GUWAHATI, Sept 2 - Janmastami � celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna is being celebrated with spiritual fanfare in different religious institutions of the State along with rest of the country tonight. With the tithi of Astami for the auspicious occasion starting from today and extending till tomorrow evening, the Janmastami festival this year is scheduled to have two days of festivities.
Assam, having a tradition of revering Lord Krishna through Naam and Kirtans in the naamghars and satras has special celebrations both at individual and community level on the occasion.
Whereas the naamghars would be reverberating with naam-kirtans till late night, different temples of the State are also having their shares of Janmastami celebration � an occasion to welcome baby Krishna on earth.
In Kamakhya temple, the Janmastami celebrations started from today evening. Whereas rituals were performed inside the main temple with starting of the tithi and according to the nakshtra timings this evening, devotional songs and naam-prasanga programmes were organized in the temple premises.
�According to the calendar we follow here in Kamakhya, Janmastami falls today. However, since the tithi extends till tomorrow, a good number of religious institutions would have the celebration tomorrow as well,� Deep Sarma, a priest of the Kamakhya temple, said.
ISKCON Guwahati would celebrate Janmastami tomorrow with spiritual pomp and gaiety. The festivities, however, started from today with special aarti and bhajans in the temple premises. Srikrishna and Radha were adorned with traditional Assamese muga vastra and mekhela chador.
�We will have mangal aarti at 4.30 am tomorrow followed by the darshan aarti at 9�O clock. We are expecting a footfall of 60,000 devotees this time,� said Shrijeeva Das of the ISKCON management.