Humans make religion and bend it according to their will. The fact lies that we all are humans in the end and your religion is just an identity you carry with yourself and nothing else. People sometimes go to the extent of fighting on the basis of religion. All these attempts are futile when one realizes we all are humans in the end. This example has been set by people of Agra as Hindus and Muslims celebrated Janmashtami together.
This is a true example of religious and communal harmony. Hindus and Muslims of Agra's Kheriya Mod locality come together to celebrate the festival of Janmashtami. This tradition of jointly celebrating the festival has been going on in this locality for about 15 years.
Md. Shadil Quereshi, a local resident told ANI, "We start preparations several months in advance and all Hindu-Muslims work very hard for it. From decoration to the set-up we all work together on all aspects."
"We believe that there is no religion or caste in celebrating the festivals. We have been doing this for around 15 years and we want our children to continue the same. We want that Hindu-Muslim lives affectionately all across the country in this same way."
Harishankar Shukla, president of the regional market committee that organizes the festival in the locality, said that they want to spread a message of love and brotherhood through this effort.
"Our basic thought is that everyone in society must live with love and brotherhood. Throughout the year we organize different festivals which are celebrated together. If everyone in society lives cordially with love and affection than only nation will progress. We have been celebrating Janmashtami in this way for the last 15 years. Everyone works together for this occasion," he told a leading daily.
In accordance with the theme of Hindu-Muslim unity, the banners put up for the occasion of 'Janmashtami' portray Lord Krishna on one side and the Islamic symbol of crescent and star on the other.
The occasion of Janmashtami marks the birth of Lord Krishna - the eight avatar of god Vishnu. It is known as Gokulashtami in several parts of the world. According to Hindu lunar calendar, it is observed on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha in the month of Shrawana or Sawan. It overlaps with August and September of the Gregorian calendar. The festival of Shri Krishna Janmashtami is followed by Nandotsav - celebrating the occasion when Nanda Baba distributed gifts to the community in honour of Krishna's birth.