Sri Govardhan Puja in New York
Posted October 13, 2003
You are cordially invited to celebrate the festivals of Diwali and Govardhana Puja on at Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir.
Saturday October 25, 2003
5:30 - 9:00pm
This Festival is one of the grandest festivals in the Vaisnava Year, with much pomp and excitement as we celebrate Lord Krishna's pastime of Lifting Govardhan Hill. As per Lord Krishna's instructions as given in the Srimad Bhagavatam, we will be offering a mountain of foodstuffs, Annakuta-Mahotsava, to Sri Sri Radha Govinda and Giri-Govardhan.
The Festivities are scheduled as follows:
5:30pm - Bhajans
6:00pm - Damodarastakam, Sandhya Arati, and Abhisheka of Sri Giri-Govardhan
7:45pm - Bhatatanatyam Dance Presentation - "Krishna-Katha" by the Leela Dance Academy of Connecticut.
8:45pm - Circumambulation of Govardhana Hill and Prasadam Distribution
9:00pm - Prasadam Feast
If you would like to make an donation or an offering to offer to Sri Sri Radha Govinda for the Annakuta Mahotsava, please contact Shobamayi Devi Dasi @ (718) 897-2267 or Satya Devi Dasi at the Temple. Our goal is to offer 501 different food preparations to Sri Sri Radha Govinda. All the devotees and congregation members are eligbile to cook an offering for the Lord. Plese contact contact Shobhamayi and/or Satya Matajis ASAP, as they will be coordinating this process.
The cowherd men then inquired from Krsna how He wanted the yajna performed,
and Krsna gave them the following directions. "Prepare very nice foodstuffs
of all descriptions from the grains and ghee collected for the yajna.
Prepare rice, dhal, then halava, pakora, puri and all kinds of milk
preparations like sweet rice, sweetballs, sandesa, rasagulla and laddu and
invite the learned brahmanas who can chant the Vedic hymns and offer
oblations to the fire. The brahmanas should be given all kinds of grains in
charity. Then decorate all the cows and feed them well. After performing
this, give money in charity to the brahmanas. As far as the lower animals
are concerned, such as the dogs, and the lower grades of people, such as the
candalas, or the fifth class of men who are considered untouchable, they
also may be given sumptuous prasadam. After giving nice grasses to the cows,
the sacrifice known as Govardhana-puja may immediately begin. This sacrifice
will very much satisfy Me." (Krishna Book, Chapter 24)