Janmashtami, the birth of lord Sri Krishna and one of the major festivals of the Hindu community, is being celebrated across the country today (Tuesday) with due religious fervour and gaiety.
In the wake of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, this time all rituals and programmes are being arranged inside temples maintaining health guidelines as a decision has been taken to keep stopped all types of processions and rallies marking the festival.
The decision was taken recently at a virtual meeting of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad central executive body with its district and city units.
In separate messages, President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have greeted the members of the Hindu community on the occasion of Janmashtami and wished all success of the programmes.
Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad General Secretary Nirmal Kumar Chattarjee said a one-day programme has been taken centrally on Dhakeshwari National Temple premises marking the festival.
According to mythology, Sri Krishna was born on the eighth day of dark fortnight in the Bangla month of Bhadra and he takes birth in ages in the world to safeguard the good and pious people from the hands of malevolence people by establishing truth, justice and beauty in the society.
It is usually observed on the eighth day (ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha in the month of Sharavan or Bhadrapad. Different religious, cultural and social organisations have also chalked out identical programmes across the country in observance of the Janmashtami. The day is a public holiday.