The Hindu community will observe Janmashtami, marking the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, across the country today with due religious fervour maintaining health guidelines and social distancing rules amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
According to Hindu religion, Lord Vishnu incarnated in the universe as Lord Krishna in the prison of Raja Kangsa on this day, the eighth of ‘Shukla Pakkha’ (bright fortnight) in the month of Bengali calendar Bhadra in Dwapara Yuga to protect religion and good spirit and punishing the evils.
The day is a public holiday in Bangladesh.
President Md Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Begum Rowshan Ershad, Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, in separate messages, greeted the members of Hindu community on the occasion.
In a message on the occasion, the President said, “Sri Krishna was a symbol of humanity and social reformer whose main philosophy was to forge the bond of true love and harmony among people, removing injustice, repression, persecution and conflicts from society.”
“Communal harmony is our great heritage. We will have to keep intact the mutual amity and harmony with our united efforts,” he added.
Welfare of mankind is the essence of all religions, he said, calling upon followers of all religious faiths to work together for national progress through strengthening the bond of fraternity and friendship existing in the society.
“Bangladesh is a country of communal harmony where people of all castes and creeds have been living in harmony for ages. Our constitution has guaranteed equal rights for people of all castes and creeds,” she said.
“We believe that religion is for individuals, festival for all,” she added.
Different temples, religious, social, and cultural organisations have planned elaborate programmes to observe Janmashtami.
Mohanagar Sarbojanin Puja Committee will arrange Gita Jagya on the premises of Dhakeshwari National Temple in Dhaka at 8:00am for the welfare of the country and the nation and a virtual discussion at 2:30pm where Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader will be connected as the chief guest.
Meanwhile, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISCON) has organised a six-day programme at Swamibagh Ashram on the occasion of Janmashtami.
Besides, Swami Bholananda Giri Ashram, Prabhu Jagadbandhu Mahaprakash Math, Radhamadhab Jio Dev Vigraha Mandir, Bardeswari Kalimata Mandir and Crematorium, Radha Govinda Jio Thakur Mandir, Shiva Mandir, Ramsita Mandir and Madhab Gaudiya Math will organise different programmes on the occasion.
The government on Sunday banned all rallies and processions marking the religious festival through a notification and asked the devotees to observe Janmashtami rituals maintaining proper health guidelines.
Earlier, in a views-exchange meeting with journalists on Saturday, Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad and Mohanagar Sarbojanin Puja Committee leaders called upon the country’s Hindu community to celebrate the rituals of Janmashtami within the temple premises.
They also requested the devotees not to bring out Janmashtami procession. According to them, visitors at the temple, priests and officials are asked to wear masks and temple authorities are instructed to ensure facilities to wash hands and use sanitizer.
No programme that encourage public gathering will be arranged, no one will be allowed to stay in temple for a long period of time and physical distancing will be maintained strictly.