Hindu community to observe Janmashtami Monday
The holy Janmashtami, birth festival of Sri Sri Krishna and one of the major festivals of the Hindu community, will be observed across the country on Monday with due religious fervour and enthusiasm.
It has been mentioned in the Hindu Puran (mythology) that Sri Sri Krishna (Lord) was born on the eighth tithi of Shukla Pakkha (fortnight of the new moon) 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 bad-naughty persons to establish truth, justice and beauty in society.
Different social, cultural and religious organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes in observance of the holy Janmashtami. The day is a public holiday.
In separate messages, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted members of the Hindu community on the occasion of Janmashtami and wished all success of the programme.
In his message, the President said Bangladesh is a country of religious harmony and followers of all religions observe their rituals maintaining mutual harmony and amity in the country.
Welfare of mankind is the essence of all religions, he said and added that all should remain alert so that none can create anarchy in society using religion.
Abdul Hamid called upon followers of all faiths to work together for national progress through strengthening the bond of fraternity and friendship existing in society.
In her message, the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Sri Krishna had upheld the flag of peace, love for humanity and justice throughout his life. He used to adore truth and beauty through his work and lifestyle.
"Bangladesh is a country of communal harmony where people of every caste and creed have been living in harmony for ages," she added.
The Prime Minister also said the present government, imbued with the spirit of Liberation War, is pledged-bound to maintain communal harmony in the country.
She hoped that the festival, Janmashtami, would inspire disciples of Sri Krishna to follow his ideals and teachings.
"We will be able to transform the country into Father of the Nation Bangbandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's dreamt 'Sonar Bangla' through implementing the 'Vision-2021' and 'Vision-2041' with the collective efforts of all," she also hoped.
President Abdul Hamid will host a reception to the eminent citizens of Hindu community at Bangabhaban from 11 am to 12 noon tomorrow to mark the festival.
National dailies will publish special articles while Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television and other private TV channels and radio stations will air special programmes highlighting different aspects of the eventful life of Sri Sri Krishna.
The Mohanagar Sarbojonin Puja Committee has taken a two-day programme at the Dhakeshwari National Temple from tomorrow to mark the birth festival of Lord Krishna.
The programme includes prayer for welfare of the nation and the country tomorrow through Sri Sri Geeta Jagya and Sri Krishna Puja at 8 am while the traditional Janmashtami procession will be brought from the national temple at 3 pm and Krishna puja will be held at night.
In line with the central programmes, a discussion and a cultural event will be held on August 18 (Friday).
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader will be present at the Janmashtami procession as the chief guest.
In a statement, leaders of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad and Mohanagar Sarbojonin Puja Committee today conveyed their greetings to all citizens of the country on the occasion of Janmashtami.