Janmashtami, also known simply as Janmashtami or Gokulashtami, the annual festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, will be celebrated across the country today.
Marking the day, Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parisad and Mahanagar Sarbajanin Puja Committee have taken a two-day-long programme at the Dhakeshwari National Temple.
People from all walks of life would pray for the welfare of the nation through Sri Geeta Gaya at 8:00am today and the traditional Janmashtami procession would be brought out from the national temple at 3:00pm.
Different religious, cultural and social organisations also chalked out elaborated programmes marking Janmashtami, a day that has been declared as public holiday by the government.
In separate messages, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the members of the Hindu community on the occasion of Janmashtami and wished all success of the programmes.
The president will exchange greetings with eminent citizens of Hindu community at Bangabhaban from 11:00am today.
According to Hindu Puran (mythology), Krishna was born on the eighth tithi of Shukla Pakkha (fortnight of the new moon) in the Bangla month of Bhadra.
Krishna takes birth in ages in the world to safeguard the good and pious people from the hands of malevolent people by establishing truth, justice and beauty in the society, the Puran says.