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Mountain of food offered to the deities on Annakoot and Govardhan Puja

For lovers of Shri Krishna, one of the most special days of the year is Govardhan Pooja. On the day after Diwali, about five thousand years ago, Shri Krishna taught the people of Vrindavan to worship Govardhan Hill, and revealed that the hill is a form of his own self. During that first Govardhan pooja, the Brajwasis worshiped Govardhan by offering him huge amounts of food, and Krishna in the form of the sacred mountain accepted their offerings.

This year too, the Govardhan Pooja is celebrated much in the same way as it was in Dwapar Yuga. First, abhishek is performed by bathing the stones of the sacred hill with milk, yoghurt and other dairy products. Flowers and new clothes are offered and lamps are lit for him. And most importantly of all, a mountain of food (annakut) is offered. Throughout Braj’s villages, the Brajwasis make replicas of the hill called “Govardhan Baba” out of cow dung. Conversely, many devotees from Bengal replicate the mountain with a pile of rice, which is then offered to the deities.

In Vrindavan’s ancient temples, chhappan bhog (56 types of food) was offered to the deities of Govind Dev, Gopinath, Madanmohan, Radharaman, Radhavallabh and others. Govardhan Baba was artistically formed out of cow dung in the temple courtyards. At the ISKCON temple in Raman Reti, a replica of Govardhan Hill was made with 500 kilograms of semolina halwah complete with a miniature Radha Kund, Shyam Kund, Kusum Sarovar and other holy lakes filled with honey. Devotees from all over India as well as foreign countries like Russia, Australia, South Africa, the UK and Canada attended the program.

In Govardhan, hundreds of thousands of devotees performed Govardhan Parikrama – the sacred walk around Govardhan Hill. The main temples like Giriraj Mukharvind in Jatipura saw huge crowds of devotees waiting to offer abhishek, while others offered their worship in the more isolated areas of the forest around the hill. “Govardhan Baba” (cow dung replicas of Govardhan) could be seen all along the Govardhan Parikrama path. Chhappan bhog was offered to deities by many devotees in order to obtain blessings and good luck on this auspicious occasion.
At Mansi Ganga and Radha Kund, the steps of the holy lakes were covered with thousands of lamps. Such is the extent of devotion that some individuals sponsored as many as 5,100 lamps at a time. Revel in the beauty of Govardhan Puja through the image below.

Jai Shree Krishna!

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Jewar International Airport: The new addition to Vrindavan’s transition status

Vrindavan is developing and how! Just recently it was declared a transition city and with that Vrindavan saw a major facelift. Here’s how the spiritual capital of India is changing:

  • Old temples and kunds are being renovated
  • Roads are being developed (Vrindavan is now connected to Delhi via the Yamuna Expressway, along with that the old National Highway is also being upgraded to six lanes with flyovers)
  • Public utilities like parks and roadside toilets are being built
  • Due to the real estate boom and better connectivity, many top notch residential projects are coming up, Krishna Bhumi being one of them
  • Vrindavan is an upcoming spiritual tourism destination, being the centre point of the Golden Triangle, i.e, Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. This has also led to the evolution of the local Golden Triangle of Mathura, Vrindavan and Govardhan.

If you think this itself is remarkable, then let us tell you about the new development that will give you more reasons to capitalize upon growing opportunities in Vrindavan.

Vrindavan, so far, was connected by air via Delhi. From Delhi, one would need to avail the road, the journey being close to 3 and a half hours. However, now there is a new Airport coming up in Jewar, due to be called the Jewar International Airport, which will make connectivity to Vrindavan much better. Jewar is far closer to Vrindavan than Delhi and the journey from the airport will now take only 1.5 hours!

Keeping aside the connectivity, there are more reasons why the Jewar International Airport is a landmark step.

  • Jewar Airport will be able to handle at least 30 to 50 million passengers, which means the pressure on the IGI Airport in Delhi will decrease
  • The surrounding areas and the cities that are connected by the Yamuna Expressway will see major upliftment
  • There will be a huge amount of jobs available to those in need
  • In turn, the economy of towns like Jewar, Mathura and Vrindavan will see a significant rise.

