‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ festival celebrates 500 years of Hinduism: ‘India is a proud country’
A Bollywood-style celebration of 500 years has taken place in India’s biggest city to mark the 500th birth anniversary of the country’s founding emperor, the Hindu god Vishnu, who was born on May 17, 1552.
The Bharat Mata ki Jai festival, which celebrates the birthday of Vishnu with music, dancing and performances, was organised by the Jain community in the capital, New Delhi, as part of celebrations marking the Hindu holy day.
Participants sang the Maha Kanta and danced in the streets with a procession of floats and chariots in the city’s streets.
The festival also included performances by classical sculpture gardeners, Hindu musicians and a procession featuring a Hindu god, who is depicted as an old man, in a traditional garb.
A day of festivities for people and institutions, the festival also featured the unveiling of a statue of a young Hindu man called Bhagavad Gita, who died in the 16th century.
He was known for his devotion to Hinduism and his role in the development of modern India.