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Govardhan Puja Celebration

Govardhan Puja, also called Annakut (meaning a heap of grain), is celebrated as the day Krishna defe
11. Sri Govardhan Hill Parikrama
Govardhana Hill was about 16 miles (29 km) high 5,000 years ago. Govardhana is formed in the shape of a peacock. The following places Radha Kunda and Syama Kunda are the eyes, Dan Ghati is its long neck, Mukharavinda is the mouth and Punchari is its back and tail feathers. As a peacock often curves its neck and puts his head under its stomach. Govardhana Hill is shaped in this pose of a peacock.Due to the curse of Pulastya Muni, it is sinking the height of a mustard seed daily. In Satya Yuga, Pulastya Muni approached Dronacala, the king of the mountains, and asked him for his son Govardhana. Dronacala was depressed and pleaded the sage that he was unable to bear the separation from his son. Govardhana then went with sage, under the condition that wherever the sage would put him down, he would remain.Pulastya Muni then took Govardhana and then started for his ashrama. While passing through Braja Mandala he put Govardhana down to answer the call of nature. On his return he found that he cannot move Govardhana. He became very angry and then cursed Govardhana to shrink to the size of mustard seed daily. At that time it was 115 km (64 miles) long, 72 km (40 miles) wide and 29 km (16 miles) high. Now the hill is only 80 ft. high at the highest point.
12. Perform Aarti of Giriraj govardhan
Goverdhan Parikrama can be done round the year . However many pilgrims do parikrama in the month of Sharvana ( July August ) since climate remains favorable that time. Poornima of Every month is considered an auspicious day for taking goverdhan parikrama. Some occasions like krishna janmastami, Guru Poornima , Annakut ( next day of Diwali ) attracts huge crowd of devotees to perfrom Goverdhan Parikarma.Those who are unable to visit Mathura to perform goverdhan parikrama due to various reason can do Goverdhan parikrama on the day of Annakut ( Next day of Diwali ) at their home by creating Goverdhan hill by using cow dung and can take 7 parikrma alongwith the chants of radhe radhe , jai shree krishna.
13. The Sacred Tongue of Govardhan Hill at Radha Kunda
At Radha Kunda Shyama Kunda, you can also have the darshana of the five Pandava and the Narayana tree. This is also the place where Radha and Krishna enjoyed their pastimes in the Jhulan (swing). There is also a Kadamba tree whose branches are in the shape of a Mridanga (Pakhavaja an instrument played while singing kirtans). Near to this are the ponds of the Astha Sakha. At this spot is where you can get the darshana of the Lotus Feet of Sri Giriraja.
14. Govardhan Puja Pratahkal Muhurat
06 31 to 08 44 Duration 2 Hours 13 Mins
15. Govardhan Puja Sayankal Muhurat
15 25 to 17 38 Duration 2 Hours 13 Mins
16. Govardhan Puja Legends
Govardhan is a small hillock situated at Braj, near Mathura. The legends in Vishnu Puraan have it that the people of Gokul used to worship and offer prayer to Lord Indra for the rains because they believed that it was he who sent rains for their welfare but Lord Krishna told them that it was Mount Govardhan (Govardhan Paevat) and not Lord Indra who caused rains therefore they should worship the former and not the latter. People did the same and it made Lord Indra so furious that the people of Gokul had to face very heavy rains as a result of his anger. Then Lord Krishna came forward to ensure their security and after performing worship and offering prayers to Mount Govardhan lifted it as an umbrella on the little finger of his right hand so that everyone could take shelter under it. After this event Lord Krishna was also known as Giridhari or Govardhandhari.
