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The Krishna Janmashtami festival begins

The Krishna Janmashtami festival begins

Krishna Janmashtami marks the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu, in the month named Bhadrapada Masa. At the stroke of midnight, Krishna was born to Vasudeva and Devaki when they were locked up in Mathura by Devaki’s own brother Kansa. It was a dark night, followed by roaring thunder and rain. To save Krishna from Kansa’s wrath, the same night, Vasudeva crossed the river Yamuna and took Krishna to his foster parents Nanda and Yashoda, in Gokul. Hindus celebrate this auspicious occasion by keeping a vigil till midnight, and then bathing an idol of baby Krishna, getting him dressed in new clothes, worshipping and offering his favourite milk-made sweets as he was known for his love of milk and curd. 

This Janmashtami, put on your brightest of colours and begin the celebrations. Why not try our sweet Burfi recipe below to mark this special occasion…

Activity Ideas:

  • Print off and enjoy our Print and enjoy our India Activity Book – here
  • Learn about Religions around the world with our activity book – here
  • Make bright burfi with this fun recipe – here
  • Have a go at our Religion Quiz – here