The Hindu community of the country observes Janmashtami, marking the birth of Lord Krishna, today with due religious fervour.
According to Hindu religion, Lord Vishnu incarnated in the universe as Lord Krishna in the prison of Raja Kangsa on this day, the eighth of "Shukla Pakkha" (bright fortnight) in the month of Bengali calendar Bhadra in Dwapara Yuga to protect "Dharma" from the hands of devils.
Sri Krishna was born to Devaki and her husband Vasudeva in Mathura to which Krishna's parents belonged.
People of the Hindu community will bring out processions in the capital, divisional cities and district towns displaying the eventful life of Krishna and hold other programmes on this occasion.
Different social, cultural and religious organisations have planned elaborate programmes to observe Janmashtami.
The day is a public holiday.
President Abdul Hamid will host a reception at the Bangabhaban, marking the day.
Meanwhile, President Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in separate messages have greeted members of the Hindu community on the occasion of Janmashtami.