Prayagraj: Rajasthani dresses for Radha-Krishna this Janmashtami | Allahabad News


PRAYAGRAJ: With Krishna Janmashtami – the birthday of Lord Krishna – inching closers, the city-based lord Krishna temples have started their preparations to decorate the temples as well as idols.
For that, specially designed colourful dresses and decorative items have been brought from Vrindavan, Mathura, Jaipur and other cities. Janmashtami is set to be celebrated on Tuesday night.
ISCON temple Baluaghat, Mutthiganj, the temple authorities have brought special Rajasthani model dresses for Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha from Vrindavan.
Manager of the temple, PK Das told TOI that, “Elaborate arrangements have been made to celebrate the Krishna Janmashtami amidst the implementation of Covid protocol”.
“Apart from social distancing and wearing of masks, priests would be performing all rituals including ‘keertan’, ‘bhajan’ and special puja at the temple premises,” he added.
He, however, said “ This time, we have brought Rajasthani model dresses for God and Goddess which has special embroidery work etc. Similarly, jewellery made of pearl and other precious stones have also been brought from Vrindavan.”
Priest of another temple at Daraganj said, “Special decoration of the temple would be done to celebrate the festival”.
“Decorative items have been brought from Mathura, Jaipur and Delhi, he said, adding, we would be following Covid-19 protocols to celebrate the festival”.
As devotees will get two days Monday and Tuesday for shopping, the traders have too stocked adequate decorative items at their respective shops at Chowk, Katra, Rajapur, Bahadurganj, Balua ghat, Kydganj etc.
Locals have too made their plans to decorate the jhankis (tableaux) at their homes and are busy in collection of a variety of decorative items needed to celebrate the festival. Demand for clay idols, colourful dresses and handicraft articles have also gone up.
Similarly, decorative items such as ‘mukut’ (tiara), ‘haar’ (necklace), ‘jhule’ (swings), and ‘bansuri’ (flute) are also in great demand. At Katra market, readymade silk dresses for Lord Krishna and Radha are being brought from Jaipur and Delhi.
“The most sought is the silk dress with gota work and morpankh print on it,” said Ashu, a shopkeeper at Civil Lines.
Madhu Kesarwani, a housewife said, “We have been following the rituals since childhood. This time, the same tradition would be followed and the idol of Lord Krishna would be placed inside a cucumber which signifies his birth”.
In most of the houses, special prasad like ‘panjiri’, shrikhand, ‘panchamrut’, and other delicacies are being prepared in advance. Devotees would be celebrating the festivals at homes in view of Covid pandemic.

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