Janmastami celebrated amid festivity, devotion
Monday, 25 August 2008


Lord Krishna's birth anniversary or Janmastami was being celebrated on Sunday, marked by a public holiday, devotions and festivity.

The day's programmes include colourful parades, gatherings, Geeta Jaggyam (special prayers), kirtan (devotional songs) and puja (worship) at Hindu temples across the country.
According to the Hindu faith, Krishna, the incarnation of the God, descended to this world some 5,500 years ago with a vow to establish love, truth and justice. Devotees are celebrating the day of his 'birth' on earth at temples countrywide.
Mohanagar Sarbojanin Puja Udjapon Committee set out a two-day religious festival at Dhakeswari Jatiya Mandir Sunday morning, with Geeta Jaggyam or special prayers for the welfare of the country and its people.
The Puja Udjapon Committee along with Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad organised a colourful Janmastami parade starting from the temple at around 3pm, with Dhaka city mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka officiating.
Krishna Puja has been scheduled for later Sunday night.
The day was also being celebrated in the capital's other temples including ISKCON temple at Swamibagh, Sree Sree Radha Madhob Jeo Dev Bigroho temple in old Dhaka's Kailash Ghosh Lane, and Radha Govinda Jeo Thakur temple at Sutrapur.
Devotees gathered at the temples from morning to offer their prayers to Lord Krishna.
President Iajuddin Ahmed and chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed marked the occasion with separate messages issued on the eve of Janmastami.
President Iajuddin and his wife Anwara Begum exchanged greetings with the members of the Hindu community at the Bangabhaban at 10:30am.
President of Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad CR Dutta Bir Uttam, president of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad Neem Chandra Bhowmik and members of Hindu community from different professions exchanged greetings with the president.
Later a cultural function was held. Law and religious affairs adviser AF Hassan Ariff accompanied the president.
Earlier, Dutta, 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.
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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