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Govardhan Puja & Annakuta

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Friday 20th October 2017

Govardhana Puja, Go-Puja and Annakuta are all connected with the story of Lord Krishna lifting Govardhana Hill to protect the inhabitants of Vrindavan. On this day, a hill of sweets is made from food prepared by the devotees, which is then offered to the Deities, and subsequently distributed to everyone. This is known as the “annakuta” ceremony. Cows are honoured as part of the festivities as well.

Celebrations at Bhaktivedanta Manor

4:30am Mangal Arati
7:30am Deity Greeting
8:00 am Special Class by HG Kripamoya Das
9:30 am Damodarastakam and candles offering
12:00am Go-Puja in the Goshalla
1:00pm Govardhana Hill arrives in the Tent
1:30pm Goverdhan Puja in the Tent
2:15pm Free Vegetarian Meal (Prasadam)

Note: Annakuta Darshan from 7:30am-7:30pm  (darshan will be closed between 5:00am-7:30am)

The story behind Govardhan Puja
The day after Diwali is referred to as Annakuta, or Govardhan Puja. On this day the inhabitants of Vrindavan (Lord Krishna’s abode on Earth) would hold a harvest festival in honor 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 honor Govardhan Hill instead, whose fertile soil provided the grass upon which the cows and bulls grazed, and to honor 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 Govardhan Hill with the little finger of his left hand. For seven days and seven nights the Lord held up Govardhan 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 worshiped could easily be served by worshiping Him, the cause of all causes.

Several thousand years later, on this same day, Srila Madhavendra Puri established a temple for the self-manifest Gopala Deity on top of Govardhan Hill.

To celebrate this festival, devotees build a replica of Govardhan Hill made of various opulent foods, worship Lord Krishna as the lifter of Govardhan Hill, worship the hill as His incarnation, and worship the cows and bulls who are dear to the Lord.

At the end of the festival, the hill of prasada (sanctified food) is distributed to the public. All Vaishnava temples in India observe this ceremony, and hundreds of people are given prasada according to the capacity of each temple.

Letting out of the Cows!

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Go-Mocanotsavah

Each spring, the Manor’s New Gokul farm goes through the “letting out of the cows” ritual, whereby the cows and bulls are overjoyed to be let out again in the fields after being kept sheltered inside for the winter. Everyone laughs and cheers as the herd race across the fields, jumping and moo-ing in happiness. A truly delightful and entertaining experience for both cows and humans alike!

When: Sunday 2nd April at 9.45am

Where: At New Gokul (The Manor’s farm)

Gomocanotsava schedule : Sunday 2nd-April

9.45 – Radha Gokulananda Vihara Yatra [Deities procession starting from temple room]
10.10 – Swagata seva [Welcoming deities to Goshala]
10.15 – Navanaivedya seva [9 Bhoga offerings made with Goshala milk]
10.20 – Aarati seva [Aarati offering]
10.30 – Pravacan [Class]
10.45 – Gomocana [Letting the cows out]
11.15 – Prasada seva [Refreshments]
cows let out

cows being let out

 

 

Govardhan Puja & Annakuta

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

govardhan puja 2016

Monday 31st October 2016

Govardhan Puja, Go-Puja and Annakuta are all connected with the story of Lord Krishna lifting Govardhan Hill to protect the inhabitants of Vrindavan. On this day, a hill of sweets is made from food prepared by the devotees, which is then offered to the Deities, and subsequently distributed to everyone. This is known as the “annakuta” ceremony. Cows are honoured as part of the festivities as well.

Celebrations at Bhaktivedanta Manor

4:30am Mangal Arati
7:30am Deity Greeting
12:00am Go-Puja in the Goshalla
1:00pm Govardhan Hill arrives in the Tent
1:30pm Govardhan Puja in the Tent
2:30pm Free Vegetarian Meal (Prasadam)

Note: Annakuta Darshan from 7:30am-7:30pm (darshan will be closed between 5:00am-7:30am)

The story behind Govardhan Puja
The day after Diwali is referred to as Annakuta, or Govardhan Puja. On this day the inhabitants of Vrindavan (Lord Krishna’s abode on Earth) would hold a harvest festival in honor 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 honor Govardhan Hill instead, whose fertile soil provided the grass upon which the cows and bulls grazed, and to honor 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 Govardhan Hill with the little finger of his left hand. For seven days and seven nights the Lord held up Govardhan 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 worshiped could easily be served by worshiping Him, the cause of all causes.

Several thousand years later, on this same day, Srila Madhavendra Puri established a temple for the self-manifest Gopala Deity on top of Govardhan Hill.

To celebrate this festival, devotees build a replica of Govardhan Hill made of various opulent foods, worship Lord Krishna as the lifter of Govardhan Hill, worship the hill as His incarnation, and worship the cows and bulls who are dear to the Lord.

At the end of the festival, the hill of prasada (sanctified food) is distributed to the public. All Vaishnava temples in India observe this ceremony, and hundreds of people are given prasada according to the capacity of each temple.

Letting out of the Cows!

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Go-Mocanotsavah

Each spring, the Manor’s New Gokul farm goes through the “letting out of the cows” ritual, whereby the cows and bulls are overjoyed to be let out again in the fields after being kept sheltered inside for the winter. Everyone laughs and cheers as the herd race across the fields, jumping and moo-ing in happiness. A truly delightful and entertaining experience for both cows and humans alike!

When: Sunday 10th April at 9.45am

Where: At New Gokul (The Manor’s farm)
sqcows let out

 

 

Govardhan Puja & Annakuta

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

govardhan puja3

Thursday 12th November 2015

Govardhan Puja, Go-Puja and Annakuta are all connected with the story of Lord Krishna lifting Govardhan Hill to protect the inhabitants of Vrindavan. On this day, a hill of sweets is made from food prepared by the devotees, which is then offered to the Deities, and subsequently distributed to everyone. This is known as the “annakuta” ceremony. Cows are honoured as part of the festivities as well.

Celebrations at Bhaktivedanta Manor

4:30am Mangal Arati
7:30am Deity Greeting
12:00am Go-Puja in the Goshalla
1:00pm Govardhan Hill arrives in the Tent
1:30pm Govardhan Puja in the Tent
2:30pm Free Vegetarian Meal (Prasadam)

Note: Annakuta Darshan from 7:30am-7:30pm (darshan will be closed between 5:00am-7:30am)

The story behind Govardhan Puja
The day after Diwali is referred to as Annakuta, or Govardhan Puja. On this day the inhabitants of Vrindavan (Lord Krishna’s abode on Earth) would hold a harvest festival in honor 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 honor Govardhan Hill instead, whose fertile soil provided the grass upon which the cows and bulls grazed, and to honor 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 Govardhan Hill with the little finger of his left hand. For seven days and seven nights the Lord held up Govardhan 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 worshiped could easily be served by worshiping Him, the cause of all causes.

Several thousand years later, on this same day, Srila Madhavendra Puri established a temple for the self-manifest Gopala Deity on top of Govardhan Hill.

To celebrate this festival, devotees build a replica of Govardhan Hill made of various opulent foods, worship Lord Krishna as the lifter of Govardhan Hill, worship the hill as His incarnation, and worship the cows and bulls who are dear to the Lord.

At the end of the festival, the hill of prasada (sanctified food) is distributed to the public. All Vaishnava temples in India observe this ceremony, and hundreds of people are given prasada according to the capacity of each temple.

Letting out of the Cows!

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Each spring, the Manor’s New Gokul farm goes through the “letting out of the cows” ritual, whereby the cows and bulls are overjoyed to be let out again in the fields after being kept sheltered inside for the winter. Everyone laughs and cheers as the herd race across the fields, jumping and moo-ing in happiness. A truly delightful and entertaining experience for both cows and humans alike!

When: Sunday 26th April at 10am

Where: At New Gokul (The Manor’s farm)

 
sqcows let out

 

 

The cows’ favourite day!

Monday, March 26th, 2012

10am  April 8th (Easter Sunday)

The devotees who work on New Gokul farm would like to invite you to the cows’ favourite day of the year—the day when they are let out onto the lush green grass after a winter inside the barns. It is a great time to see the cows and bulls at their most energetic. They race around, have mock-fights, take running leaps into the air and generally go a bit crazy. It is a sight you will never forget!

The joy comes partly because they wil again graze freely the juicy and fresh grass as well as because they are no longer confined in their winter shelter.

This year the date is April 8th, Easter Sunday. The programme will start at 10am, where Sri-Sri-Radha-Krishna in their Deity forms will be taken to the farm. It is one of the few times a year Their Lordships can be seen outside the temple room. You will have to come on the day to see what other festivities we have in store…

Check out the video of last year’s “letting the cows out” here.