National holiday today to celebrate it
Sunday, 24 August 2008

Krishna Janmastami

Staff Correspondent

Lord Krishna's birth anniversary or Janmastami will be celebrated on Sunday, being marked by a public holiday.

According to the Hindu faith, Lord Krishna descended to this world some 5,500 years ago with a vow to establish love, truth and justice. Hindu devotees will celebrate the day of his 'birth' on earth with countrywide festivals.
 
President Iajuddin Ahmed and chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed marked the occasion with separate messages issued on the eve of Janmastami.
 
Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad and Mohanagar Sarbojanin Puja Committee will begin the day by holding Geeta Jagna (special devotions) at Dhakeswari Jatiya Mandir, praying for the welfare of the country and its people.
 
They will hold a colourful Janmastami parade from the temple 3pm, and hold puja (prayers) for Krishna into the night.
 
The organisations have asked the state to recognise and support the puja as a national event.
 
Hindu-Buddha-Christian Oikya Parishad president CR Dutta Bir Uttam, Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad president Prof Nimchandra Bhowmik, Mohanagar Sarbojanin Puja Committee president Kajal Devnath Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote general secretary Tarana Halim and leaders of different social and cultural organisations issued salutations on the eve of Janmastami.
 
Awami League acting president Zillur Rahman, BNP secretary general Khandker Delwar Hossain, Gano Forum president Dr Kamal Hossain, Bikalpadhara president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, LDP president Oli Ahmed, CPB president Manzurul Ahsan Khan, Workers Party president Rashed Khan Menon and Dhaka city mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka were among the political leaders who also marked the occasion with separate messages.

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