Keeping all these factors in mind, you may now see how investing in Krishna Bhumi, Vrindavan, is a very good idea right now. Given the transition city status and the International Airport that is coming up in Jewar in the next 5 years, an investment in Vrindavan at this point means huge returns in the future. On top of that, you will be investing in a township that is already said to be changing the skyline of the city.

So come be a part of the changing skyline of Vrindavan, come be a part of Krishna Bhumi, the temple township. For more details, visit us on www.krishnabhumi.in or call us on 969696 8899.

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Uttar Pradesh Department of Culture celebrates Braj with “Barkha Bahar Cultural Program”

The Uttar Pradesh Department of Culture held a program in honor of the 100th birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay. This program, called the Barkha Bahar Cultural Program, was held at the Ramkrishna Mission Sevashram’s auditorium. State culture minister, Lakshmirayam Chaudhry expressed the desire of the state government to promote the culture of Braj.

A decision was taken to institute the cultural program in order to spread awareness of Braj culture and to help preserve it. Braj artists put up songs and dance pieces on the subject of monsoon. The famous singer of Braj, Govind Ji, opened the program with the Krishna Vandana. After that there was the famous Charkula dance by Murarilal Sharma. Kajri geet was also featured in the program.

The Director of Vrindavan Research Institute Shri Satishchandra Dikshit, Shri Lakshminarayan Pathak, Shri Rajesh Pandit, Shri Sunil Chaturvedi, Dr. Vinod Bannerjee, Shri Kapil Upadhyay, Shri Vinay Goswami, Shri Mridulkant Shastri, and Shri Sudheer Shukla were present on the occasion.

 

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Lord Vardaraja took a bath with 108 silver pots of water

The ritual of mahabhishekam with 108 silver pots of water was performed at the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Vardaraja Temple during the anniversary celebration of the consecration of the temple. Priests from the southern part of India performed the mahabhishekam under the aegis of Swami Jai Krishnacharya. The ritual took two hours and the Lord was bathed with panchamrita, panchagavya and other items.

The entire temple echoed with the vedic chants during the ceremony. Devotees were very excited for the darshan. The temple was decorated with fragrant flowers and the walls were adorned with pictures and montages of Krishna’s pastimes. The altar looked resplendent with exotic flower arrangement and decorations.  Celebrations also included a homa, a reading of the religious texts of the Vedas etc.

Discourses on the religious texts were given by special guest speakers. All attendees felt the atmosphere of bhakti and a rejuvenation of their faith. They found bliss in participating in the event. Prominent devotional singers mesmerized the devotees with melodious bhajans in the evening.

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Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 1, verse 4-6

अत्र शूरा महेष्वासा भीमार्जुनसमा युधि |

युयुधानो विराटश्च द्रुपदश्च महारथ: ||

धृष्टकेतुश्चेकितान: काशिराजश्च वीर्यवान् |

पुरुजित्कुन्तिभोजश्च शैयश्च नरपुङ्गव: ||
युधामन्युश्च विक्रान्त उत्तमौजाश्च वीर्यवान् |

सौभद्रो द्रौपदेयाश्च सर्व एव महारथा

Duryodhan said: Behold in their ranks are many powerful warriors, like Yuyudhan, Virat, and Drupad, wielding mighty bows and equal in military prowess to Bheem and Arjun. There are also accomplished heroes like Dhrishtaketu, Chekitan, the gallant King of Kashi, Purujit, Kuntibhoj, and Shaibya—all the best of men. In their ranks, they also have the courageous Yudhamanyu, the gallant Uttamauja, the son of Subhadra, and the sons of Draupadi, who are all great warrior chiefs.

Commentary:

Duryodhan had on some level assured himself of the negative outcome of the war. Due to this he had a looming fear in his heart. Due to this reason, the army that the Pandavas had put together, seemed much larger and powerful to him than it actually was. This is why he was constantly pointing out to the great warriors who had assembled on the Pandava side.

His greatest fear was that every warrior on the Pandava side was equal in strength to Arjun or Bheem. With such a strong side assembled, he was paranoid about the fact that these warriors would be formidable to face on the battlefield.