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02 Sep 2018 | 02:07 AM UTC

India: Heavy traffic expected for Janmashtami festivities September 2-3

Heavy traffic anticipated for Janmashtami celebrations on September 2-3; New Delhi police to close roads at 14:00 (local time) on September 3



Authorities prepare for large crowds celebrating the Krishna Janmashtami festivities on Sunday, September 2, and Monday, September 3, across the country. Large numbers of Hindu adherents will attend festival events on Monday evening that will last until the early morning hours of Tuesday, September 4. Heavy traffic and an increased security presence is expected throughout the country.

In New Delhi, police will close several roads beginning at 14:00 (local time) on Monday, including Mandir Marg and Mandir Lane. The main events will be held at:


Krishna Janmashtami, also called Gokulashtami, is the annual Hindu celebration of the birth of Krishna. This year, Janmashtami begins on Sunday evening and lasts until the early morning hours of September 4, with main festivities being held on Monday evening.


Individuals in India are advised to anticipate traffic disruptions, allow additional time to travel, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.

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