Janmashtami celebrated with religious fervor
DHAKA, Aug 11, 2019 (BSS) – Hindus today celebrated the Janmashtami
marking the birthday of Lord Sri Krishna, a central figure of
Hinduism, with due religious fervour and zeal.
In the wake of novel coronavirus outbreak, this year all rituals and
programmes were arranged inside temples maintaining health guidelines
scrapping traditional colorful processions as a decision was taken to
keep stopped processions and rallies marking the festival.
On the occasion, usually colourful Janmashtami processions
displaying blissful events of the life of Krishna are brought out in
But Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad central executive body at a
virtual meeting with its district and city units recently took the
decision to keep stopped processions and rallies marking the festival
this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, other programmes of the day, including puja, prayer and
Gita Yogya, discussion, cultural function and distribution of `prasad’
were celebrated with due religious fervour and gaiety.
President M Abul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in separate
messages on the occasion of the Janmashtami greeted Hindus and wished
their happiness and well-being.
On the occasion, Geeta Yagya was arranged at Dhakeswari National
Temple premises in the morning while Sitakunda Math and Mission,
Chattogram, Principal Swami Tapanananda Giri Maharaj conducted the
Yagya. Later, the Krishna Puja was observed in the night.
Ramkrishna Math and Ramkrishna Mission, Dhaka held recitation of
Geeta from 9am to 11:30am. Swami Debdhyanananda and Brahmacharya
Bhashwar recited from the Geeta. Other rituals include Bhajan
(religious music) and distribution of Prasad in the afternoon and
delivering of sermons by Guru Maharaj at 7:40pm and Sri Krishna Puja
at 8pm. Monks of Sankar Math O Mission, Sitakunda held ‘Geeta Yagya’
and worship of lord Krishna at 8am seeking blessings for the country,
the nation and the world maintaining health guidelines.
Besides, different religious, cultural and social organisations also
arranged identical programmes across the country in observance of the
The day was a public holiday. National dailies published special
articles on works and ideals of Lord Krishna. Radio and television
channels aired special programmes highlighting significance of the
Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad President Milon Kanti Dutta and
General Secretary Nirmol Chattarjee, Mahanagar Sarbajanin Puja
Committee President Shoilendra Nath Majumder and General Secretary
Advocate Kishor Ranjan Mondal, in a statement, on Monday greeted all
irrespective of castes, creeds and religions on the occasion of
According to mythology, Sri Krishna was born on the eighth day of
dark fortnight 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 malevolence people by establishing truth, justice and beauty
in the society.
It is usually observed on the eighth day (ashtami) of the Krishna
Paksha in the month of Sharavan or Bhadrapad.