Hajj pilgrims since 1920.
Devotees from all over India and the world came in droves to witness the birthday festival of Braj’s darling Shri Krishna. In Particular, large numbers of pilgrims came from Delhi, Rajasthan, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Haryana, Punjab and other parts of Uttar Pradesh.