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The birth anniversary of Lord Krishna is celebrated as Janmashthami during the month of Shravan (August/September). It is marked by singing of devotional songs and performance of ‘Ras Leela’ to recreate incidents from the life of Krishna and to commemorate his love for Radha. In Maharashtra, the festival witnesses the exuberant enactment of Balmurali’s attempts to steal butter and curd from earthen pots beyond his reach. A group of young men and children form human pyramids and reach out to a suspended pot (‘matka’) containing milk products and eventually break it. In Gujarat the town of Dwarka comes alive with major celebrations and hordes of visitors.   

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