Jam-packed devotees around Krishna Temple during Krishna Janmastami
“Whenever and wherever there is a decline in virtue/religious practice and a predominant rise of irreligion—at that time I descend myself, i.e. I manifest myself as an embodied being.” Lord Krishna Bhagvad Gita
Eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Krishna was born to Devaki and Vasudeva more than 3000 years before Christ on the eighth day of dark fortnight on the month of Bhadrapada (August-September). Birth day of Krishna is observed auspiciously by Hindus as Krishna Janmastami with traditional jollity and spiritual fervor.
History meets religion- Patan Durbar Square during Krishna Janmastami
The birth of Krishna had primary purpose of killing all the evil powers of Satya Yuga before the world entered Kali Yuga as per the myth.
More than eighty percent of Nepalese Hindus celebrated Krishna Janmastami on August 28, 2013. The devotees observed the holy birthday of Lord Krishna by fasting until midnight. The sacred hymns from the Hindus holy book Bhagvad Gita were chanted. The soothing tunes of bhajans and holy songs were heard in the neighboring areas of Krishna Temples decorated with lights and flowers. The Krishna Mandir in Patan Durbar Square, Narayanhiti Krishna Mandir, and other temples of Lord Krishna are central hubs every year where numerous devotees throng to show the respect towards divine power in this particular day. Myriads of devotees flocked to the prehistoric Krishna temple in old Patan Durbar Square to keep vigil through the venerated night of his birth. Devotees edged their way slowly up the narrow steps through the seated devotees to the temple’s dark interior, to where the main idol stands. There they offered flowers, coins and food, and waited long for a glimpse of the Krishna’s idol.
Queue for the glimpse of Lord Krishna’s idol
Line of devotees stretches to the street
Photo Courtesy: Ms. Kumari Malla
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