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Shree Krishna Janmashtami today

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KATHMANDU — Shree Krishna Janmastami, the birthday of Lord Shree Krishna, is being celebrated by the Hindus throughout the country on Sunday with devotion and veneration amidst a variety of programmes.

On this day, devotees throng the temples dedicated to Lord Krishna. Patan’s Krishna Mandir is the most revered religious destination in Kathmandu Valley. Nonetheless, devotees put maximum effort in decorating Krishna temples around their vicinity.

In the capital, a large number of people line up since early morning before famous Sri Krishna Temple at Mangal Bazaar, Lalitpur, and offer Pooja. The renowned and artistic Shree Krishna Temple made of stones was built by the then King of Patan, Siddhi Narsingh Malla.

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

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

Lord Krishna, born to Basudev and Devaki held prisoners by Kansha in Mathura, 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 a’Manmohan’ for the melodies he used to play on his flute, charming everyone.

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

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Indra Jatra begins

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KATHMANDU — Indra Jatra, known as the biggest festival of the Kathmandu Valley, formally began on Friday with the erection of a wooden ceremonial pole (lingo) and the fluttering of a flag named after the Hindu God Indra at Hanumandhoka.

Indra Jatra, one of the biggest festivals of the Newar community, is dedicated to the god of rain and king of heaven, Indra and celebrated for eight days.

The festival formally begins with the erection of a lingo (sacred wooden pole) at Hanumandhoka in Basantapur Darbar Square.

During the celebrations, Lakhe dances are performed on the streets of Kathmandu. The dance is one of the most popular dances of Nepal with performers wearing Lakhe costume and masks.

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There are various mythical stories related to the festival. One such popular story is about Indra who came down to earth to get a special flower parijat and Karkalo (taro) for his mother, who was fasting and worshiping Goddess Basundharadevi.

Upon landing in the Kathmandu Valley, Indra is said to have intruded into a garden to pluck the special flower for his mother. But when the the garden owner found this out, he used Tantrik powers to capture Indra and tied him with ropes in public for humiliation.

Knowing her son is tied up, Indra’s mother came down to the earth and promised the garden owner that she’d provide rain for a better harvest in return for her son.

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