Guwahati/Imphal: Fervent celebrations marked Janmashtami in Guwahati on Thursday with various cultural and religious groups organizing a dazzling array of programmes to commemorate the birth of Lord Krishna.
Prominent Vaishnavite temples and shrines across Assam were well decked up for the occasion with followers queuing up to offer obeisance to Krishna. Special daylong prayer sessions were held. Iskcon, Guwahati, organized a two-day Annual Janmashtami Festival on Thursday.
The festival began with Mangal Aroti that was followed by Krishna Bhajan, Akhanda Kirtan, Mahamantra Chanting, Abhishek, Maha Abhishek and midnight Aroti, concluding with the free distributions of offerings among the devotees.
“As part of the Sri Krishna Janmashtami Fetival, Iskcon Heritage Fest, a series of Vedic competitions, was organized for the school students of greater Guwahati from August 14 to 21. The festival will draw to a close on September 9 with Sri Sri Radhastami, an occasion of Abhishek and glorification of Srimati Radharani,” said Shreejeeva Das, temple president Iskcon.
The gusto and enthusiasm were strikingly noticeable among the Vaishnavites in Manipur. The main celebrations were held at Shri Shri Govindajee Temple and Iskcon Temple here. People swarmed all over the temple premises to attend prayer sessions.
Strong security measures were taken in view of the bomb attack at Iskcon temple in Sangaiporou that killed at least six devotees and injured many, including foreigners way back in 2006.
In her Janmashtami greetings, governor Najma A Heptulla said the teachings of Lord Krishna will forever remain as the guiding principal of mankind.