Govardhan Puja Celebrated
Devotees at ISKCON Juhu celebrated Govardhan Puja on 4 November 2013 this year. Govardhana Puja is celebrated the day after Diwali to bring to mind Krishna’s pastime of lifting the Govardhana hill in Vrindavan.
The celebrations at the temple began with worship of cow (go-seva) as was originally done by Lord Krishna in Vrindavan. Devotees and visitors offered a garland, arati and foodstuff to a calf and cow who were brought specially for the ritual. A grand maha-abhishek of Sri Giriraj Govardhan with sacred substances, juice and flowers was thereafter held on temple altar.
The cynosure of all eyes was a Deity of Lord Krishna holding the Govardhan Hill in the temple courtyard. Congregation devotees, visitors and staff members of Govinda’s Bakery and Sweet Stall respectively strived hard for days to prepare mountains of sweets, savories, colored rice and halava as offerings to Sri Giriraj. Visitors could not keep their eyes off a huge cake replicate of Govardhan Hill which included lakes, streams, Radha Kund, Shyam kund and many other places of Krishna’s pastime as they exist on the Govardhan Hill.
The Sri Giriraj deity from the altar was placed on a rice mountain in the temple courtyard and offered the baskeful of bhoga (food) items followed by performance of arati. Devotees eagerly proceeded to partake prasada after offering parikrama in the temple courtyard.
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