Upcoming Festival: Govardhan Puja 2021 | Saturday, November 6th, 2021 @1:30pm

November 6, 2021 @ 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
103 Grande Blvd.
Sinking Spring PA 19608
Berks Bhakti Yoga

1:30 pm: Kirtan
3:00 pm: Talk on the spiritual significance, pastimes and glories of Govardhan
4:00 pm: Sri Govardhan darshan with Kirtan
4:30 pm: Group Prayers (Damodar Ashtakam along with offering lamps)
5:00 pm: Sumptuous Prasadam Feast

!!! Invitation is open to everyone and there is no cost !!!

Please feel free to extend this invitation to your family and friends.

About Govardhan Puja

Govardhan puja, one of the biggest festivals in this auspicious month of Kartik (October – November) is celebrated with great jubilation to commemorate the pastime of Lord Sri Krishna lifting the Govardhana Hill to protect the residents of Vrindavana from the wrath of Indra. The glories of Govardhan are endless and the importance of his worship was established by Krishna himself in the most amazing pastime. Girirāja Govardhana rested like a bee upon the lotus hand of Acyuta (Lord Shri Krishna) for seven days. He expertly serves Śrī Hari and Śrī Hari’s dear associates by providing them with fruits, roots, and caves. Devotees prepare varieties of foodstuffs with grain and ghee (like rice, dhal, halva, pakora, puri, etc.) and all kinds of milk preparations (such as sweet rice, rabri, sweet balls, sandesh, rasagulla and laddu). The food is stacked like a small hill and offered to the Lord. Then it is distributed to everyone as prasadam. Hence, this festival is also called Annakuta Festival.
“Of all the devotees, this Govardhan Hill is the best! O my friends, this hill supplies Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma, as well as Their calves, cows and cowherd friends, with all kinds of necessities – water for drinking, very soft grass, caves, fruits, flowers and vegetables. In this way the hill offers respect to the Lord. Being touched by the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma, Govardhan Hill appears very jubilant.”   (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 10.21.18)

Pious people keep awake the whole night and cook fifty-six (or 108) different types of food for the bhog (the offering of food) to Krishna. This ceremony is called annakut which means a mountain of food. Various types of food – sweets, cereals, pulses, fruit, vegetables, chutneys, pickles, and salads – are offered to the Lord Krishna and then distributed as prasada to devotees. If you wish to prepare some bhoga offering and participate in this auspicious ceremony……you are most welcome to do so.