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Prem temple, Sheetla Mata Mandir and Bhuteshwari temple gearing up for Janmashtami in Gurgaon
The preparations in the temples in the city reach at peak as the day of Janmashtami (birth of God Krishna) is fast approaching on 18 August this month. There are many famous temples like Sheetla Mata Mandir, Shree Prem Mandir and Bhuteshwar Mandir in Gurgaon, which have started the decorations with flowers and lights to welcome the God Krishna on his birthday.

Janmashtami is the festival of Hindus. On this day, God Krishna was born. In India, the day is celebrated every year across the nation. Lot of devotees keep fast and have fruits their food till the time the moon appears on the night sky. In the evening, the devotees offer Kirtans (devotional songs of Krishna) to the deity. On this auspicious moment, temples as well as markets are fully decked up with beautiful pictures of God Krishna since many people fast the prices of the fruits go up. Gurgaon is no exception and this year too the markets have been decorated and fruits are already climbing the price ladder.

Talking to the, Jai Bhagwan Aacharya, priest of Sheetla Mata Mandir said, ''We will celebrate Janmashtami on 18 August in the evening from 8pm to 12pm. On this occasion, the effigies (Jhankiyan) of God Radha-Krishna and Shankar-Parvati will be displayed in the temple. Meanwhile, the Bhajan- Kirtan will be offered by the devotees. Panjiri ka Prasad and charnamrit will be distributed to the people after the 12pm. 1000 devotees are expected to visit the temples because this temple is well known for protecting people from chicken pox by the Mata Sheetla. This is also called the Gurgaon ki Mata.''

Charan Bansal, Pradhan of Bhuteshwar temple, Bada Bazar, Basai said, ''We are preparing for the celebration of Janmashtami this coming Monday. The programme will start at 7pm and conclude around 12pm. On this special moment, the effigies of Radha-Krishna, Shankar on ice rock and Vasudev with small Devkinandan in the basket on his head crossing the river will be the main attraction of the people. Thakur ki Jhula,Makhan Matki and kirtan-Bhajan will be devoted to the God Krishna. Chhati of Natkhat Kanaha will be celebrated after 6 days of Janmastmi. Around 12 pm, the fruits, Panjiri and Makhan Mishri will be served to the devotees as Prasad."

Owner of Prem temple, Anil Azad said, ''For us Janmashtami is the biggest festival. We are preparing 108 effigies for the last month for this festival. Artists from Noida, Jaipur, Vrindavan and Mathura have been called to make the effigies and decorate the temple. Expensive varieties of flowers have been brought for the decoration of the temple. That's the reason that around 3 Lakh people come in the temple every year on this moment. For the Bhakti songs, Jitu music party from Delhi will perform. Meanwhile, medical facility is also available with the doctor's team. We have designed specially effigies of Mata ki Gupha, Hanuman showing the picture of Ram-Shita in his chest. 56 bhog will be offered to the Lord Krishna.''

He further added that the children of well known schools like Delhi Public School, Ryan International and Lady Fatma are participating in the effigies. Children from the nearby colonies will also take part on this moment. Due to unexpected congestion, barricades have been made to manage the movement of the people. For small kids, boat jhoolas, trains, fish, duck and big rahat jhoola are here to stay two or three days ago. For security purpose, around 250 police personnel is deployed near temple by the administration. Even the Police Commissioner and other senior authorities come here.

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