Kozhikode

Colourful processions mark Sree Krishna Jayanthi celebrations

Children dressed as Brahma-Vishnu-Maheswar sharing water during the Sree Krishna Jayanthi Shobha Yatra in Kozhikode on Friday organised by Balagokulam; a little Krishan munches peanuts sitting on the trunk of an “elephant”; Shobha Yathra in Kannur; two girls dressed up as Radha coaxing a crying little Krishna at Karathodu near
Malappuram.

Children dressed as Brahma-Vishnu-Maheswar sharing water during the Sree Krishna Jayanthi Shobha Yatra in Kozhikode on Friday organised by Balagokulam; a little Krishan munches peanuts sitting on the trunk of an “elephant”; Shobha Yathra in Kannur; two girls dressed up as Radha coaxing a crying little Krishna at Karathodu near Malappuram.

Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat opened the Maha Sobhayatra (procession) to mark Sree Krishna Jayanthi celebrations in the city on Friday.

Speaking after inaugurating the Maha Shobhayatra, Mr. Bhagwat said that Sree Krishna Jayanthi disseminated the message that Krishna dwelt in all human beings, irrespective caste and creed. He had not attempted to vend spirituality to contest elections, Mr. Bhagwat said. Krishna spread the message of courage and unconditional love and instructed that one should conduct oneself resolutely without any fear.

The Sree Krishna Jayanthi celebrations organised by Balagokulam, an RSS-backed organisation, saw thousands of children taking part in colourful processions across the city. Braving the patchy drizzle on some occasions, children dressed as epic characters Krishna and Radha brought the city to a festive mood.

Vibrant floats

Local organisers conceptualised and designed the decorative floats that depicted scenes from Krishna’s life. These were accompanied by chendamelam.

The processions were taken out from the Sreekanteswaram Temple premises at 3.30 p.m. About 3,000 such processions were taken out across the district.

In the city, the processions were taken out from various places including Eranhipalam Thayat Bhagavathi Temple, Sree Durga Bhagavathi Temple on Gandhi Road, Sree Azhakkodi Devi Temple, Mankkavu Sree Trishala Bhagavathi Temple and Kallai Railway station premises. These came together to form a single procession at Muthalakulam Annapoorneswari Temple premises.

Balagokulam organising committee president K.V. Thomas presided over the inaugural function. State president R. Prasannakumar, filmmaker Ali Akbar, Balagokulam Kozhikode functionary K.K.Sreelas and RSS State leader K.K. Balaram spoke.

Joy on the streets:  (From left) Children dressed up as Krishna and Radha take part in Shobhayathra organised in Kannur; a little Krisha munches peanuts sitting on the trunk of an “elephant” during a procession in Kozhikode; and two girls dressed up as Radha coax a crying little Krishna at Karathodu near Malappuram on Friday as part of Sreekrishna Jayanthi celebrations in the three districts.

Joy on the streets: (From left) Children dressed up as Krishna and Radha take part in Shobhayathra organised in Kannur; a little Krisha munches peanuts sitting on the trunk of an “elephant” during a procession in Kozhikode; and two girls dressed up as Radha coax a crying little Krishna at Karathodu near Malappuram on Friday as part of Sreekrishna Jayanthi celebrations in the three districts.


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