Janmashtami observed with religious fervour, communal harmony in Kashmir
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Janmashtami observed with religious fervour, communal harmony in Kashmir

Post by Irfan Yattoo on Friday, September 8, 2023

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Srinagar, Sep 07: The celebration of Lord Krishna's birthday, known as 'Janmashtami,' in the Kashmir region was marked by unity and goodwill among communities. Temples were beautifully decorated, and a 'Shoba Yatra' procession, a traditional part of the festivities, saw the participation of local Pandit devotees. 
On this special day, parents sent fruits like apples, pears, and grapes to their daughters' homes, adding a heartwarming touch to the celebrations.
In Srinagar city, Sheetal Nath in the Habba Kadal area, as well as temples in Ganpatyar, Somyaar, Batyaar, and other places, were illuminated with lights and adorned with colourful buntings. Night time prayers were offered, and Muslim neighbours extended warm greetings to the devotees, upholding the region's long-standing tradition of brotherhood.
The Yatra was led by Sudarshan Das celebrating Krishna Janmashtami at famous Ghanta Ghar Lal chowk in Srinagar.
In Ganderbal district, Muslim neighbours, elders, and children enthusiastically joined in the celebrations with their Pandit friends in Nuner, Waskura, and various other locations. This harmonious display exemplifies the region's eclectic and tolerant culture, which has been nurtured over centuries by local Sufis and Saints.
In Baramulla, a large gathering of Jannmashtami celebrations was held in the town. Celebrations reach Mata Shelputri Asthapan Baramulla on NH Uri road.
Similar processions were carried out in other parts of the Valley including Pulwama, Kupwara, Shopian. Hindu Muslim amenity was observed on the occasion and both communities were seen sharing their bonds together.
Prominent figures, including Lt Governor Manoj Sinha, politicians, and socio-religious leaders, extended heartfelt greetings to the local Hindu community, emphasising the significance of the festival in inspiring progress and peace for all in the region.
As per the Hindu calendar, Lord Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu, was born on the eighth day of the month of Bhadra. The day mostly falls in the months of August or September as per the Western calendar.

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