Vishnu is invoked in his human incarnation as Krishna
on his birth anniversary in the festival of Janmashtami.
The temples of Vrindavan witness an extravagant and
colourful celebration on this occasion. Raslila is performed
to recreate incidents from the life of Krishna and to
commemorate his love for Radha. The image of the infant
Krishna is bathed at midnight and is placed in a cradle.
Devotional songs and dances mark the celebration of
this festive occasion all over Northern India.
In Maharashtra, Janmashtami witnesses the exuberant
enactment of the god's childhood endeavours to steal
butter and curd from earthen pots beyond his reach.
A matka or pot containing these is suspended high above
the ground and groups of young men and children form
human pyramids to try and reach the pot and eventually