Janmasthami is a popular Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna. According to Indian Mythology, he was born at midnight in a jail cell on the eight day of Bhado month. As his father Vasudeva carried him to safety in a basket atop his head, a thunderstorm raged overhead.
Devotees fast on the preceding day and exactly at midnight, as the auspicious hour arrives, they bathe the infant god, dress him up gallantly and rock his cradle. As the world rejoices, the fast breaks and devotional songs are sung. At the Banke Bihari Temple in Vrindavan, elaborate preparations are made in celebration. Scenes from the life of Krishna are enacted and these ‘Raasleela’ competitions attract thousands of visitors.