STORY: Participants, including women, played the "Dahi Handi," where they form human pyramids to break suspended clay pots full of curd and honey.
The event is meant to imitate a widely known part of Lord Krishna's childhood – he is believed to have been fond of butter, curd, and other dairy products.
Lord Krishna is worshipped as the eighth incarnation of Vishnu, one of the principle deities in Hinduism.
Earlier in the day, prayers were offered in several parts of the country as Hindus thronged temples to mark the occasion.
The festivities conclude at midnight – the time it is believed that Lord Krishna was born.