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Hindu community celebrates Janmashtami

Dhaka: The holy Janmashtami, one of the major religious festivals of the Hindu community, was celebrated in the capital and elsewhere across the country today with due religious fervour and enthusiasm, marking the birth of Lord Krishna, reports BSS.

According to the Hindu Puran (mythology), Sri Sri Krishna was born on the eighth tithi of Shukla Pakkha (fortnight of the new moon) in the Bangla month of Bhadra and he takes birth in ages in the world to safeguard the good and pious people from the hands of bad persons to establish truth, justice and beauty in all sphere of the society.

Different political, socio-cultural and religious organisations chalked out elaborate programmes in observance of the holy Janmashtami.

The day was a public holiday.

In separate messages, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted members of the Hindu community on the occasion of Janmashtami.

To mark the festival, President Abdul Hamid also hosted a reception to the eminent citizens of Hindu community at Bangabhaban at 11 am today.

National dailies published special articles while Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and private TV channels and radio stations aired special programmes highlighting different aspects of the eventful life of Sri Krishna and activities among his disciples during the worldly days.

The Mohanagar Sarbojonin Puja Committee has taken a two-day programme at the Dhakeshwari National Temple today to mark the birth festival of Lord Krishna.

The programme includes prayer for welfare of the nation and the country tomorrow through Sri Sri Geeta Jagya at 8 am.

A colourful Janmashtami procession was brought out at 3 pm from the national temple today and ended at Bahadur Shah Park after parading different city streets, including Doel Chhattar, High Court, Dhaka South City Corporation Building, Gulistan and Nawabpur Road. The Krishna puja will also be held tonight.

Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sayeed Khokan formally inaugurated the Janmashtami procession.

Earlier, Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader and Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal addressed a discussion at the Palasy square with Mohanagar Sarbojonin Puja Committee President DN Chaterjee in the chair.

As per the programme, a discussion and a cultural event will be held at Dhakeshwari National Temple on August 18 (Friday).

Besides, in a statement, leaders of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad and Mohanagar Sarbojonin Puja Committee greeted the countrymen on the occasion of Janmashtami.

The birth festival of Sri Krishna was also celebrated through similar programmes in different districts across the country, including Jessore, Pabna, Sherpur, Barguna, Barisal, Faridpur, Gopalganj, Dinajpur, Khulna, Habiganj.

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