Nivedita Ganguly

Janmashtami celebrated with gaiety and fervour in city

VISAKHAPATNAM: Little Krishnas and Gopikas dressed in colourful attires participated in various events held in the city to celebrate Janmashtami here on Wednesday.

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) started the celebrations from 9 a.m. and competitions like painting, Gita recitation, essay writing, poster-making, fancy dress, solo and group dance, singing and drama were organised throughout the day.

The place was teeming with rolly-polly kids painted blue, flute in hand and the unmistakable peacock feather on the head, with little silk dhotis which were threatening to fall away at any moment much to the anxiety of the parents. It was a little horde of naughty Krishnas with only the parents being able to identify their wards.

Anxious parents

Parents had to keep an eye on the naughty ones who were oblivious to what was happening around and started to pull out the decorations. The participants displayed an exuberant enactment of the Lord's childhood endeavours to steal butter and curd from earthen pots beyond His reach, mother Yashoda punishing Lord Krishna for His mischief and Lord Krishna's Rasa Leela in Brindavan.

At midnight, the kalasabhishekham was performed with 108 kalasa and 51 lighted lamps. Earlier, ISKCON conducted an inter-college debate and essay writing contest at BVK College in connection with the festival.

Krishna Mandir (Sri Guruvayoorappan temple) at Seethammadhara North Extension Layout celebrated the day with a lot of fervour.

The celebrations started from 8 a.m. in the morning with Sri Purushasooktha, Navagraha, Sri Lakshmiganapathi homam. Later in the evening, little ones dressed as Lord Krishna participated in Utti Utsavam with great excitement.

Cultural programmes

Organising committee secretary P. Koteswar Rao said that many children participated in the cultural programmes held at the temple premises in the evening that depicted the life of Lord Krishna.

At midnight, Krishna arti was performed and firecrackers were burst to mark the birth of Lord Krishna.

At TVS Rao Krishna Vidya Mandir in Dwarakanagar, the annual Bala Gokulam where little Krishnas participated in a parade, was organised in a grand manner.

Prizes were given away to children who participated in the event. Four houses depicting the events of Krishna's childhood were set up on the occasion.