Janmashtami procession taken out in Srinagar after 2 years
The procession started from the Ganpatyar temple in the Habba Kadal area of the city and passed through Kralkhud, Barbarshah before reaching the clock tower at the historic Lal ChowkAman Farooq for Greater Kashmir

Janmashtami procession taken out in Srinagar after 2 years

Srinagar, Aug 30: After a gap of two years, Kashmiri Pandits took out a Janmashtami procession to celebrate the birthday of Lord Krishna here on Monday.

Amid tight security arrangements, the procession started from the Ganpatyar temple in the Habba Kadal area of the city and passed through Kralkhud, Barbarshah before reaching the clock tower at the historic Lal Chowk, officials said.

They said the procession crossed over the Amirakadal bridge, passed through the Jehangir chowk and returned to the temple.

The annual festival marks the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu according to the Hindu religion. The festival is observed on the eighth Ashtami in the Hindu calendar which overlaps with August or September.
The annual festival marks the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu according to the Hindu religion. The festival is observed on the eighth Ashtami in the Hindu calendar which overlaps with August or September. Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir

The devotees, including men, women and children, danced alongside the chariot and distributed sweets among people.

A senior citizen among the devotees said it was after two years that they were allowed to take out the Janmashtami procession in Srinagar.

There was no procession in 2020 due to COVID-19 while the lockdown imposed in the wake of abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status in August 2019 had led to the cancellation of the event.

The devotees, including men, women and children, danced alongside the chariot and distributed sweets among people.
The devotees, including men, women and children, danced alongside the chariot and distributed sweets among people. Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir
A senior citizen among the devotees said it was after two years that they were allowed to take out the Janmashtami procession in Srinagar.
A senior citizen among the devotees said it was after two years that they were allowed to take out the Janmashtami procession in Srinagar. Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir
Hindus celebrate the festival by fasting, singing,  praying together and visiting Krishna or Vishnu temples. Dance drama popularly known as Rasa Lila or Krishna Lila is also held to showcase the legend of Lord Krishna among many Hindu communities.
Hindus celebrate the festival by fasting, singing, praying together and visiting Krishna or Vishnu temples. Dance drama popularly known as Rasa Lila or Krishna Lila is also held to showcase the legend of Lord Krishna among many Hindu communities. Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir
In Maharashtra and some other states in India, Janamashtami also witnesses Dahi Handi festival in which a pot full of yogurt is hung high on a rope, which is then broken by a Krishna devotee by making a pyramid among people.
In Maharashtra and some other states in India, Janamashtami also witnesses Dahi Handi festival in which a pot full of yogurt is hung high on a rope, which is then broken by a Krishna devotee by making a pyramid among people. Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir
The annual festival marks the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu according to the Hindu religion. The festival is observed on the eighth Ashtami in the Hindu calendar which overlaps with August or September.
The annual festival marks the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu according to the Hindu religion. The festival is observed on the eighth Ashtami in the Hindu calendar which overlaps with August or September. Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir

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