The holy Janmashtami, one of the major festivals of the Hindu community, marking the birth of Lord Krishna was celebrated in the capital and elsewhere across the country yesterday with due religious fervour and enthusiasm, agencies report.
According to the Hindu Puran (mythology), Sri Sri Krishna was born on the eighth tithi of Shukla Pakkha (fortnight of the new moon) in the Bangla month of Bhadra and he takes birth in ages in the world to safeguard the good and pious people from the hands of bad-naughty persons to establish truth, justice and beauty in all sphere of the society.
Different political, socio-cultural and religious organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes in observance of the holy Janmashtami. The day was a public holiday.
In separate messages, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted members of the Hindu community on the occasion of Janmashtami. To mark the festival, President Abdul Hamid also hosted a reception to the eminent citizens of Hindu community at Bangabhaban.
National dailies published special articles while Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and private TV channels and radio stations aired special programmes highlighting different aspects of the eventful life of Sri Krishna and activities among his disciples during the worldly days.
The Mohanagar Sarbojonin Puja Committee began a two-day programme at the Dhakeshwari National Temple today to mark the birth festival of Lord Krishna.
The programme includes prayer for welfare of the nation and the country, Sri Sri Geeta Jagya and Sri Krishna Puja. A colourful Janmashtami procession was brought from the national temple today and ended at Bahadur Shah Park parading city streets touching Doel Chhattar, National Press Club, Paltan, Gulistan and Nawabpur Road.
In the traditional procession, there were nearly 300 colorfully decorated trucks, elephant-drawn carriage, horse-and-bull-drawn carts and the processionists carried placards, festoons, banners and balloons.
With the beating of various types of drums, cymbals, conches; the devotees chanted “Hare-Krishna, Hare Krishna, Hare-Ram, Hare-Ram”. The devotees danced and sang religious songs with band-party and loud speakers. Idols of Krishna, Radha, Kangsha were carried while children were put on make-up as Krishna, Radha, demon Kangsha, Sheeb, Parbatee.
Earlier, Awami League Advisory Council Member and Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu attended the Janmashtami programme and colourful “Mangal Sobhajatra” procession as chief guest while Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokan formally inaugurated the Janmashtami procession.
Sector Commander Major General (Retd) Chitta Ranjan Dutta, Bir Uttam, lawmaker Haji Mohammad Salim, Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM A K M Shahidul Hoque and Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah, President of Puja Udjapan Committee Joyanta Sen Dipu and General Secretary Advocate Tapos Kumar Pal were present on the occasion.
As part of the central programme, a discussion meeting will be held at Dhakeshwari National Temple at 4 pm on 27 August. Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law Ministry Suranjit Sengupta will attend the discussion as chief guest. Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique will inaugurate the programme.
In a statement, leaders of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad and Mohanagar Sarbojonin Puja Committee greeted the countrymen on the occasion of Janmashtami. Meanwhile, police have taken adequate security measures to ensure smooth celebration of the Janmashtami in a festive atmosphere.
Apart from the regular security personnel, anti-crime elite force Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and plainclothes detectives ensured adequate security measures at different points. Besides, the closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras were installed at different strategic points while separate entry and exit points for men and women were made for the porgramme to avert any untoward incidents.
The birth festival of Sri Krishna was also celebrated in different districts through similar programmes.