Janmashtami celebrated with fanfare in Srinagar

Kashmiri Pandits organized a Janmashtami procession to celebrate the birthday of Lord Krishna in Srinagar on Monday. Amid tight security arrangements, the jhanki yatra started from the Ganpatyar temple in the Habba Kadal area of the city and passed through Kralkhud, Barbarshah before reaching the aclock tower at the historic Lal Chowk, officials said. 

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

Devotees, including men, women and children, sang Krishna Bhajans, danced with abandon alongside the chariot and distributed sweets among people. 

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. 

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