Sri Govardhan-Lila Celebrations
November 10th, 2007
Russia, Ukraine, Latvia
Compiled by Kundalata dd.
The month of Damodar is remarkably beneficial for the
aspiring servitors for it presents many an opportunity for congregational
and prayerful internal commemorations of auspicious Vaisnava holy days and
thus offer a chance to develop, by the service connection, the proper
devotional angle of vision. The renowned Govardhan-lila is one of them, and
Russian devotees throughout the whole country flock together at temples,
nama-hattas, and centres to celebrate this propitious and joyful
day on which Lord Krishna manifests the multidimensional lila of
His divine power and absolute position (by twisting Indra, the celestial
demigod, around His little finger), of His infinite affection for the
inhabitants of Vrindavan (by sheltering them all under the loving umbrella
of Govardhan Hill and saving them from the watery wrath of the damped
demigod), as well as of His notably naughty predisposition towards sumptuous
savoury offerings (by extending Himself to Govardhan Hill, and accepting with
outstretched arms the mountains of bhoga from the Braja-basis).
Below is a brief pictorial synopsis gathered from the chief devotee groups of Russia, the Ukraine and Latvia.
During the evening class given by Sripad B.A. Madhav Maharaj...
...that is proceeded by kirtan.
The cake symbolising the mountainous offering of Braja-basis to
Govardhan Hill, having being offered to Sri Giriraj deity, is now
distributed to the guests as maha-prasadam.
Book table and a press-conference (Ashutosh Krishna Prabhu answers the
downstairs at the temple.
Sripad Bhakti Bimal Avadhut Maharaj giving class and leading evening arati.
Crowds of guests seated for prasadam-seva.
Nagar-sankirtana late at the afternoon...
...proceeded by a festive programme.
Gopeshwar Prabhu delivering the lecture.
At the end the devotees and guests take the opportunity to honour prasadam.