Janmashtami, the birth celebration of Sri Krishna and one of the major festivals of the Hindu community, will be observed across the country today with due religious fervour and enthusiasm.
According to Hindu Puran (mythology), Sri Krishna (Lord) was born on the eighth tithi of Shukla Pakkha (fortnight of the new moon) in the Bangla month of Bhadra and takes birth in ages in the world to safeguard the good and pious people from the hands of malevolence people by establishing truth, justice and beauty in the society, reports BSS.Different religious, cultural and social organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes in observance of the day.
The day is a public holiday. National dailies will publish special articles while Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television, other private TV channels and radio stations will air special programmes highlighting various aspects of the eventful life of Sri Krishna.
In separate messages, President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the members of the Hindu community on the occasion of Janmashtami and wished all success of the programmes, the reports added.
Besides, President Abdul Hamid will exchange greetings with eminent citizens of Hindu community at Bangabhaban from 11.00am.
Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parisad and Mahanagar Sarbajanin Puja Committee have taken a two-day programme at the Dhakeshwari National Temple from today.
The programme includes prayer for welfare of the nation and the country through Sri Geeta Jagya at 8.00am while the traditional Janmashtami procession will be brought out from the national temple at 3.00pm.Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader will join the Jantashtami procession as chief guest while Mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation Sayeed Khokon will inaugurate pageant.
Besides, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and local lawmaker Haji Selim will present as special guests.
The procession will start from the Dhakeshwari National Temple and finish at Bahadur Shah Park via Palashi Bazar, Jagannath Hall, Central Shaheed Minar, Doel Chattar, High Court, Jatiya Press Club, Paltan, Shaheed Noor Hossain Square, Golap Shah Mazar, Gulistan intersection, Nawabpur Road and Roy Shaheb Bazar.
On the occasion of the Janmashtami, a discussion will be held at the Dhakeshwari National Temple on September 1 and Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal is scheduled to join the function as chief guest.
Meanwhile, president and secretary of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parisad Milon Kanti Dutta and Nirmol Chattarjee and president and secretary of Mahanagar Sarbajanin Puja Committee Shoilendra Nath Majumder and Advocate Kishor Ranjan Mandol greeted all on the occasion.