Fervour marks Janmashtami
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 02, 2010, 22:37
New Delhi: Devotees chanting 'Hare Krishna' thronged decked-up temples as Janmashtami, marking the birth of Lord Krishna, was celebrated with religious fervour and enthusiasm across the country on Thursday.

Amid blowing of conch shells and chants of vedic hymns, lakhs of devotees since daylight made a beeline outside temples which wore a festive look.

In Mumbai, youngsters went around the city in processions and broke 'dahi handi' (pot filled with butter or curd and tied to a rope as high as 40-ft).

The faithful formed pyramids at various places to reach the handi as those gathered attempted to thwart their efforts by splashing water on them.

People observed day-long fast and dishes especially prepared for the occasion remained an attraction.

Amid tight security, over ten lakh pilgrims paid obeisance at temples in Mathura and Vrindaban in Uttar Pradesh as devotees swayed to the songs sung in praise of 'Makhan Chor'.

In Jaipur, the famous Govind Devji temple echoed with 'Radhe-Radhe' as people queued up to offer prayers.

Janmashtami was celebrated with traditional gaiety across Jammu and Kashmir where long-winding queues were seen outside lit up temples.

Raghunath rath yatras were taken out in various parts of Jammu in which hundreds participated.

Over a dozen tableaux depicting various aspects of the life of Lord Krishna, from his childhood to the battle of Mahabharata, and teachings of the Bhagwat Geeta formed part of the rath yatras.

President Pratibha Patil, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh greeted the nation on the occasion hoping the festival would inspire the people to work for the creation of a peaceful, harmonious and enlightened society.


First Published: Thursday, September 02, 2010, 22:37

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