Vrindavan, 2017.08.12 (VT): Janmasthami preparations are well underway at the Shri Krishna Janmasthan temple in Mathura.
Temple officials have announced that this year, Shri Krishna will be bathed in milk from an ornate cow figurine made from 51 kilograms of silver overlaid with gold. Rajasthani artisants have prepared the figurine in traditional style.
The bath will occur at midnight, as Shri Krishna was born at night. Darshan will remain open until 1:30 am to accommodate the large crowds of visitors expected on this auspicious day.
The Lord will give darshan in a blue peacock-themed kunj decorated with lotus flowers and matkis full of butter. His special dress for the evening, called Kusum Beli Poshak, will feature design elements made from silk, jewels and zari embroidery using threads made from fine metals.