Happy Janmashtami

Today is the birthday of the Hindu deity Krishna. Every year, it falls on the eighth day of the “dark fortnight” in Shravaana. He is often depicted as a blue-skinned young man playing a flute, standing on one leg (just like Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull), with a group of adoring milkmaids nearby.


The celebrations will probably start at midnight. Unfortunately, the weather has not been kind today. It has been raining in Delhi intermittently throughout the day. We drove through several rivers running down main roads on our way home this evening. The paths around our nearest temple are muddy with liquid shit from cows and dirt. Plashy.

But the other day when it was fine, I did manage to take some photographs of the temple preparations – a series of dioramas in the courtyard. The temple was also bedecked with garlands of orange flowers (which look like marigolds to me) and strings of lights. They are still busy fixing up the sound system, so I am not sure how much sleep I will get tonight.

By Dr Alfred Prunesquallor

Maverick doctor with 40 years experience, I reduced my NHS commitment in 2013. I am now enjoying being free lance, working where I am needed overseas. Now I am working in the UK helping with the current coronavirus pandemic.

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