Janmashtami 2017 is just round the corner. It is an auspicious day in the Hindu calendar as it marks the birth anniversary of revered Hindu deity Lord Krishna. Krishna is considered to be the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu and is therefore a prominent deity in Hindu mythology. He is also extremely popular on account of the legends related to his charm, bravery, intelligence and power. However, what makes him a beloved God for Hindu devotees are the stories of his childhood. Made popular by TV shows, the stories of Krishna’s childhood days depict him as a cute, mischievous child with great superpowers. Krishna is believed to have spent most of his childhood days in Vrindavan, a major pilgrim destination located in Uttar Pradesh. Vrindavan falls in the Mathura district and is home to a number of Krishna temples and landmarks that are associated with the god. As we get close to Krishna Janmashtami 2017, which falls on August 14, here are some amazing Vrindavan photos that give you a sneak peek into the land where Shri Krishna grew up to perform great feats! Also Read - Mission Mangal Box Office Collection Day 9: Akshay Kumar's Movie Gets Boost on Janmashtami, Mints Rs 135.99 Crore

The famous ISKCON Krishna-Balaram temple in Vrindavan

ISKCON temple in Vrindavan

ISKCON temple in Vrindavan

View of the Yamuna River from Vrindavan

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Locals playing with colors during Holi celebration in Barsana. Mathura and Vrindavan are known for their vibrant Holi celebrations

Holi in Vrindavan

Holi in Vrindavan

The Madan Mohan temple in Vrindavan

Madan Mohan temple

Madan Mohan temple – Photograph: Atarax42/Wikimedia Commons

Beautiful view of the ISKCON temple in Vrindavan

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A woman buys clothes at the Indian Gangotri store in Vrindavan

Shopping in Vrindavan

Shopping in Vrindavan

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Devotees taking the parikrama in Vrindavan’s temple

Devotees in Vrindavan

Devotees in Vrindavan

Residence of Meera Bai in Vrindavan – The devotee is believed to have written more than 3000 poems in love of Lord Krishna

Meera Bai temple in Vrindavan

Meera Bai temple in Vrindavan – Photograph: Rajnish Kamal/Wikimedia Commons

Popular Kusum Sarovar Govardhan Mandir in the Mathura district

Kusum Sarovar Govardhan

Janmasthami is one of India’s most auspicious festivals and Vrindavan is expected to host a huge number of devotees during the festival. Over the years, it has become an important pilgrim destination for Hindus. It also provides beautiful views and its temples make for serene spots to pray and meditate. Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna, is located just 11 km from Vrindavan and these two towns together form an interesting travel circuit to explore.