Govardhana Puja - Sunday, October 22
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 small 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.
hantayam adrir abala hari-dasa-varyo
manam tanoti saha-go-ganayos tayor yat
"Of all the devotees, this Govardhana Hill is the best! O my friends, this hill supplies Krsna and Balarama, along with 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 respects to the Lord. Being touched by the lotus feet of Krsna and Balarama, Govardhana Hill appears very jubilant." Caitanya-caritamrta, Antya-lila 14.86 (quoted from Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.21.18)
4:00 PM - Kirtan (Call & response singing)
5:00 PM - Story of Krishna Lifting Govardhana Hill
6:00 PM - Sandhya Arati (Call & response singing with ghee lamp offering)
7:00 PM - Govardhan Puja (Bathing Deity in various foodstuffs)
7:30 PM - Announcements & Prasadam (Vegetarian Feast)
There will be a mountain of sweets in the temple room representing Govardhana Hill. You are welcome to bring sweets that are completely vegetarian that are free from eggs, mushrooms, onion and garlic in a clean container (a container that has never held any of the above listed ingredients or meats/fish, and that has never been eaten out of. New foil containers are a good option).
Feast - $151.00
Flower Decorations - $201.00
Garlands - $151.00