Janmashtami, the celebration of Lord Sri Krishna’s birth and one of the major festivals of the Hindu community, was celebrated across the country on Monday with prayer for a pandemic-free world and welfare and wellbeing of the country.
All religious rituals and programmes were arranged inside temples maintaining health guidelines and social distancing rules amid the Covid-19 outbreak, according to a decision taken by the government and Hindu community leaders.
The Janmashtami celebration was organised centrally at the Dhakeshwari National Temple in the capital by Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad and Mohanagar Sarbojanin Puja Committee. But no Janmashtami procession was brought out marking the festival.
“We are celebrating Janmashtami maintaining the health protocols strictly. No rally is taking place this year, following the government’s instructions,” said Nirmal Chaterjee, general secretary of Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad. The main programme of the day began in the morning with Chandipath. Gita Joggo was also held in different temples and prayer songs were performed for the devotees gathered there.
Later, a virtual discussion was arranged at 2:30pm where Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader was connected as the chief guest.
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Vikram Kumar Doraiswami, AL Cultural Affairs Secretary Asim Kumar Ukil and daily Bhorer Kagoj Editor Shyamal Dutta also joined the programme.
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 organised different programmes on the occasion.
Chief priest of Dhakeshwari National Temple Ranjit Chakraborty said, “Lord Sri Krishna appeared on Earth in different forms in different ages. We are celebrating His birth anniversary today.”
“The scripture we have recited today contains his messages,” he said, adding that the congregation was praying for a pandemic free world and wellbeing of the country.
The birth festival of Lord Sri Krishna was celebrated in different districts, including Chattogram, Rajshahi, Barishal, Khulna, Sylhet, Mymensingh, Cumilla, Jashore, Narayanganj, Narsingdi, Kishoreganj, Netrakona, Pabna, Faridpur, Gopalganj, Moulvibazar, Habiganj, Dinajpur and Thakurgaon.
National dailies published special articles while Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television, private TV channels and radio stations aired special programmes highlighting different aspects of the eventful life of Sri Krishna.
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 punish the evils.