Tuesday, January 17, 2006


2. Kite Offering for Lord Krishna on Makar Sankrati


JAIPUR, INDIA, January 14, 2006: Special kites embellished with gold and silver threads will be offered to Lord Krishna to celebrate the annual kite festival in Jaipur Saturday, which is one of the most important festivals on the city's calendar. Several temples of Lord Krishna and his consort Radha across the city are being spruced up for the kite festival, which is also celebrated as Makar Sankranti. The main attraction on this occasion would be at city's historic Govind Dev Ji's temple, which is situated in the City Palace's precincts in the old city. Anjan Kumar Goswami, head priest of the temple, said: "Like every year we would have special kite flying arrangement for Lord Krishna. This year he would fly kites decorated with gold and silver threads." He said devotees would also be allowed to offer colourful kites to Lord Krishna on this day. Goswami said: "There are many incarnations of Lord Krishna and Bal Gopal is one of them, wherein the followers t reat the God as their son. "Since kite flying is a festival for children, devotees offer kites to him to enjoy the festival. This custom is being followed every year for the past two decades. Krishna's devotees actually celebrate the festival with him." Narendra Purohit, a devotee, said: "I would start Makar Sankranti by offering kites and threads to Lord Krishna. Krishna is the master of the world and we are his followers. So I cannot even think of enjoying the festival without offering prayers to him." Mohan Sharma, another kite lover, said: "I wil


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