Lord Krishna’s Birthday Celebrations in Nepal
Nepal is the only Hindu country/kingdom in the world. However, there is a harmonious blending of Hinduism and Buddhism. It is one of the richest countries in biodiversity. It has a unique altitude variation & geographical position. Lord Krishna has many followers in Kathmandu & other cities of Nepal. On Krishna Janmashtami numerous devotees go to the ancient Krishna temple in old Patan Durbar to welcome Lord Krishna’s birth. Women devotees chant names of the Lord. Devotees sing hymns, offer flowers, food and coins.
Janmashtami Celebrations in USA
The festival is a grand affair in the USA and begins early in the morning. A large number of Americans, Europeans and Asians who are part of the Hare Krishna troupes organize colourful events and cultural programs commemorating the birth of Lord Krishna. All over USA, from California to Orlando to Massachusetts to New York, it is the day for family gatherings, feasting, enjoyment and offering of prayers to Lord Krishna, the absolute God. Pious devotees gather the necessary items for worship from beforehand, take holy bath and prepare for the midnight Janmashtami puja. Thereafter they visit the temples (some of which are dedicated solely to Shri Krishna) in their nearby locality to offer prayers and chant mantras. The worship service symbolizes the birth of Shri Krishna. An idol of Baby Krishna is put in a cradle and conches are blown at the midnight hour.
Janmashtami Celebration in Canada
Canada is famous for its physical beauty, world-class cities & outstanding quality of life. The Indian community here rejoices the birth of Lord Krishna with great enthusiasm and gaiety. At the Richmond Hill Hindu temple, various functions are organized to celebrate the festival. Prayers & chanting of mantras are a day long affair. It is an important day for Indians living in Canada to meet, interact & celebrate. The festivity creates an atmosphere of nostalgia among the Indians. Most Indians in the region attend this celebration.
Janmashtami Celebration in Montreal
Janmashtami celebrations in Montreal came to be celebrated on a grand scale with the ISKCON movement. It was here where Swami Prabhupada, founder of ISKCON and Bhaktivinoda Thakur extended to people the teachings and message of Lord Krishna for the first time in the history of the nation. Today, Janmashtami is a popular occasion in Montreal and the celebration sees special programs being organized in memory of these two holy men, especially in the Sri Sri Radha Damodara ISKCON temple which is flocked by thousands of devotees on the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna.
Janmashtami Celebration in France (Paris)
During Janmashtami France shines with the festive aura. Paris is also known as the ‘City of Light’ & is famous for it’s beauty & charm. It has ‘Eiffel Tower’, one of the seven wonders of the world. Janmashtami was celebrated with joy & devotion in a small village near Paris. The celebrations began in the evening and continued till the morning. The main celebrations include bathing of Lord Krishna’s and Radha’s idols amidst lot of chanting and prayers. It is evident that Lord Krishna is idolized not only in India but also in other parts of the world.
Janmashtami Celebration in Singapore
Singapore means ‘Singapura’ (Lion City) in sanskrit. It is famous for its multiculturalism. People here belongs to various nationalities living together in harmony. Singapore celebrates Janmashtami festival with lot of enthusiasm. ‘Little India’ located on Seragoon Road comes alive with a lot of decorations, selling of janmashtami pooja accessories. Lakshmi Narayan temple situated on Chander Road celebrates the festival with day-long programme. Other temples also organize cultural programmes to celebrate Lord Krishna’s birth. Shri Krishna chanting competition was a highlight of the celebration. Indians all over Singapore wait for the occasion.
Janmashtami Celebration in Malaysia
Malaysia is predominantly a muslim country with Islam being the official religion of the country. But that doesn’t mean Janmashtami is celebrated with any less grandeur in the country. Having a migrant population of nearly 2 million South Indians, most of whom are Krishna devotees, Malaysia annually witnesses a festivity that is on a par with the celebrations of the event in other parts of the world. Each year, nearly 5000 people line up to see the worship of Lord Krishna in the temples of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. The festival is observed as a day-long affair by the Indian community with dances, dramas, bhajans and spiritual discourses forming the main part of the celebrations.
Janmashtami Celebrations in New Zealand
In New Zealand, Janmashtami came to be observed on a grand scale with the initiation of the ISKCON movement across the world. The festival is celebrated with great fanfare in Auckland in the Sri Radha-Giridhari Mandir (which is held as the finest example of an ISKCON temple). Here the midnight puja(worship) is performed following the tradition set by Srila Prabhupada. Once the puja process is over, the ‘Krishna-prasadam’ (the food offered to Lord Krishna) is distributed among devotees. This has become a standard practice all over the world.
Janmashtami Celebrations in Mathura
Krishna Janmashtami – Mathura is a world famous festival in India. Lord Krishna was born in Mathura. So, specially at Mathura-Vrindavan where the lord krishna spent his childhood, the birthday (Krishna Janmashtmi) is celebrated with Great Spirit, devotion & pleasure all over India.
Celebrations of Krishna birthday takes place at midnight as Krishna god is said to have made his divine appearance in that hour. Janmashtmi celebrations are performed at all the temples of Mathura Vrindavan but at Dwarakadhish temple some special events in the form of Jhulanotsava and ghatas…