Kamsa killed Devaki’s sons but was unable to kill Krishna following a plot to smuggle him out of prison. Krishna kills Kamsa when he grows up, according to the Hindu story.
Speaking of the avatar, Vinaya said: “Whenever the evil in the world becomes too much, people pray to him and he gives them relief by destroying the evil.
“He was a complete avatar and his message is so relevant to today at the moment. His message was if you do something there will always be a reaction – any action has a reaction.”
She added: “You don’t do something because you want X, Y or Z, you do your duty and attribute it to God.”
Devotees will be fasting throughout the day and performing pujas – prayer rituals – before youngsters reenact the birth story and worshippers break their fasts after midnight – the time when Krishna was born.
Vinaya attributed Krishna’s popularity to him being relatable, especially as a child.
“He’s very popular,” she said. “He was a naughty child and mothers can relate to him, sisters relate to him, brothers relate to him – every person can relate to some aspect.”
In the lead up to the celebration, spiritual leader Swami Anand Giri will give talks – or bhagwat katha – about the deity at the temple.
He will be speaking everyday at 8.30pm from August 20 to August 28.