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.
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.
President extends good wishes on occasion of Maghe Sankranti
KATHMANDU— President Bidya Devi Bhandari has extended happiness, peace and prosperity to all Nepali sisters and brother at home and abroad on the occasion of the Maghi or Maghe Sankranti.
In a message issued from the Secretariat of the President, President Bhandari has expressed her confidence that this festival would strengthen social unity by promoting mutual understanding among different castes and communities of our society.
Our festivals have contributed a lot to maintain our Nepali identity by linking geographic, cultural, ethnic and lingual diversities and such festivals have played vital role to make our country known in the global stage, President Bhandari has said in the message.
In a similar message, Vice-president Nanda Bahadur Pun has said that such festival enhance mutual harmony, tolerance, fraternity and unity among the Nepalis and contribute to conservation and promotion of our indigenous culture.