PLs accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
We are very happy to invite you for a wonderful festival of Sri Govardhana Puja and Go puja on Sunday the 30th. Pls remember that your clock will go back 1h so that there is no confusion on Sunday.
We will be blessed by the association of many devotees, mother cow, Srila Prabhupada, whom we want to please by fulfilling his desire to go around the Govardhana hill Parikrama and Giri Govardhan Himself!!!
“One of Srila Prabhupada’s last yearning desires was to go on parikrama around Govardhana Hill. Because we wanted to fulfill that desire and because we were feeling separation from our beloved Guru Maharaja, we decided to take him to Govardhana. We selected the date of Gopastami, when Krsna comes of age as a cowherd boy, on November 18.
On that morning after mangala-arati, all the devotees took prasadam of puri, halva and sabji. In buses and vans, we then set out, with Prabhupada present in his arca-vigraha form and in a large photograph. We placed the deity of Srila Prabhupada in the back seat of his car, between Upendra and myself. In the front were Bhavananda Swami, Acyutananda Swami, and our devotee driver.
We went first to Radha-kunda, because Srila Prabhupada had said, when he was unable to go, “You bathe on my behalf!” Now, he bathed personally to our great happiness. Acyutananda performed the abhiseka ceremony. The golden form of Srila Prabhupada was then lowered into the cool water of Radha-kunda. Three times he bathed, as we looked on his golden body through the water. The ceremony was being held on the thin strip of land between the two kundas.
Next, Jayapataka Swami carried Prabhupada upon his head and bathed him three times in Syama-kunda. He was dried and dressed in new silk cloth, placed upon his palanquin, and offered full arati, the devotees chanting, “Jaya Srila Prabhupada.” Accompanied by kirtana, we circumambulated those two most holy lakes.
We boarded our vehicles and proceeded to Govardhana, where we assembled and in procession proceeded with Srila Prabhupada aboard his palanquin, which had been wonderfully decorated. How beautiful the land of Govardhana is, with its trees and grasses! Prabhupada has ascended to Goloka; and now by his causeless mercy, we felt as if we too had been allowed to enter that transcendental realm.
As we circumambulated the mountain, no longer did our hearts burn from separation. We were with Prabhupada again. We were so glad to see him riding again on his palanquin, leading us as always, giving us shelter. It was a cool day, and our walking created dust, the whole atmosphere becoming filled with dust. We could only remember Krsna, coming home from tending the cows.
We came to Govinda-kunda, where Madhavendra Puri had found Gopala and Indra had given abhiseka to Krsna. There we stopped and heard The Nectar of Instruction, verses nine to eleven. Some of the sacred water of the kunda we sprinkled on Prabhupada’s head, and he was cooled and refreshed.
As we proceeded, our talks were all of Prabhupada. We remembered his pastimes and recounted his unlimited glories. We especially remembered the past two weeks, which had been so sweet. We took pleasure understanding how the past months were given by Prabhupada for deepening our love, and for no other purpose. He simply lay on his bed, week after week, with no other purpose than to attract us. How merciful he acted toward us! As we wound around the hill, the path was uneven; and we reflected that Srila Prabhupada could have made this journey only in his present eternal form. Though we walked for three hours, the eight miles passed easily.
We again rode to Kusuma-kunja, where we refreshed ourselves in the bathing ghat. Prabhupada having been placed high in a covered garden house, all the devotees took pleasure sporting in the water.
We divided into two groups, Satsvarupa Maharaja speaking in one and Acyutananda Maharaja in the other, recounting the glorious activities of Prabhupada in the early days in New York. At 5:30 p.m., we all sat down and enjoyed a most transcendental feast, eating to our full satisfaction.
We proceeded back to Vrndavana, back to home, with Prabhupada, weary as we rode in our car. It had been a wonderful outing, because Prabhupada had been present.
Srila Prabhupada lives with those who live to fulfill his desires. We take shelter beneath the lotus feet of our beloved Guru Maharaja, whom we eternally serve.”
THE SCHEDULE IS :
1.00 PARIKRAMA WITH BULLOCK CART AND SRILA PRABHUPADA,
1.30 GO PUJA,
2.00 CLASS BY HG KURMA PRABHU
3.00 KIRTAN + GOVARDHANA PUJA,
Pls come and make this festival more wonderful by your association and service!
Your servants at Govindadvipa