India is a land of varieties and cultural differences. This is evident even in the festivals such as Krishna Janamashtami. In North India people celebrate this day according to the lunar calendar but in South India, especially in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, people celebrate the birthday of Krishna based on Solar calendar. A calendar in which dates indicate the various position of Earth while revolving around the Sun. This calendar had 365 days. Though initially there might not be much difference in the two dates predicted by the respective calendars but slowly and steadily, there can be as much difference as a complete month.
Ashtami Rohini is celebrated in the month of Chingam (August September), according to the Malayalam calendar.
People fast on this day, without consuming a single drop of water and stay vigil at night. Cultural events take place and people gather to enjoy the festivities. Young girls perform Kaikottikali It is a popular dance form of Kerala performed mainly on festivals by unmarried ladies in order to attain a suitable match. The dance is dominated by simple gestures and charm. Women move in circular pattern and clapping their hands on the tune of the song.on traditional songs. Devotees sing hymns to praise the Lord. Temples are decorated in a magnificent manner and preparation for Puja It is a prayer ritual performed to make offerings, honoring, evoking or worshipping gods. The ceremony can also be performed to pay homage to the beloved ones who are deadat the midnight is made throughout the day. The idol of Krishna and RadhaRadha
Radha, also known as Radhika and Radharani was a Gopi (milkmaid)... are decorated with new clothes, jewelry and flowers and people wait for hours to get a glimpse. Various food items like Appam It is sweet dish like pancake that is made up of rice and coconut milkand Paal Payasam It is a South Indian rice pudding, sweet in its taste, made up of rice, broken wheat, milk, sugar, cardamom, cashew and other nutsare prepared and offered to the God and later consumed as the prasadam. People also carry out processions depicting scenes from the childhood of Krishna.
The famous temples in South India that celebrate Ashtami Rohini with grandeur are Udupi Sri Krishna temple located in Karnataka and Guruvayur Guruvayurappa Temple, Ambalappuzha Sri Krishnaswami Temple and Thrissur Thirvanmabadi Temple located in Kerala.