Govardhana Puja & Srila Prabhupada Disappearance Day 2011

Govardhana Puja on Sunday, 30th October 2011

The day after Diwali is referred to as Govardhana Puja or Annakuta festival (literally means “a hill of food”). On this day the inhabitants of Vrindavan (Lord Krishna’s abode on Earth) traditionally held a harvest festival in honor of the demigod King Indra who provided the rains essential for the harvest.

One day, however, Lord Krishna convinced the inhabitants of Vrindavan to honor Govardhana Hill instead, whose fertile soil provided the grass upon which the cows and bulls grazed, and to honor the cows and bulls who provided milk and ploughed the lands. Outraged, Indra retaliated with terrifying thunderstorms. Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, calmly responded by lifting Govardhana Hill with the little finger of his left hand. For seven days and seven nights the Lord held up Govardhana Hill, providing an umbrella to shelter the inhabitants of Vrindavana from the torrential downpours. Realizing the futility of his actions, Indra finally appeared before Sri Krishna with folded hands, offering prayers of supplication. In this way Lord Krishna demonstrated that he is Deva Deva, Lord of the demigods, and that the purposes for which demigods might be worshiped could easily be served simply by worshiping Him, the cause of all causes. On this day devotees offer Krishna large quantities and great varieties of vegetarian food.

This day is also significant as the day on which, several thousand years later, Srila Madhavendra Puri established a temple for the self-manifest Gopala Deity on top of Govardhana Hill.

To celebrate this festival, devotees build a replica of Govardhana Hill made of various opulent foods, worship Lord Krishna as the lifter of Govardhana Hill, worship the hill as His incarnation, and worship the cows and bulls which are dear to the Lord.
At the end of the festival, the hill of prasada (sanctified food) is distributed to the public. All Vaishnava temples in India observe this ceremony, and hundreds of people are given prasada according to the capacity of the temple.

Programme Schedule:
10:30 a.m Bhajans;
11:00 a.m Damodara arati
11.30 a.m Lecture on pastime of Krishna Lifting of Govardhana Hill and about Srila Prabhupada
12.30 p.m Arati and Worship of Govardhana Hill/Annakut;
12.45 p.m Guru Puja
1.00 p.m Prasadham

We would like to invite you all for the Govardhana Puja festival and invite you to sponsor all or part of it. For more information please contact:
H.G. SARVANANDA DAS
ISKCON Puducherry
PHONE: + 91 0413 2213402, 9443468923 and 9940864086

Srila Prabhupada Disappearance Day on Sunday, 30th October 2011

We would like to invite you all for the Disappearance day festival of our founder, Srila Prabhupada on 30th oct, 2011 in our ISKCON, Puducherry center from 10.30 p.m onwards alongwith Govardhana Puja. The program consists of Bhajans, homages to Srila Prabhupada, Bhoga offering, Pushpanjali, Arati and honoring of

special feast prasadam. For more information please contact:
H.G. SARVANANDA DAS
PHONE: + 91 0413 2213402, 9443468923, 9940864086
Website: www. iskconpondicherry.com
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