Janmashtami celebrations amid Covid-19 restrictions
In Mathura, devotees gathered outside the temple and greeted each other in loud chorus to celebrate the festival which was followed by the prayer (aarti) of God. Bathing ceremony of the deity – ‘Abhishekam’ was also performed with milk, curd, honey, ghee and khandsari. After the ‘Abhishekem’, ‘Charnamrit’ was distributed among the devotees in the Radha Raman temple of Vrindavan ensuring that devotees maintain social distancing and wear masks.
The Dahi Handi ritual inspired by the tale of Lord Krishna boyhood trick of stealing butter from a suspended earthen pot was also a low-key celebration in Maharashtra. The ritual involves youngsters moving around the city in processions, make human pyramids and break pots filled with butter or curd to win the prize money. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, a child climbed atop a table and broke Dahi Handi to mark the festival in a symbolic manner.
The President and the Prime Minister of India greeted the citizens of the country on the eve of Janmashtami. The President appreciated the efforts of the corona warriors in their fight against the deadly virus which is truly inspired by the Karmayoga principle of the Lord Krishna.