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Why Janmasthami is celebrated over two days in Mathura

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Janmastami celebrations at Shri Krishna Janma Bhoomi← Janmastami celebrations at Shri Krishna Janma Bhoomi

August 30, 2018

Mathura, 2018.08.29 (VT): As the preparations gear up for Janmasthami celebrations in Braj and across India and the world, the place where the birth of Shri Krishna took place is in everyone’s heart. Those who have the most kripa and the most determination to have darshan of the actual place where this most auspicious event took place will not to be deterred by the crowds, traffic jams and possibility of rain.

The biggest crowds will be seen on 3rd September, but Shri Krishna Janma Bhoomi will also celebrate the festival on 2nd, with the celebrations starting early in Keshavdev temple.

There are three main centers of worship in the Shri Krishna Janma Bhoomi complex – Kamsa’s prison, the Bhagavad Gita Hall and Keshavdev temple. Shyamcharan Goswami from Keshavdev temple explains that due to Kansa’s prison being nearby, the birth of Shri Krishna was first discovered by the people at the place where Keshavdev temple stands, so, the celebrations start here first.

Keshav Dev← Keshav Dev

Another spectacle of the Janmastami celebrations at Shri Krishna Janma Bhoomi temple is the abhishek of Shri Krishna with 51kg of milk from the teets of a 51kg silver cow. Before the abhishek, a ceremony is conducted to call the 33 crore demigods who reside within the body of every cow. The silver cow was made in Jaipur two years ago and is used for the midnight abhishek of the Lord. After the abhishek, there will will be aarti at 12.40 am. The temple will remain open until around 1.30am.

Due to the immense crowds, temple authorities have announced that Prasad will be distributed from both temple exits and that darshan will be televised on a big screen within the temple complex.

The chairman of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Trust, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das reached Mathura late on Wednesday evening. The chairman will preside over the Janmastami celebrations in Mathura and will attend the inaugurations of Braj development projects by CM Yogi Adityanath on 31st August.

Extra trains and ticket counters have been announced by the Railways Department. Over the Rakshabandhan weekend, trains were packed and people were seen standing between the carriages. Once again this weekend, it is likely every train to Mathura will be jam-packed.

Two extra ticket counters will be opened at Mathura Junction and the Jhansi express service will continue on to Mathura. Inspector Gaurav Saxena said that extra police will be posted on Mathura trains including 65 constables, six head constables and 6 women constables.  Crowds are expected to start arriving in Mathura from the 1st.

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