INDIA, August 28, 2013, (by Ankita Mehta, ibtimes): On August 28, India celebrated the Hindu festival of Janmashtami, marking the birth of Lord Krishna, with much pomp and splendor. The festival is celebrated across the whole country for two days with dramatic play Ras Lila and Dahi Handi. People also fast during this festival, which is also called Krishna Janmashtami or Gokulashtami. Krishna is the eighth incarnation God Vishnu. He was born on the 8th day of the increasing phase of the moon, which in the Indian Calendar is known as "Ashtami". And with Janma meaning "birth", the day is celebrated as Janmashtami or Gokulashtami as he was born in Gokul (present day Mathura).
President Pranab Mukherjee greeted the nation on the occasion of Janmashtami. "Let us, on this sacred day, recall the teachings of Lord Krishna which have for centuries been an inspiration to us to follow the path of virtue and righteousness in thought, word and deed. May Lord Krishna's noble message of Nishkama karma or duty without thought of reward, motivate all of us to work in unity and with selfless dedication for peace, prosperity and progress in our country."