The Lord has been born as Krishna followers and Hindus from all over India and the world revere in the joyous event. Mathura has erupted with pomp and show as the Dwarkadeesh Temple resonated with the sound of bells and hymns sung for Lord Krishna on his birthday. Essentially Gokulashtami is wishing Happy Birthday to Krishna, the eighth reincarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Idols of baby Gopal are bathed with milk, honey, curd and ghee in the morning to celebrate the birth of the dark skinned god. Krishna or Kṛṣṇa in Sanskrit is an adjective which means dark or black which also the reason that mostly in Maharashtra, Dahi Handi is known as Dahi Kala.

Temples in Gokul have been preparing for the celebrations to begin with the echoes of kirtans since the right tithi to denote the birth of Kanha. But, the celebrations in Gokul will begin tomorrow because Kanha has taken to Gokul from Mathura a while after midnight and the residents of Gokul got word of the Lord’s arrival a day after Janmasthami. The people of Gokul will celebrate the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu by playing Holi of sorts with haldi (turmeric) and curd.

The markets in most cities has been flooded with scores of dresses for the baby God to dress the idols of Gopal in the finest attire you can manage to lay your hands on. The dresses are of made from a variety of fabrics with the most important accessory being the peacock feather on the crown and on the back of the dress.