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August 31, 2013 at 4:30 PM

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Shri Krishna Janmashtami


ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Neelam Gaur gives an offering at the Hindu temple Sanatan Dharm Mandir in Kent last week, About 1,000 people of various faiths from South King County celebrated Krishna's birthday with evening rituals and cultural ceremonies that lasted until midnight. "It give me peace of mind to pray," Gaur said. Hindus celebrate Shri Krishna Janmashtami by staying up until midnight, the time when Krishna is believed to have been born. Krishna was the eighth son of Devaki and Vasudeva.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Laksh Kumar, 3, rests in his mother's arms during celebrations for Krishna's birthday at Sanatan Dharm Mandir in Kent Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. "I'm so happy today," said Kumar Parveen, Laksh's father. "It's Krishna's birthday and our families came together." Kirat Kaur Dhaliwal, 4, is in front. Both children were dressed to look like Krishna.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Offerings are presented for Krishna's Birthday at the Hindu temple Sanatan Dharm Mandir in Kent Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

In celebration of Krishna's birthday, members of the Hindu temple Sanatan Dharm Mandir bathed and clothed baby Krishna dolls Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The dolls were adorned with a dress, flowers, a flute, water and a sweet drink.

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