12 August 2020 12:31
Janmashtami 2020 photos | Photo Credit: ANI It's an auspicious occasion for Lord Krishna's devotees all over the world as it's Janmashtami or Gokulashatami today. Shri Krishna is believed to be the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu who was born on Earth to restore peace and Dharma in the Dwapar Yuga. Janmashtami is usually observed on the eighth day or Ashtami of the Krishna Paksha in the month of Shravan or Bhadrapad. This year, Janmashtami celebrations began on August 11 and will be celebrated until today (August 12). As per the Hindu tradition, Krishna is believed to have been born in Mathura at midnight.
So, Krishna puja is usually conducted at midnight. The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we celebrate major festivals. Shri Krishna Janmashtami celebrations usually witness lakhs of devotees visiting various temples to offer prayers and seek blessing. However, this year, temples and devotees are following strict social distancing guidelines and no gatherings will take place. Most people virtually joined the celebrations as the ISKCON temple in Vrindavan live telecasted the puja rituals. Clicked on the lens, priests and their family members singing bhajan and offering prayers at the Radha Krishna Temple in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh. Seen here, the Radha Krishna temple in Meerut all decked up on the occasion of Krishna Janmashtami. Clicked on the lens, Shri Krishna's murti in Madhya Pradesh's Pachmatha Mandir on the occasion of Janmashtami. Seen here, Delhi's ISCKON temple fully decked up on the auspicious occasion. Shri Krishna devotees offered prayers and sang devotional songs at ISKCON Temple in Delhi. Seen here, a priest performing puja rituals on the occasion of Krishna Janmashtami at ISKCON Temple, Noida. Seen here, Aarti being performed at Garbha Griha in Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple as Mathura celebrates Janmashtami today. Uttar Pradesh's Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also offered prayers at Gorakhnath Temple in Gorakhpur, UP. (All photos are taken from- [email protected])