Raman reiti - Bharatnatyam on Janmashtami

Raman reiti, Vrindavan, Mathura

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The popular belief is that Krishna, a very popular Hindu deity, played on the banks of Yamuna at Raman Reti. 'Raman' means divine play and 'reti' means sand, hence the name. The sand here is very soft and relaxing. Every year, Janmashtami which is the day Krishna was born , is celebrated with much pomp in Mathura and Vrindavan, where Krishna is believed to have grown up . The Raman Reti ashram hosts classical dances every year where internationally acclaimed artists perform Bharata Natyam and other Indian classical dance form and tell Krishna's story. The event starts in the late evening and ends after midnight (Krishna was born around midnight). The story revolves around Krishna's birth , childhood, youth, the kurukshetra war and Bhagavad Gita, love interests and later life. The dancers also tell the story of the three prominent women (Radha, Rukmini and Satyabhama) in Krishnaâ??s life . Raman Reti is around 10 kilometers from Mathura. New Delhi is the nearest city, which is around 160 kilometrs away. The best time to visit this place is during the Janmashtami celebrations.

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