Krishna is a divine being, an incarnation of the Godhead, an avatar, and he is one of the most celebrated Indian heroes of all time. He has captured the imagination and devotion of Hindus everywhere in his many forms—whether as a frolicking, mischievous child, as the lover of shepherdesses, or as the friend and wise counsellor of the mighty warrior Arjuna. Krishna Janmashtami, the Hindu festival commemorating the birth of Krishna, always falls within mid-August to mid-September in the Gregorian calendar. In 2012, it is celebrated on August 10. The day is marked by fasting and prayer.