Krishna Janmastami, the birthday of Lord Krishna, is being celebrated by the Hindus throughout the country today with devotion and veneration amidst a variety of programs including singing and dancing. According to scriptures, Lord Sri Krishna was born at the midnight of the Bhadra Krishna Astami day as per the lunar calendar during the Dwapar era.
Lord Krishna is considered as the 8th 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. Famous religious book, Bhagwat Geeta was created by Lord Krishna during the war between Pandav and Kaurab, at that time Arjun was afraid of war, and Lord Krishna convinced Arjun by illustrating life path of human and about karma and all those essential realities. That example of life cycle, which was given to Arjun is known as Bahgwat Geeta and popular in the world among different religious communities.
Sri Krishna Janamastami is celebrated in a grand manner to cherish the good deeds of Lord Krishna for a happy and prosperous life. Lord Krishna, born of Basudev and Devaki held prisoners in 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. Devotees throng the temples of Lord Krishna from early morning today.
In the capital, a large number of people line up for worshiping Lord Krishna Temple at Mangal Bazaar, Lalitpur. The renowned and artistic Sri Krishna temple made of stones was built by the then King of Patan, Siddhi Narsingh Malla. Various religious organizations and institutions celebrate the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna by organizing colorful 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-fed lamps. On this day most of the women are fasting for prosperous and happy life in the name of Lord Krishna.