Sri Krishna is Lord Vishnu's eighth avatar (incarnation) on earth. He is considered to be the Lord's most glorious incarnations. Sri Krishna Jayanti also known as Gokulashtami or Janmashtami, celebrates his birthday. This festival occurs on the eight day of the dark half of the month Shravan of the Indian calendar. This occurs between August and September on the Christian calendar. In the south, little feet made of rice flour paste are drawn from the entrance of the house leading to various rooms, symbolizing the sacred entry of the Lord into the house.
Since Sri Krishna lived in luxury throughout his life, Sri Krishna Jayanti is celebrated with pomp and splendor. Plenty of sweets are made. Among these are laddus, chakli, cheedai, payasam (kheer), and so on. In addition, plenty of milk products especially butter, which was Sri Krishna's favorite childhood food, are given in offerings. A wide variety of fruits are also offered. The most common sweets made laddus and payasam.
Above: Little feet are drawn all over the house in Southern India to symbolize Little Krishna entering every room to bless it.