Srila Prabhupada’s ISKCON Bangalore celebrated Deepavali and Govardhana Puja on Thursday, October 27, 2011
The Govardhana hill is worshiped on this day to commemorate the pastime of the Lord Krishna lifting the Govardhana Hill on His little finger, in order to protect the residents of Vrindavan from torrential rains sent by demigod Indra. The Supreme Personality of Godhead performed this pastime as a seven year old boy in order to crush the pride of Indra, the Lord of the heavens.
Govardhana Puja is the celebration of Krishna’s pastime of lifting Govardhana Hill. As Srila Prabhupada relates in the Krishna book .Krishna dissuaded his father, Nanda Maharaja, from performing ritualistic sacrifice to the demigod Indra, and encouraged the residents of Vrindavana to worship Govardhana Hill. However, Krishna persuaded His Father, Nanda Maharaja, to abandon the worship of Lord Indra and to use the preparations he had already made to worship the cows, the brahmanas (priests) and the Hill. He instructed His father to prepare delicious foodstuffs from the grains and ghee collected for Lord Indra’s yajna. Krishna ordered that this feast be offered to the Hill with Vedic mantras chanted by qualified brahmanas. He instructed that the cows be decorated and fed to their satisfaction. Then keeping the cows before them, the inhabitants of Vrindavana were to circumambulate the Hill.When all these activities had been carefully performed, Krishna expanded Himself into a gigantic, transcendental form and declared to the inhabitants of Vrindavan that He was Himself the Hill, and accepted all the offerings made during the ceremony.Being proud of his position as King of the Demigods, Lord Indra took great offense at his sacrifice being cancelled, and attempted to chastise Krishna and the inhabitants of Vrindavan by calling the samvartaka clouds (used to inundate the world at the end of each cycle of yugas) and instructing them to totally destroy the residents, the cows and the village of Vrindavana.Lord Krishna offered protection to the cowherd men and women by lifting the Hill so they could shelter underneath from Indra’s wrath. Krishna exhibited His supreme mystic power by holding the mountain aloft for seven days with the little finger of his left hand.
The Govardhana Hill is actually very dear to the Lord. On this day a replica of the Hill is made out of cooked rice and other edible items in the temples. This replica of the Hill is generally known as ‘annakoota’. Huge quantities of food are prepared in this ceremony and are very sumptuously distributed.
At Srila Prabhupada’s ISKCON Bangalore, Lord Krishna was decorated in Giridhari alankara, holding Govardhana Hill on the little finger of His left hand. Devotees worshiped a hill made of 100% vegetarian cake weighing about 800 kgs! Devotees at the temple made an exact replica of the original Hill. This cake was baked at the temple’s bakery and was made of different flavours and topped with cookies of various kinds.
The Govardhana cake was offered to the Sri Sri Krishna Balarama Deities. Then the Govardhana Puja pastime was narrated to the devotees. After this an arati was performed for Krishna Balarama accompanied with the singing of the song – Jaya Radhe Jaya Krishna Jaya Vrindavan – which describes Lord Krishna’s various pastimes in Vrindavana. At the end of the ceremony the cake was distributed as prasadam to all those who are present. On account of Deepavali there was grand fire work display for the pleasure of their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Krishna-chadra.
Deepotsava, the festival of lights which commemorates the pastime of Lord Krishna being bound by His mother Yashoda is celebrated in ISKCON Sri Radha Krishna Mandir starting from October 11, 2011 and will continue till November 9, 2011.
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