Govinda Alaa Re!

By: Kamakshi

Aug 23 2011

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Category: Trivia

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Aperture:f/5.6
Focal Length:55mm
ISO:200
Shutter:1/640 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 550D

India celebrated Janmastami, or the birthday of Lord Krishna, the avatar of Vishnu, who was instrumental in the creation of Hindu dhramas. He played an instrumental role not just in the way the Mahabharata was shaped, but also gave us the path to righteousness and how a difficult decision can be tackled. The Bhagavat-Gita that deals with how a Hindu should lead his life comes from the teachings and life of Lord Krishna. So well rooted is Krishna and the Bhagavad-Gita that the holy book is used to take the oath in a court of law in the nation. Krishna would live stealing freshly whipped cream and curds, so  his mother would tie them high out of his reach. Yet the mischievous Kaanha would entice his peers to make a human pyramid and steal goodies. Till date, we celebrate his birth the same way. Govinda Alaa Re!

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8 comments on “Govinda Alaa Re!”

  1. I love your blog! You have the most amazing and interesting photos of the world.

  2. I know some of the myths/stories from India in a literary kind of way.
    Your photo of an actual celebration by real people is a revelation!
    It brings it all to life in a way I find surprising and fascinating.

    • Thanks Judith 🙂 as always you are so generous with your words…The old school here thinks youngsters are loosing their cultural sense. Although festivities are getting too commercially inclined, they are stilll surviving, and that works for most of us 😀

  3. What a fabulous photo. There’s so much going on, energy, color, beautifully composed. I didn’t know this story about Krishna. I always appreciate the stories, legends, histories that accompany your photographs.

    • What good it a blog that doesn’t share cultural experiences? Thanks for stopping by suitablefish, I’, glad you liked what you read 🙂

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