Cow dung sculptures: a special attraction on Govardhan Puja

This festival is dedicated to the worship of Govinda - the cow herd God and the natural environment He inhabits. Krishna is Govardhan, and in this manifestation He is the protector of cattle and cowherd populations.

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Vrindavan, 2020-11-16 (VT): Every year, on the day following Diwali, Govardhan puja is celebrated in all temples and homes in Braj. This year it was observed on November 15, Sunday.  

Cow dung art/sculptures depicting Shri Krishna lifting the Govardhan Hill were made in the temples of Braj – Vrindavan. The Lordships were offered an assortment of delicacies. All food items were placed before the deities and a mound of cooked rice symbolic of Govardhan Hill was kept at the center. Devotees sang kirtan praising ‘Giridhari Krishna’ for lifting the Hill to save His people from the wrath of Indra.

Owing to the Coronavirus pandemic scare some temples allowed darshan for the general public with restrictions in place, while others opted to go online.

The Govardhan sculpture made at Bare Dauji temple was a special attraction among devotees. Talking to Vrindavan Today, the temple sevait Shri Ved Gopal Goswami said, “The cow dung sculpture reflects the image of Shri Krishna lifting the Govardhan Hill. This festival is dedicated to the worship of Govinda - the cow herd God and the natural environment He inhabits. Krishna is Govardhan, and in this manifestation He is the protector of cattle and cowherd populations.”

Shri Raja Goswami of Gopinath Mandir said, “According to Shrimad Bhagvatam, Shri Krishna lifted the Govardhan Hill on his little finger for seven days to protect the residents of Vrindavan from torrential rains and thunderstorms brought on by Indra’s anger. Hence on this day, people offer puja to the Govardhan hill and prepare Annakut by making a mound of rice before the deities and offering different varieties of delicious food including vegetables, sweets, curd etc.”

Most of the temples celebrated Govardhan Puja on Sunday. In some temples celebrations will go on for the next six days.


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