The devotees of ISKCON Scarborough will be celebrating Govardhana Puja on Friday- 24th Oct 2014.
On this auspicious day, 56 different varieties of Bhoga will be offered to Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Krishna in the form of Govardhana Hill.
On the same day, it is also the auspicious birth star Swati Natchatra of Lord Narasimhadev
There will be grand Abhishek performed on Lord Narasimhadev
The events on this auspicious day are:
Tulasi Arti, Grand Abhishek on Lord Narasimhadev, 56 offerings to Govardhana Hill, Class on Govardhana Lila by HG Rupanuga das prabhu, Damodarastakam prayers followed by a Grand feast
The story behind Govardhana Puja
Govardhana Puja, Go-Puja and Annakuta are all connected with the story of Lord Krishna lifting Govardhana Hill to protect the inhabitants of Vrindavan.
The day after Diwali is referred to as Annakuta, or Govardhana Puja. On this day the inhabitants of Vrindavan (Lord Krishna’s abode on Earth) would hold a harvest festival in honour of King Indra, the demigod who provided the rains essential for the harvest.
One day, however, Lord Krishna wanted to teach Indra a lesson. He convinced the inhabitants of Vrindavan to honour Govardhana Hill instead, whose fertile soil provided the grass upon which the cows and bulls grazed, and to honour the cows and bulls who provided milk and ploughed the lands. Outraged, Indra retaliated with terrifying thunderstorms. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, calmly lifted Govardhana Hill with the little finger of his left hand. For seven days and seven nights the Lord held up Govardhana Hill, providing a giant umbrella to shelter the inhabitants of Vrindavan from the torrential rain. Realizing the futility of his actions, King Indra bowed down before the Lord with folded hands and offered prayers of supplication. In this way, Lord Krishna demonstrated that He is Deva Deva, the lord of the demigods, and that any purpose for which demigods might be worshipped could easily be served by worshipping Him, the cause of all causes.
We warmly welcome you and your family to ISKCON Scarborough coming Friday to take part in the Govardhana puja.