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Janmashtami: Temples to stream puja live due to COVID-19

The temples which will be unable to host the devotees as a result of the pandemic will go online to showcase the E-puja and Abhishek.

Janmashtami: Temples to stream puja live due to COVID-19
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The festival of Janmashtami, which is to be celebrated from August 11 to August 13, will be celebrated over a period of three days instead of two this year. The temples which will be unable to host the devotees as a result of the pandemic will go online to showcase the E-puja and Abhishek.

Janmashtami is celebrated on Krishna Paksha or the new moon phase of Shravan that corresponds to the July-August months of the Gregorian calendar.

The ISKCON order worldwide will celebrate the birth of Krishna at midnight August 12. Spokesperson Parijata Devi confirmed the same. The rituals of Radha Gopinath Temple of ISKCON Chowpatty are touted to go live on Facebook and Youtube.

Janmashtami or Gokulashtami is an annual festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna where several forms of dance-drama enactments of the life of Krishna according to the Bhagavata Purana (such as Rasa Lila) are conducted with devotional singing through the midnight when Krishna was born.

Moreover, Dahi Handi, one of the festivities, on Janmashtami is celebrated with much cheer in the city of Mumbai on Gokulashtami. Hit hard by the outbreak of the coronavirus, the organizers of the popular Dahi Handi festivities, in Mumbai have started cancelling the Dahi Handi celebrations this year.

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