According to scriptures, including Mahabharata, Krishna, revered as the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu, was born to King Vasudeva and Devaki of Mathura in Dwapara Yuga on the eighth day of the dark half of Bhadra.
On the occasion, devotees throng to Krishna temples since early morning and make offerings of money, fruits, sweets, and clothes. They observe a fast and sing devotional songs dedicated to Krishna until midnight, believed to be the time of Lord Krishna’s birth.
On this day, people throng to the temples of Lord Krishna, a playful god who, according to Hindu mythology, killed his uncle Kanksa to relieve his people from age-old tyranny, acted as a mentor for the Pandavas in their victory in the famous battle of Mahabharata and stood as a beacon of the triumph of the good over evil. Lord Krishna’s love and devotion towards his beloved Radha is also equally celebrated by followers of Hinduism.
President Ram Baran Yadav extended greetings to Nepalis living at home and abroad on the occasion of Krishna Janmasthami and Gaura Parva, which is mainly celebrated in the Far-Western Region.
“Festivals like Shree Krishna Janmasthami have helped the Nepali people enjoy various cultures and languages,” he said in the message.
On this day, people parade on the streets carrying idols of Krishna. A special religious ceremony also takes place at Krishna Mandir in Patan, Lalitpur, on the occasion.
Many devotees are seen queuing-up in the temples of Lord Krishna including Krishna temple of Lalitpur to offer prayers to lord Krishna. The devotees celebrate the day by Midnight today as it is considered that lord Krishna was born at the midnight.
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