As a part of Janmashtami celebrations, the premises of ISKCON temple at Sagarnagar wore a festive look as children and elders crowded the venue to participate in the activities organized by the ISKCON temple authorities.
An array of interesting games such as ‘Utlotsavam’ for various age groups turned out to be a major attraction as water was splashed on the participants when they were trying hard to break the butter-pot tied above.
Apart from the process of the trouble-free darshan, the celebrations started at 4:30 a.m. and continued until the midnight as devotees arrived in a crowd to take part in several programmes lined up for the occasion.
Dressed up in traditional clothes, tiny tots turned up as Lord Krishna and Gopikas to impress the judges at the fancy dress competition. From ‘mangalarati’ to ‘akhand Harinama sankirtan’ and solo, group dance contests, the events attracted people of all age groups.
Meanwhile, a number of devotional activities were organized by Hare Krishna Movement at Alwardas Gthe rounds. Cultural programmes, ‘Harinama japa’ and ‘mahaabhishekam’ formed a part of the second day of the celebrations at the grounds that lasted until the midnight.
Several schools in the city came alive with celebrations. At NAD Kotha Road, Ramakrishna School celebrated Janmashtami with several programmes. A skit, ‘Krishna Leela’, ‘Utti Sambaralu’, fancy dress event, music, and dance were organized.
Anuraag Montessori School, run by ECoRWWO, Visakhapatnam celebrated the festival with passion. Vice-president of ECoRWWO, Usha Rao attended the programme, along with secretary Madhuri Kashipathi and other members. Students put up an impressive dance performance, depicting a part of Lord Krishna’s life.
Portraying the scenes from the Mahabharata, students of Sri Krishna Vidya Mandir, Dwarakanagar enthralled the audience with a cultural show. Followed by ‘Krishna puja’, the show was centered on ‘Usha and Anirudh parinayam’ and Lord Krishna’s birth, among other themes.