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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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Devotees throng in Hindu shrines to observe Bala Chaturdashi

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KATHMANDU- Thousands of Hindu devotees from across the country have thronged in Pashupatinath temple and some other Hindu shrines from early morning today to pay homage to their near and dear ones, who died over the last one year, on the occasion of Bala Chaturdashi.

Families of those deceased sow the Satbeej (many different seeds) and lit lights praying for eternal peace to the deceased on this day.

In Pashupati, the devotees have observed penance the whole night from the last night and have taken the holy dips this morning to sow the seeds.

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The holy seeds of paddy, maize, wheat, barley and others are sown at Kailash, Gaurighat, Aryaghat, and Guheswori of Pashupati area, and Panchase, Galeshwor and Lord Shiva’s shrines across the country in Bala Chaturdashi that falls on Marga Krishna Chaturdashi.

As per the Hindu mythology, one’s ancestors will rest in heaven if such seeds are sown in the shrines of the Lord Shiva after lighting the lamps in their memory on the night of Marga Krishna Trayodashi.

In order to assist the devotees, the Pashupati Area Development Trust has arranged tents and other basic facilities, according to Trust’s Member Secretary Dr Pradeep Dhakal.

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