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Devotees throng Krishna's birthplace for Janmashtmi

Religious fervour has gripped the birthplace of Lord Krishna with over five lakh devotees thronging the city, a day ahead of Janmashtmi celebrations.

india Updated: Aug 13, 2009 15:45 IST

Religious fervour has gripped the birthplace of Lord Krishna with over five lakh devotees thronging the city, a day ahead of Janmashtmi celebrations.

Keeping in view the huge gathering, security has been beefed up in and around the two shrines of Sri Krishna Janamsthan. "Entire city has been divided into three zones and 14 sectors. The two shrines have been placed in highly sensitive zone," District Magistrate Dinesh Chandra Shukla said.

The maximum influx of pilgrims today was at Goverdhan town and Vrindavan.

"Devotees prefer to perform 'parikrama' of the hillock Goverdhan, another name of Lord Krishna, on the occasion of Janmashtmi," Mathura Prasad Kaushik, priest of Daan Ghati temple at Goverdhan, said.

People have gathered in large number at the three major temples of Vrindavan, including Radha Raman temple, where the festival is celebrated during the day.

Elaborate arrangements have been made at Sri Krishna birthplace where 'abhishek' (bathing of the main deity with curd, milk, honey, khandsari and pure ghee) would be performed on Friday midnight.

Meanwhile, preparations are on at temples in Gokul town, especially Raja Thakur temple, where Sri Krishna Janmastami would be celebrated on August 15. Rang Ji temple would celebrate the festival on September 12 this year, as per calendar followed by south Indian temples, the priest of the temple said.