Midnight Ecstasy Janmashtami Takes Over India – ThePrint – ANIFeed
New Delhi [India]Aug 20 (ANI): Devotees swarmed Krishna temples across the country to join in the midnight celebrations on the occasion of Janmashtami.
In Mathura, devotees were seen dancing to the tunes of “Hare Rama Hera Krishna”. The enthusiasm is quite similar in Krishna temples across the country. According to mythology, the birth of Lord Krishna took place at midnight. Special Prasada is distributed after midnight rituals on Janmashtami.
In the ISKCON temple in Delhi, special rituals were performed as part of the midnight celebrations. Worshipers gathered to preview the ceremony.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan participated in Dahi Handi amid midnight celebrations on Krishna Janmashtami in Bhopal.
Janmashtami was celebrated across the country with all fervor on Friday. Temples were seen illuminated with colored lights and chants of “Jai Shree Krishna” echoed through various towns and villages.
On Friday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah visited the ISKCON temple in Ahmedabad with his wife Sonal Shah to offer prayers.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple in Mathura on the occasion of Janmashtami.
“Paritranaya Sadhunam Vinashaya Cha Dushkritam’, the teachings of Lord Shri Krishna, inspire our thoughts, actions and vision,” Adityanath said.
In Thane of Maharashtra, the Janmashtami festival was celebrated on a large scale and several Dahi Handi competitions were held there. A huge crowd had gathered to watch the Dahi Handi competition.
Bollywood actor Shraddha Kapoor celebrated the Dahi Handi event with Chief Minister of Maharashtra Eknath Shinde in Thane.
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis attended the Dahi Handi celebrations at Ghatkopar in Mumbai on Friday.
Janmashtami is a Hindu festival celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Krishna. According to the Hindu calendar, Lord Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu, was born on the eighth day of the month of Bhadra.
The day mostly falls in the month of August or September according to the Western calendar.
The festival is celebrated by offering prayers to Lord Krishna, with beautifully decorated swings, dance and music performances as well as the Dahi Handi competition.
Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent his greetings to the country.
“Warm greetings to all fellow countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami. May this festival of devotion and merriment bring happiness, prosperity and good fortune in everyone’s life. Long live Shri Krishna!” tweeted PM Modi. (ANI )
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