Srinagar: Janmashtami procession taken out after 32 years, Kashmiri Pandits rejoice

After a 32-year hiatus, Kashmiri Pandits held a Janmashtami march in Srinagar on Monday to commemorate Lord Krishna's birthday, despite heavy security.

The ?jhanki' procession began at the Ganpatyar temple in the Habba Kadal neighborhood of the city. The yatra visited important locations in the city, including Kralkhud, Barbarshah, Amirakadal bridge, and Jehangir chowk. Devotees of different ages danced beside the chariot, passing out sweets and chanting "Hare Krishna Hare Ram" prayers. 



Owing to COVID-19, there was no march in 2020, and the event was canceled in August 2019 due to the lockdown imposed in the aftermath of the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status. In addition, Shaurya Doval, a BJP functionary, tweeted that the festivities were held in the same location where flying India's national flag was a life-threatening deed in 1992.

He stated that ?And today, people of the Hindu community are able to conduct their religious proceedings at the same location. It has only been possible under the able leadership of PM Narendra Modi ji."

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