Janmashtami, the birth anniversary of lord Sri Krishna, one of the major festivals of the Hindu community, is being celebrated across the country today with due religious fervour.
The day is a public holiday.
Amid the Covid-19 outbreak, this time all rituals and programmes will be arranged inside temples maintaining health guidelines as a decision has been taken to cancel all types of processions and rallies marking the festival.
The decision was made recently at a virtual meeting of the district and city units of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad.
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 them success of the programmes.
Parishad General Secretary Nirmal Kumar Chatterjee said a one-day programme has been taken centrally, which will be held on Dhakeshwari National Temple premises, marking the festival.
Religious rituals, including recitation from Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, would begin in the morning, he added.
Ramkrishna Math and Ramkrishna Mission, Dhaka will hold recitation of Gita from 9:00am to 11:30am. Other rituals include Bhajan (religious music) and distribution of Prasad in the afternoon and delivery of sermons.
To join the programmes, devotees must have to abide by health guidelines, including wearing mask and maintaining social distancing.
According to mythology, Sri Krishna was born on the eighth day of dark fortnight in the Bangla month of Bhadra. He takes birth in ages in the world to safeguard the good and pious people from the hands of bad persons by establishing truth, justice and beauty in the society.
Different religious, cultural and social organisations have drawn up identical programmes across the country to observe Janmashtami.
National dailies have published special articles while Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television, and private TV channels and radio stations are airing special programmes highlighting various aspects of the eventful life of Sri Krishna.