By Antony Brennan
This weekend we celebrated Govardhana Puja at Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Mandir in Sydney, Australia.
Devotees built a large Govardhana hill from cake, sweets, biscuits and halava and Sri Prahlad brought his Govardhana Sila to adorn the top. The temple started to fill up early as people came to participate in the arati, take darshan, and sing the Lords names.
You can’t see me here but I am up on a ladder taking ‘aerial’ photos of the entire Govardhana hill area.
Sri Prahlad joined the assembled devotees and well-wishers to celebrate the occasion of Lord Krishna lifting Govardhana hill on his little finger to protect the citizens or Vraj and their livestock from the devastating storms brought about by Lord Indra.
We circumambulated the hill to a rousing Kirtan. Sri Prahlad would stop the circling and we would all sit down and he told us where we had come to on our pakrima and what some of the events were that happened there in the lila of Radha and Krishna. Then we continued with the circumambulation of the hill and the chanting of the Lords names until we came to the next place on our pakrima, where again we would sit and hear Krishna katha form Sri Prahlad. We laughed and we were awed by the stories and the events that eternally take place.
Here are some close-ups of the hill which we enjoyed with our eyes and later with our tongues.
Arati began and we all offered our hearts to Lord Krishna, whilst in His form of Govardhana hill He was offered incense, a lamp, water, flowers and chamera.
The hill was removed to be distributed later and then the Kirtan really started and went on throughout the whole night.
Later we offered lamps to the Lord in His form of Lord Sri Damodara. Everyone lined up patiently to take their turn.
And next… there was Prasadam.
Of course Srila Prabhupada hosted the whole event from his seat in the temple room.
And there is always Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha