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Janmashthami takes place in the month of Shravana in August / September. Lord Vishnu is invoked in his human incarnation as Krishna on his birth anniversary in this festival. Devotional songs and dances mark the celebration of this festive occasion all over Northern India. Raslila is performed to recreate incidents from the life of Krishna and to commemorate his love for Radha. The image of the infant Krishna or Balmurali is placed in a cradle and is worshipped. In Maharashtra, Janmashthami witnesses the exuberant enactment of the god's childhood attempts 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 break it. In Gujarat the town of Dwarka comes alive with major celebrations and hordes of visitors. 


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