Mathura, Sep 3: A sea of humanity descended in Mathura to offer prayers to Lord Krishna on Janmashtami. Janmashtami commemorates the birth of Lord Krishna and is one of the most important festivals for Hindus. Lakhs of pilgrims paid obeisance at major temples in Mathura on Monday on the occasion of Janmashtami amid tight security.
Janmashtami celebrations in Mathura are special as it is believed that Lord Krishna was born here. The city is decked up and special prayers are being held at the Krishna Janmasthan temple.
Krishna Janmasthan temple in Mathura
The secretary of Sri Krishna Janmasthan, Kapil Sharma, said with special arrangements put in place this year, devotees could pay obeisance to the deity without any obstacle and could get prasadam easily. According to him nearly 20 lakh pilgrims paid their obeisance in the temples of Mathura, Vrindaban, Barsana, Govardhan, Nandgaon, Baldeo, Mahaban and Gokul. (Image credit - PTI)
Devotees queue up to offer prayers at Sri Krishna Janamsthan temple
No untoward incident has been reported, District Magistrate Sarvagya Ram Mishra said. SSP Babloo Kumar attributed incident-free Janmashtami to faultless security planning. Posting of police personnel in plain clothes at strategic points also paid the dividend, he said. (Image credit - PTI)
Lord Krishna's idol decorated for Janmashtami
During a cultural programme organised at Leela Manch of Sri Krishna Janmasthan, Uttar Pradesh Power Minister Srikant Sharma congratulated the audience on Janmastami and appealed to them to cooperate with the authorities in maintaining cleanliness. Vrindaban was centre of attraction for pilgrims this forenoon, where the festival was celebrated in three major temples -- Radha Raman temple, Radha Damodar temple and Shah Ji temple. (Image credit - ANI/Twitter)
Security at Sri Krishna Janamsthan temple
Over two lakh pilgrims performed 'parikrama' of hillock Govardhan, on the occasion Sunday night, priest of Daan Ghati temple Rameshwar Purohit said. Meanwhile, preparation for "arrival of Krishna in Gokul" were in full swing, the priest of Raja Thakur temple in Gokul, Bhikoo Ji Maharaj, stated. (Image credit - ANI/Twitter)
OneIndia News with PTI inputs