ISKCON temple all set for Janmashtami celebration
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) temple here is all set to celebrate Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna.
In the temple, 'Mangal Aarti' ended at around 4.30 a.m. this morning, and was followed by a 'Sringar' or dressing up of Lord Krishna.
A temple official told ANI, "At 10.30 in the night, an even bigger process of decorating Lord Krishna will take place with milk, curd, honey, water of the Holy River Ganga and flower petals. Afterwards, at sharp 12 in the night, the god will be treated with 1008 different types of food items, followed by a 'Maha Aarti' at 12.30 a.m.".
"We are expecting around ten lakh devotees to turn up for the celebration at night and security arrangements have been made accordingly. It involves one thousand security guards along with volunteers, seven hundered police officials, four ambulances, two fire engines and a team of medical experts with complete first aid requirements. To keep an eye on the activities, sixty CCTV cameras have also been installed," he added
Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna is celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm in India in the month of July or August. According to the Hindu calendar, this religious festival is celebrated on the Ashtami of Krishna Paksh or the eighth day of the dark fortnight in the month of Bhadon.
The actual celebration of Janmashtami takes place during the midnight, as it is traditionally believed that Lord Krishna was born to the Princess Devaki around that time in a prison in Mathura. The night of his birth was very dark, stormy and windy, and it is believed that this incarnation of LOrd Vishnu came to earth to end the violent rule of his uncle and the king of Mathura, Kansa. All over India, this day is celebrated with devotional songs and dances, prayers, the blowing of the conch shells and the rocking of cradles.
The Janmashtami celebration in Mathura and Vrindavan, the places where Lord Krishna spent his youth, is said to be of a very special nature. On this day, temples and homes are wonderfully decorated and illuminated. Night-long prayers are offered and religious mantras are sung in the temples.
(Posted on 18-08-2014)