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Krishna Janmastami observed
 

By A Staff Reporter

Kathmandu, Sept. 1

The Nepali Hindu across the nation celebrated on Wednesday Krishna Janmashtami, the day marked as the birthday of Lord Krishna.

On the occasion, the people across the nation took bath during early in the morning and visited the nearby Krishna Temple to offer worship along with flowers, sweets and other holy items.

Religious people also took fast the whole day and performed worship to Lord Krishna and broke fast after 12 PM, the time regarded as the birth period of Krishna, who is regarded an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, one of the trinity of Hindu Religion.

This festival is considered sacred all over the nation and is celebrated in different manner by various groups.

On this day, several residents of Kathmandu Valley visited the historical Patan Krishna Temple in Patan from early morning and paid their respect to Lord Krishna.

To mange the crowed of people and provide security to visitors, the police station has also been established near the temple.

On this very day, small children are portrayed as Lord Krishna and Radha by making them wear fineries and decorate them to imitate the Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha.

Different devotees of Lord Krishna also visited different section of the city playing musical instruments and singing devotional songs praising Lord Krishna.

According to scriptures, Lord Sri Krishna was born on the midnight of Bhadrakrishna Astami day as per the lunar calendar during the Dwapar epoch.

Lord Krishna is considered as the incarnation of Lord Bishnu, the protector of human beings from evil, injustice and devilish forces. He is also the proponent of the three principles of Gyanayog, Karmayog and Bhaktiyog.

Lord Krishna, born of Basudev and Devaki held prisoner by Kansha in Mathura, now in India, guided humanity on the path of knowledge, truth and immortality, the legend says.

Lord Krishna is also known as "Gopal" for his dedicated service to the cows as a herder. He is also known as "Manmohan" for the melodies he used to play on his flute, charming everyone.

The renowned and artistic Sri Krishna temple made of stones was built by the then King of Patan, Siddhi Narsingh Malla.

Various religious organisations and institutions celebrate the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna by organising colourful processions with the idols of Lord Krishna flanked by decorative portraits.

Devotees, especially women, spend the night chanting prayers and devotional songs, dancing and lighting oil lamps.

 
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