17. Puja Vidhi
The day following the Amavasya is Kartik Shuddh Padwa and it is only on this day that the King Bali would come out of Pathal Loka and rule Bhulok as per the boon given by Lord Vishnu. Hence, it is also known as Bali Padyami. This day also marks the coronation of King Vikramaditya and Vikaram Samvat was started from this Padwa day. Gudi Padwa is symbolic of love and devotion between the wife and husband. On this day newly married daughters with their husbands are invited for special meals and given presents. In olden days brothers went to fetch their sisters from their in laws home for this important day. Govardhan Puja is also performed in the North on this day. Govardhan is a small hillock in Braj, near Mathura and on this day of Diwali people of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar build cowdung, hillocks, decorate them with flowers and then worship them. This festival is in commemoration of the lifting of Mount Govardhan by Krishna. As per Vishnu Puran the people of Gokul used to celebrate a festival in honor of Lord Indra and worshiped him after the end of every monsoon season but one particular year the young Krishna stopped them from offering prayers to Lord Indra who in terrific anger sent a deluge to submerge Gokul.People were afraid that the downpour was a result of their neglect of Indra. But Krishna assured them that no harm would befall them. He lifted Mount Govardhan with his little finger and sheltered men and beasts from the rain. This gave him the epithet Govardhandhari. After this, Indra accepted the supremacy of Krishna.This day is also observed as Annakoot meaning mountain of food. Pious people keep awake the whole night and cook fifty six or 108 different types of food for the bhog (the offering of food) to Krishna. In temples specially in Mathura and Nathadwara, the deities are given milkbath, dressed in shining attires with ornaments of dazzling diamonds, pearls, rubies and other precious stones. After the prayers and traditional worship innumerable varieties of delicious sweets are ceremoniously raised in the form of a mountain before the deities as Bhog and then the devotees approach the Mountain of Food and take Prasad from it.
18. Homam
Homams are puja performed for a particular deity by invoking Agni the God of Fire. Homam forms the essence of all the Karmas prescribed in the Vedams. The goal of Homam is to guide the man through the correct path.It is said that when the Lord Brahma (the Creator among the Trinity) created man, he also created Homam for man livelihood and his attainment of spiritual desires. The fundamental premise of Homam is derive from the Vedams, although according to Pursha Sookhtam. Vedams and Homams are eternal truth having neither beginning nor end, and are Apourusheyam (divine, not the creation of humans). Karmam(work or action) is an integral part of living.
19. Mantra
Mantras are a complete set of words, which is attributed from the Vedas to the Deities or Devas. According to the Puranas, Shastras and Maharishis, Mantra is only way to attain ones desires provided it should be pronounced with complete faith and prescribed methods and rules. In older period, these were used by the Indian Saints in the divine language of Sanskrit. Mantras are considered to be divine rhymes and it protect human from different adverse effects of other evil elements.Mantras are used in Tantrik Sadhna or rituals, whispered or chanted in different combinations and contexts, setting up patterns of vibrations. One must know its correct pronunciation as well as to understand their meaning. We belong to Hindu mythology and it is believed that God, good health, good fortune and victory over one enemies can be attained by chanting the right mantra.Mantra sadhna is very difficult. If during practice some drawbacks remain, it can inflict losses. Guidance of a competent guru is quite necessary to attain success.
20. Yagya
Magic of Yagya This is the age of Kal Yug (Darkness) where negative cosmic forces are more active causing much unrest and misery not only amongst living beings but even planets and the divine fraternity. With such negativity around man has lost his oul leading to a downword flow of kundalini energy posing a huge risk to man of falling back in evolution, to a lesser life or maybe even to the animal kingdom. Poverty, Pain, Calamities, Floods, Cyclones, Hurricanes have become a regular and permanent feature accross the globe. Global warming is changing the weather pattern signalling the trend of end of life on this planet. There is an urgent need for man to take control of himself and his planetary home.Healing through divine energy is the key to our future. Positive energy flowing within our domain will not only eradicate personal misery but also alter the minds of humans who have become blind with ignorance.The negativity spread accross the environment will be countered making radical changes in the current patten. Ancient Vedic scriptures like Rig Veda, Yajur Veda have revealed the secrets of healing through manipulation of cosmic energy by a process called YAGYA , which implements the power of ound, thought, intent (mantra), Nature (fire, water, air, earth) to fecilitate downpour of energy. The vibrations thus caused have the power to change situations, lives, destinies, and everything.The Himalayan Ashram of Vedic Astrologers conduct regular Vedic Yagyas for people, companies and the planet. Every Yagya performed on the surface of Earth is for US.


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