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Shri Krishna Janmashtami was celebrated in the capital on Friday with reverence and joy. Throughout the day, the temple echoed with chants of ‘Nand Ke Anand Bhayo, Jai Kanhaiya Lal Ki, Yashoda Nandan Ki Jai, Makhan Chor Ki Jai, Hathi Ghoda Palki Jai Kanhaiya Lal Ki, Bolo Banke Bihari Lal Ki’.
The paintings and bhajan troupes adorning the temples maintained the thoroughly Christian atmosphere. At 12 o’clock in the night, the temple was resounding with the cries of Shri Krishna. During this, special aartis were performed in the temples amidst the abhishek and 56 types of delicacies were offered.
The birth anniversary of Lord Krishna started with the first aarti at five in the morning in all the big and small temples. After that the process of worshiping and seeing Lord Shri Krishna started and continued till midnight. Most of the devotees came to the Lakshmi Narayan temple to offer prayers.
The ISKCON temple (East of Kailash, Punjabi Bagh, Rohini, Dwarka and Geeta Colony) also witnessed the influx of devotees. There was a competition among the devotees to swing Lord Shri Krishna. Many small children had become Lord Krishna. All the temples were lit up with colorful lights and the temples were decorated with flowers. Attractive pictures of Lord Krishna were decorated in the temples.
The birth anniversary of Lord Shri Krishna was also celebrated at Chhatarpur Temple and Badri Bhagat Jhandewala Temple Complex. Similarly, at the Shri Ram Hanuman Vatika Temple located at Asaf Ali Road, the birth anniversary of Lord Shri Krishna was celebrated in a very unique way. Many pictures were made here, in which the pastimes of Lord Krishna were introduced.
Devotees danced with children who became Shri Krishna: Kirtan took place throughout the day at the Lakshmi Narayan Temple. During this, the devotees danced with the children who became Shri Krishna. His dancing was so enchanting that devotees queuing up here to watch him were forced to stop for a few moments.
Paintings were the center of attraction: At the Lakshmi Narayan temple, attractive paintings of Lord Krishna were decorated, in which various forms of Shri Krishna, Vasudev and Devaki were imprisoned, Vasudev carrying the child Shri Krishna from the prison across Yamuna. , Shri Krishna killing Putna, Shri Krishna showing the universe in his mouth to Yashoda, Narasimha avatar stealing butter etc. There were strict security arrangements: There were strict security arrangements at the Laxmi Narayan temple and ISKCON temples. Policemen were stationed not only at the main gate but also around the temples. Cops allowed devotees to enter the temple only after strict scrutiny. He also examined Prasad.
Abhishek with golden urn
All ISKCON temples also had special arrangements for the consecration of the Lord for the devotees. In the temples, Lord Krishna was consecrated with milk, curd and water from a golden urn. Hare Rama Hare Krishna Sankirtana took place throughout the day in the temples. Children from ISKCON Gurukul put on a special performance impersonating Radha Krishna. Hundreds of children tied the knot of devotion by becoming Radha Krishna.
1156 delicacies offered at Kanha
1156 delicacies were offered to Kanha at Khatu Shyam Dham Temple located at GT Karnal Road. Devotees came here from morning till midnight to have darshan. The children presented a dance drama and the life-lila of Krishna in the form of Krishna and Radha.
Unique display of spirituality and art
Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan shared the spiritual secrets of Lord Krishna’s life pastimes among the people through art during the Janmashtami celebrations held in Dwarka. In the programme, artistes from across the country and abroad staged dance dramas on themes like love for Shri Krishna-Sudama, unwavering devotion of Mirbai and Kaliya Mardan. Along with this, the young pracharaks of the institute presented the spiritual and scientific side of Shri Krishna Leelas in front of everyone.