In pictures: Hindus celebrate Krishna's birthday

  • 18 August 2014
  • From the section India

Hindus around the world are celebrating the festival of Janmashtami, marking the birth of Krishna, one of the most popular Gods in Hinduism.

Students dressed as Hindu God Krishna (C) and his consort Radha (R) offer prayers inside their classroom during the Janmashtami festival in the western city of Ahmedabad August 16, 2014.

Krishna is regarded as an incarnation of Vishnu - the preserver of the universe. Vishnu is part of the Hindu holy trinity with the creator Brahma and the destroyer Shiva.

A child dressed as Hindu God Krishna attends a fancy dress competition at a temple during celebrations before the Janmashtami festival in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh August 16, 2014

On Janmashtami, children across India dress up as baby Krishna - darkening their complexion, adding a peacock feather to the crown and putting a flute to their lips. Here, a child participates in a fancy dress competition at a temple in the northern city of Chandigrah.

Children of a foundation school, dressed as Lord Krishna, take part in an event to mark the Janmashtami Festival in Bhopal, India, 16 August 2014.

Krishna loved milk and milk products like curd and butter and many of the stories of baby Krishna depict him as a "butter thief". On Janmashtami, many of the preparations to be distributed among the devotes are made from milk.

An Indian man carries a girl dressed as Radha, consort of Hindu god Krishna, during a procession on the eve of Janmashthami festival in Jammu, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014

Plays are enacted based on scenes from Krishna's early life. Some Hindus fast for the day and eat only after the midnight celebrations. Many girls - like the one in the picture above - dress up as Radha, Krishna's favourite consort.

Indian youth form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi handi," an earthen pot filled with curd, an integral part of celebrations to mark Janmashtami in Mumbai, India, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.

Devotees celebrate the birthday of the child Krishna by forming a pyramid with the last climber, usually a child, climbing to the top to break the "dahi handi," an earthen pot filled with curd. After reports of children killed or injured in falls from the pyramid in previous years, the Mumbai High Court earlier this month set the age limit for participants at 18. The ruling was challenged in the Supreme Court which said children as young as 12 could participate.

Janmashtami festival in the Narayanthan village, on the outskirt of Kathmandu, Nepal, 17 August 2014

The festival is also celebrated in the neighbouring Nepal.

A Bangladeshi man carries a Hindu child dressed like Krishna during the celebration of Janmashtami, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 17 August 2014.

Hindus in Bangladesh too celebrate Janmashtami. Here, devotees carry a child dressed like Krishna in a basket in a scene depicting the story of his birth.