City Temples Decked Up For Janmashtami Celebrations | Patna News – Times of India

PATNA: Temples across the state capital have been decked up for the Krishna Janmashtami celebrations on Friday. Expecting arrival of a large number of devotees for participating in the birthday celebration, slated to be organised in the midnight, the temples and their approach roads have been illuminated with colourful lights and flowers.
International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) temple at Patna was busy in preparations of 20 ton of laddoos as offering to the Lord Krishna. The ISKCON temple’s spokesman Nand Gopal Das said that the devotees from other states would begin reaching there since morning to participate in the two-day celebrations. An attractive metallic ‘jhoola’, prepared for the birthday celebration, was being given final touches of decoration.
At Sri Krishna Pranami temple in Guljarbagh, the Janmashtami will be celebrated by offering prayers to Mor, Mukut and Bansuri (The symbolic peacock feathers, crown and flute played by Lord Krishna). Its head priest Sukhdev Pranami said, “This temple, supposed to be over two centuries old, draws a large number of devotees from Patna City and adjoining rural areas like Fatuha and Khusrupur on usual days, but their number rises on special occasions like Janmashtami.”
The main feature of the celebration would be 108 types of prasad to be offered as ‘Bhog’ to Krishna in addition to recital of religious songs and bhajans, he said.
The Mahaveer temple has also made arrangements for Janmashtami. Its secretary Aacharya Kishore Kunal said besides Bhagwat Katha, recital of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita and a special Aarti would be held at midnight.
Ramaswami Pundit, head priest of the Hanuman Mandir near St Karen’s school in Gola road, said Janmashtami would be celebrated with enthusiasm. The temple has been decorated with colourful lights and a special brass jhoola has been brought from Banaras for this occasion, he added.
Apart from temples, local markets were also abuzz with activities, mainly sale of kids’ special dresses and crowns for enacting the childhood of Lord Krishna. Several roadside stalls selling these items did brisk business in Danapur, Raja Bazar, Kadamkuan, Boring Road, Kankarbagh, Mithapur and Patna City on Thursday.

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