Janmashtami being observed across country

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Dhaka, August 14: The Hindu community of the country is observing Janmashtami, marking the birth of Lord Krishna, on Monday with due religious fervour.

People of the Hindu community have brought out processions in the capital, divisional cities and district towns displaying the eventful life of Krishna and hold other programmes on this occasion.

Different social, cultural and religious organisations have planned elaborate programmes to observe Janmashtami.

According to Hindu religion, Lord Vishnu incarnated in the universe as Lord Krishna in the prison of Raja Kangsa on this day, the eighth of ‘Shukla Pakkha’ (bright fortnight) in the month of Bengali calendar Bhadra in Dwapara Yuga to protect ‘Dharma’ from the hands of devils.

Sri Krishna was born in Devaki and her husband Vasudeva in Mathura to which Krishna’s parents belonged.

The day is a public holiday.

President Abdul Hamid will host a reception at the Bangabhaban, marking the day.

President Md Abdul Hamid has called on people to be vigilant and ensure that false interpretations of religion are not used to sow division in society.

The president made the remarks at an event on Monday commemorating Janmasthami, the Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna.

“The Bangalee people are made up of Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists and Christians,” said Hamid as he greeted Hindu leaders at the Bangabhaban. “So we must all work to ensure that no nefarious powers divide us using religion as an excuse.”

“The major concern of all religions is the welfare of people and we must be vigilant against those who would preach falsely,” he said.

The teachings of Krishna call for an end to injustice, repression and violence and the development of communal love and harmony, the president said.

“The majesty of Krishna is reflected in the destruction of wickedness and misery and the protection of goodness and tradition.”

The president met with leaders and members of Bangladesh’s Hindu community during the Janmasthami event.

Meanwhile, President Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in separate messages greeted members of the Hindu community on the occasion of Janmashtami.