Krishna Janmashtami

Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi Mandir (AKA the ISKON Temple) in New Delhi, India.

Krishna Janmashtami, is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Krishna, an avatar of the god Vishnu. Janmashtami is observed on the Ashtami tithi, the eighth day of the dark half or Krishna Paksha of the month of Bhadrapad in the Hindu calendar, when the Rohini Nakshatra is ascendant. The festival always falls within mid-August to mid-September in the Gregorian calendar. In Delhi one of the most popular temples to observe the celebration for Delhiites is the Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi Mandir, better known as the ISKON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) temple in South Delhi. I went down there on the evening of the 22nd August  2011 to take some photographs. The above image shows a general view from the east side of the temple bedecked in lights.  Devotees watch from the rocky hillside outside while others inside queue to enter the main temple complex. The atmosphere was joyous as befitted a loved ones birthday celebration.

Devotees jostle for entry to pay their respects to Krishna within the ISKON temple
A humble candlelit shrine to Khrishna in a backstreet offers a contrast to the highly produced ISKON experience nearby

Method: all natural light of course and the brilliant D3s’s low light capabilities coming to the fore again.

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