Friday, May 4, 2012
The eighth day of the dark lunar fortnight in August or early September is the birth day of Lord Krishna, direct incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who together with Brahma and Shiva, complete the Hindu Trinity. The festival begins on the seventh day of the dark lunar fortnight as the Hindu devotees throughout the country being processions carrying ornately clothed idols of Krishna. They sing ancient hymns depicting miraculous birth, extra-ordinary childhood, divine love and various deeds of valor of Krishna. Priests read out the deeds of Krishna from the religious scriptures to the devotees gathered around them. Toward evenings’ people start gathering around almost all the Krishna’s Temple in the country, to observe the festival. Singing melodious hymns they keep vigil through the glorious night of his birth. Krishna Mandir of Patan is the center of such religious devotees in the valley. Thousands and thousands of men, women and children keep vigil-singing songs of the evil and to protect the pious teaching them the lessons of selfness performance of the earthly duties.