Ymuna river is also closely connected to Mahabharat and Lord Krishna. While His father Vasudeva was crossing the Yamuna with baby Lord Krishna for a safe place at Gokula on the other bank of the river from Mathura, the Lord fell down in the river, and by the dust of His lotus feet the river at once became sanctified. A bath in Yamuna river is said to be one hundred times more purifying than a bath in the Ganges, because the Ganges was once touched by the feet of Lord Vishnu, it was the Yamuna where Lord Krishna Himself played and swam with His cowherd boyfriends and with the beautiful gopi damsels of Vraja.
Perhaps the Yamuna was in spate this year just like this centuries ago when Lord Krishna was born. As the flooded river meanders its way through the land of the cowherd god, hordes of curious people have converged on the ghats in Vrindavan, Mathura and Agra, creating a colourful setting for Jamashtami festival. The Yamuna has made this Janmashtami special. On Tuesday, the water level in the river crossed the lower danger mark of 495 ft. Right now it's 495.3 ft, bringing alive the legend of Krishna, when the newly born Sri Krishna lowers his feet into the river while (his father) Vasudev transports him across the river.