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PHOTO GALLERY: Celebration of Krishna's birth, Indian culture

Saturday, August 27, 2011 | 11:38 p.m. CDT; updated 5:53 p.m. CDT, Sunday, August 28, 2011

COLUMBIA — People gathered Saturday in celebration of the birth of Krishna, a major figure of Hinduism, at Shanthi Mandir Hindu temple in Columbia. Prayers, performances that display Indian culture and a dinner were offered to the attendees.

Mehek Tapar, 8, dances Saturday during the cultural program of the celebration ceremony of Krishna's birth at Shanthi Mandir Hindu temple.
Attendees of the celebration of the birth of Krishna leave the room for the next activity Saturday at Shanthi Mandir Hindu temple.
Akhil Elangovan, 7, left, Arul Sethi, 8, middle, and Saathvik Kannan, 5, offer basil and flower petals to baby Krishna on Saturday during the celebration ceremony of Krishna's birth at Shanthi Mandir Hindu temple. Krishna is one of the main figures of Hinduism.
Vellore Gopalaratnam offers the fire to Gopal Krishna and Mangal Sen Gupta on Saturday during the celebration ceremony of Krishna's birth at Shanthi Mandir Hindu temple. The fire signifies the light from the lord Krishna. Receivers remove the darkness and take the light in by accepting it.
Five-year-old Sankeerth Gandhari avoids a piñata Saturday during the celebration ceremony of Krishna's birth at Shanthi Mandir Hindu temple.
Ravin Bhatia of Chicago plays the tabla to the voice of Indian singer Narendra Vasisth on Saturday during the celebration ceremony of Krishna's birth at Shanthi Mandir Hindu temple.
A statue of Krishna sits on display Saturday during the celebration ceremony of Krishna's birth at Shanthi Mandir Hindu temple.

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