VISAKHAPATNAM: The Port City celebrated Krishnashtami with much fervour and devotion here Sunday. Devotees thronged the Lord Krishna temples at Isakathota, Zilla Parishad office, Seethamadhara and other areas to celebrate Janmashtami.
Hare Krishna Movement organised the Janmashtami celebrations at the Viswa Priya Function Hall on the Beach Road.
Prominent personalities and bureaucrats offered special prayers to Lord Krishna. ‘Abhisekam’, ‘Uyala Seva’, ‘Darshan Harathi’, ‘Raja Bhoga Harathi’ and many more rituals were performed to the deity.
Sri Geetha Prachara Samithi also organised Janmashtami celebrations in Sri Krishna Mandir in One Town area. ‘Bhagavadhgita Parayanam’, ‘Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Parayanam’ and many more special prayers were offered.
Meanwhile, Sri Satya Sai Seva Organisation celebrated Krishnashtami with much devotion. Initailly, ‘Sudarshana Homam’ was performed amid chanting of Vedas at Sri ‘Satya Sai Prema Sadan Mandir’ at MVP Colony here Sunday. In the evening, Samithi singers organised special ‘bhajans’ for universal peace and harmony.
More than 30 children dressed as Lord Krishna and Radha enthralled the devotees. Youth took part in the ‘Jhoola Utsav’ and ‘Utti’ Utsav’ organized on the occasion.
Many schools and organisations celebrated the festival conducting various competitions for children.