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Govardhan Puja At Radha Gopinath

by Arush Chopra, DNA

Posted November 17, 2005

CHOWPATTY: A mountain of freshly cooked rice, ponds full of milkshakes and hills of barfis - this may sound like a scene from a fairy tale. However, here we are not talking about any fairy tale, but the Govardhan Puja festival organised by ISCKON at the Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Mandir, Girgaum, Chowpatty. On Thursday, as part of the festivities, a tableaux made entirely of food items on were display.

The 'mountain of prasad' depicting the Govardhan hill that Lord Krishna had effortlessly balanced on his little finger for seven days was clearly the centre of attraction for thousands of devotees who thronged the temple to offer their prayers and partake the prasad with divine blessings."Most of the food has been prepared by the regular members of the congregation at their homes. I prepared about 5 Kg of burfi," said Shoba Fernandes, a regular visitor and closely involved with the temple's affairs.

Chants of 'Hare Krishna' filled the air as devotees enjoyed the aarti to the beats of mridangam. This was followed by a lecture on the significance of Diwali. According to the Vedic legend, Lord Krishna had exhibited the feat of lifting the Govardhan mountain on his little finger to humble lord Indra who had become too proud of his godly status.

"The Govardhan Leela is celebrated world over after Diwali," informs temple president Radha Gopinath Das.

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