Govardhana-Puja

Girirāja Govardhana

Hari-Dāsa-Varya

The Chief Devotee of Lord Hari

Lecture given by Śrī Śrīmad Gour Govinda Swami Mahārāja on Govardhana-pūjā
4 November, 1994, Bhubaneswar, India.
 

One day when Mahāprabhu was going to bathe in the ocean, He saw Caṭaka Parvata, a sand dune. If you have been to Jagannātha Purī you might have seen it. Caṭaka Parvata is situated in between the Ṭoṭā-gopīnātha temple and the Puruṣottama Gauḍīya Maṭha, the Gauḍīya Mission’s Maṭha, which was established by Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī. As soon as Mahāprabhu saw Caṭaka Parvata, He thought it was Giri Govardhana appearing before Him and He immediately recited a verse from the Tenth Canto of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam spoken by the gopīs in glorification of Giri Govardhana,

 
hantāyam adrir abalā hari-dāsa-varyo
yad rāma-kṛṣṇa-caraṇa-sparaśa-pramodaḥ
mānaṁ tanoti saha-go-gaṇayos tayor yat
pānīya-sūyavasa-kandara-kandamūlaiḥ
(Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 10.21.18)
 

O my dear girl companions, Girirāja Govardhana has become purified by the touch of the lotus feet of Rāma and Kṛṣṇa. He looks very joyful, blissful. He supplies nice clear running water, fresh grass, roots and fruits for our cows, calves, the cowherd men, boys and women. In this way he is offering pūja, worship, to Rāma and Kṛṣṇa. Therefore this mountain, Girirāja Govardhana is known as hari-dāsa-varya. Nārada, Yudhiṣṭhira and Uddhava are hari-dāsa, devotees of Lord Hari, and Girirāja Govardhana is hari-dāsa-varya, one of the chief devotees of the Lord.”

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2 Responses to Govardhana-Puja

  1. Rishikumardas November 1, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    From the bottom of my heart, i appreciate the services both of you are rendering, This Gour Priya Jana would be so happy with you. No limits.

    Just to recall, in BG Krishna says: one who tells someone about me, he is very dear to me.
    and another verse in SB he says, worshipping my devotee is pleasing to me.

    You are doing combination of these two things, and letting the world know about these great sadhu. I have many of the books by both TVP and GJP. I had been to BBSR this vyas puja time and prayed for his mercy.

    Please keep your blessings.

    Truly,
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  2. Mahesh Pandit das November 18, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    YOU BOTH ARE VERY GREAT, YOU ARE DOING VERY NICE SERVICE FOR THE DEVOTEES.
    I APPRECIATE VERY MUCH UR ENDEAVOR & UR WEBSITE.

    M.Pandit das

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