22 October 2006

Kartik Diary 11

Govardhana Puja

Vrajadust - 24 hour kirtan in Vrindaban
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Jaya Radhe Jaya Krishna

Dear Devotees
Jay Sri Radhe!

Today Vrindavan celebrated Govardhana Puja. The Dham was flooded with so many pilgrims. Our Krishna Balarama temple was flooded too with devotees and visitors. There was hardly any space. It was all so wonderful. I am becoming very conscious that our days in Vrindavan are now counted, four days left only. A great sadness will overcome me, I know this by experience. In fact I feel now that I have just settled in properly. I am happy I have not missed a single mangal arati. Every second counts now. Who knows when I can come again and see my beloved Krishna and Balarama and the most enchanting Radha Syamasundara.

The deities were so beautiful this morning at mangal arati and even more wonderful at darshan arti at 7:15. Krishna and Balarama were holding a rope each. This is the cowherd's rope to bind the hind legs of the cows so they cannot kick the milkman and the bucket during milking and in case the milkman pinches the utter a bit too hard.

However, this rope is also used to capture and bind the heart of the devotees. If you don't want to loose your heart and have it bound and tied up then don't go to Vrindavan! There is a nice T-shirt with writing on the back 'I have lost my heart in Vrgndavan'. It is a fact.

Later on in the morning devotees accompanied Krishna and Balarama to the goshalla for go puja, drama, talks and prasadam. It is difficult to say what is more enchanting, Krishna and Balarama, Their devotees or the cows. Krishna says He loves the cows most of all.

Cow Dung Giriraja at the Goshalla

Once mother Yashoda made Krishna a pair of nice shoes and an umbrella so His feet may not get hurt by the sharp stones and thorns and that He may be protected from the hot sun by the umbrella. However, Krishna refused to wear the shoes or take the umbrella unless all His cows also got shoes and an umbrella. Now Nanda Maharaja has nine lakhs of cows and one lakh is 100,000. That means 900,000 shoes and umbrellas, - impossible! So mother Yashoda had to give up the idea altogether. When the cows heard what happened they went out at night and crushed all the sharp stones into sand and dust so that Krishna may not hurt His lotus feet. So great was their love for Him.

In the afternoon was abhisheka of Krishna and Balarama followed by kirtan around a huge and beautiful Govardhana Hill. The evening arti and damodarastakam prayers were led by Aindra Prabhu. It was ecstatic and was certainly a befitting end to a day full of intense Krishna Consciousness. It is so difficult to forget Krishna in Vrindavan, as difficult as it may seem to remember Krishna when out of Vrindavan. Krishna is just everywhere in Vrindavan, especially on a day such as Govardhana Puja.

Tomorrow is parikrama around Govardhana Hill, the third time for me.

Giriraja Maharaja ki jaya!

With love and affection,

Your servant in the service of Srila Prabhupada,

Gauranga Sundara Das


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