Sree Krishna Jayanthi – Kerala to become Ambadi today

published on September 7, 2012

Hindus in Kerala will celeberate Sree Krishna Jayanthi todaywith great devotion. Elaborate arrangements have made in all Sree Krishna Temples across the state. The festival of Krishna Janmashtami is the celebration of Lord Krishna’s birthday. Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is a unique character in Hindu history. He was naughty in his childhood days and proved to be a profound philosopher in his adulthood as illustrated by the Bhagwad Geeta.

In Kerala Janmashtami is celebrated incolorful manner befitting the status of a national festival under Balagokulam across the state . The Shobhayatras, the colourful procession, is attended by not only the children but also the whole society. The message of the legendary proponent of Gita is spread among the people through bhajans, story, discourses, speeches etc. Tableau of Sree Krishna’s balaleela add colour to the beauty of the Shobhayatras. The strength of Janmashtami Shobhayatras increased with the increase in the popularity of the organization and the people’s interest and participation in it.

Now, more than 3500 places witness mammoth Shobhayatras, through out the state. Social leaders and saintly men and intellectuals come forward to grace and address the programmes of Balagokulam. More than 20 lacs (2 million) including children and elders took part in last years Shobha yatras

In the early days, the Sreekrishnajayanthi was not a holiday in the state. It was due to the influence of Balagokulam, that the Government declared it a holiday.
Sreekrishnajayanthi processions in Kerala became a source of inspiration for other states also and this celebration has gained momentum in those places and encouraged to start Balagokulam units there. Even Gulf countries have followed suit in the recent years and enthusiastic parents there celebrate Sreekrishnajayanthi in the most befitting way setting example to others.

Worship of mother cow (Gopooja), Women Empowerment meet, family get-together, competitions in arts and music among children, planting of trees and such other programmes to motivate children and elders in many ways are organized along with Janmashtami celebrations.

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