Lord Krishna Temples, you can visit, as South celebrates Sri Krishna Jayanthi or Janmashtami.
Gokulashtami or Janmashtami is celebrated with great fervor in South India. It is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatars of Supreme Lord Vishnu. It is a very important festival particularly to the Vaishnavism tradition of Hinduism. It is celebrated particularly in Mathura, the Birthplace of Lord Krishna along with other states in India. In the south, it is celebrated by observing fast, by drawing footprints of Lord Krishna from the threshold of the house to the temple, which depicts the arrival of Lord Krishna into the house. The festival is celebrated mostly in the evening as Lord Krishna was born at midnight.
If you are in South India this Janmashtami, then there are few Krishna temples you can visit and celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna.
Guruvayur Temple -Kerala.
This temple is located in the town of Guruvayur in Kerala. Guruvayur is also called the Bhoolokavaikuntha, which means “heaven on earth”. The Lord is four-armed standing Vishnu carrying the conch, discuss, the mace and the lotus. This temple is called “Dwaraka of the South”. The deity is worshipped for more than 5000 years. There is a strict dress code for people who wish to enter the temple. Women are only allowed in saris and men in mundu/lungi with bare chest.
Sri Krishna Temple – Udipi
This is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. This temple is also called Sri Krishna Matha. This temple trace back to 1,000 years. This place is also called Mathura of southern India. The idol here is in the form of a child. The dress code is strict here too just like any other temples in south India. Here there is no provision of special darshan, there is a single queue for everyone.
This is a Vaishnavaite shrine located in the town of Mannargudi, in Tamilnadu. The temple is spread over 23 acres. This is also called “ Dakshin Dwaraka” along with Guruvayur temple. The diety is 156 inches tall and is in a seated posture with consorts Satyabhama and Rukmini on his sides.
Venugopala Swamy temple- Karnataka
The Venugopala Swamy temple is located at Hosa Kannambadi in Karnataka. The original temple area is massive with an area of 50 acres. The main idol of the Venugopalaswamy is playing on the flute. In 1930, the village of Kannambadi was submerged underwater, however, the temple would resurface whenever the water levels were dropped. For more than 70 years the temple lay underwater but was later shifted to a place near the rehabilitated village.
Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna temple-Kerala
It is a temple located in Alapuzha district of Kerala. The idol at this temple is in the form of Vishnu holding a whip in his right hand and conch in his left. The story behind this temple is very interesting. The lord appeared in the form of sage to the king and challenged him in the game of chess. The king being a chess enthusiast agreed to play but lost to the sage. The king asked sage to choose the prize. to which he chose a few grains of rice. However, the king lost the game to the sage, who appeared to the king in his true form.
The sanctum presently is empty. The image of Balakrishna, showing him as a child holding the butter in the right hand is now resting in Madras museum. Legend has it that this was the same idol which wife of Krishna, Rukmini had worshipped. The main tower is an impressive sight with numerous carvings and stories carved on the walls.
Janardhana Swamy temple-Kerala
This temple is 2000 years old situated in Varkala city of Trivandrum. The diety is found in standing position facing towards east. His right hand is raised towards his mouth and legends say that if his hand goes near to his mouth, the world will come to an end. It is believed to happen at the end of Kali Yuga.
ISKCON Temple — Hyderabad and Bengaluru.
ISKCON, International Society of Krishna Consciousness, was founded in New York City, by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the guru and spiritual master of the organization. The organization was formed to spread the practice of Bhakti Yoga, which involves actions and thoughts to please Lord Krishna. ISKCON is known for being most beautiful, active, religious and spiritual centers in the country. The main deity in ISKCON is Lord Krishna. One can also see idols of Sri Gaura-Nitai, Sri Jagannatha Baladeva-Subhadra, and Sri Radha Madana-Mohana
So if you are a devotee Lord Krishna, choose one of these popular temples to celebrate this year Janmashtami.