Sri Govardhan Parikrama: Day One
Monday, 28 October 2019
Govardhan, Uttar Pradesh
Photographs courtesy of Sripad B.N. Sadhu Maharaj
bhakter nirmala-nirjharasya nibhrtam samraksakam sadaram
vande sri-gurudevam anata-sira acharya-varyam nijam
"I bow my head in eternal obeisance to my Gurudev, the best of acharyas,
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. He is the ever vigilant, stalwart
guardian of the current of pure devotion whose highest form flows from our
most worshippable Sri Rupanuga Guru-varga in their exclusive dedication to
Mahabhav, Srimati Radharani."
pramada-madana-lilah kandare kandare te
rachayati nava-yunor dvandvam asminn amandam
iti kila kalanartham lagnakas tad-dvayor me
nija-nikata-nivasam dehi govardhana tvam
"O Govardhan, the Divine Couple liberally enact Pastimes of mad love in your
caves. Please grant me a dwelling beside you so I can see Their
vaisnavera pada-dhuli tahe mora snana-keli
tarpana mora vaisnavera nama
vaisnavera uchchhista tahe mora mano-nistha
vaisnavera namete ullasa
"The feet dust of the Vaishnavs is where I sport and take bath, Vaishnavs'
name is the water oblation. My mind is intently fixed upon the remnants of
Vaishnavs, and I am elated at the name of Vaishnavs."
gangara-parasa ha-ile paschate pavana
darsane pavitra kara—ei tomara guna
"If the Ganges touches someone, they are purified some time later; but one
becomes purified just by seeing you, O Vaishnava Thakur. Such is your power."
Taking the darshan and leave of Sri Anu Giriraj, the parikrama
party starts out in the morning soon after the mangal arati.
The domes of Sri Parvat Gaudiya Math
At the Aanyor Village.
Sri Govinda Kunda
A view of holy Sri Giri-Govardhan Hill
The Deity of Adi Gopal beside Sri Govinda Kunda.
Devotees taking darshan of Sri Gopal.
His Divine Grace quickly takes prasadam and observes devotees honouring prasadam, making sure everybody serves and is served properly.
Sri Haldi (Harji) Kunda
Taking turn half way across Sri Govardhan
The parikrama party returns in the afternoon and spends the rest of the day resting, helping with various services and preparing for tomorrow's grand festival of Sri Govardhan Puja.
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