Sri Garga Samhita
BY: SUN STAFF
Jan 11, CANADA (SUN)
Canto One, Volume Four
Description of Giriraja Govardhana's Birth
he sannanda maha-prajna
sarvajno 'si bahu-srutah
vadatas te mukhac chrutam
Sri Nanda said: O very intelligent Sannanda, you have heard
much and you know everything. We have heard from your mouth the
glories of Vraja-mandala.
girir govardhano nama
tasyotpattim ca me vada
kasmad enam giri-varam
giri-rajam vadanti hi
Now please tell me about the birth of the mountain named
Govardhana. Why do they call it the best of mountains and the
king of mountains?
yamuneyam nadi sakshat
kasmal lokat samagata
tan-mahatmyam ca vada me
tvam asi jnaninam varah
From what world did the Yamuna river come? You are the best
of the wise. Please explain to me its glories.
bhishmam dharma-bhritam varam
papraccha pandur ittham tam
One day in Hastinapura, as many people listened, King Pandu
asked pious Bhishma:
Texts 5 and 6
chri-krishno bhagavan svayam
gacchan devo janardanah
radham praha priye bhiru
gaccha tvam api bhu-tale
As the Original Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna,
who is the king of Goloka and the master of countless universes
was about to depart in order to remove the earth's burden, He
said to Radha: O beloved, O frightened one, You should also go to
yatra vrindavanam nasti
na yatra yamuna nadi
yatra govardhano nasti
tatra me na manah-sukham
Sri Radha said: My heart cannot be happy in a place where
there is no Vrindavana forest, no Yamuna River, and no Govardhana
sva-dhamnah sri-harih svayam
govardhanam ca yamunam
preshayam asa bhupari
Sri Sannanda said: Then Lord Hari sent a 47 krosa portion of
His own abode, along with Govardhana and the Yamuna, to the
Note: A krosa equals two miles.
sapi catra samagata
sarva-lokais ca vandita
Worshiped by all the worlds and filled with 24 forests, that
land of Vrindavana has now come to the earth.
govardhano janma lebhe
patnyam dronacalasya ca
West of Bharata-varsha, in the middle of Salmali-dvipa,
Govardhana was born from the wife of Mount Drona.
sailah sarve samagatah
The demigods showered flowers on Govardhana. Headed by
Himalaya and Sumeru, all the mountains came.
pujam kritva vidhanatah
stutim cakrur mahadrayah
The great mountains bowed down, circumambulated, properly
worshiped, and eloquently glorified Govardhana with these words:
tvam sakshat krishnacandrasya
goloke go-ganair yukte
In Goloka, which is filled with gopas, gopis, and cows, you
are the mountain of Lord Krishnacandra, the Original Supreme
Personality of Godhead.
tvam hi govardhano nama
tvam no girinam sarvesham
giri-rajo 'si sampratam
You are named Govardhana. You are splendidly manifest in the
world of Vrindavana and you are the king of all us mountains.
namo govardhanaya ca
Obeisances to you, who are the crown of Goloka and who sit
on Vrindavana's lap! Obeisances to Govardhana, the parasol of the
Supreme Personality of Godhead!
iti stutvatha girayo
jagmuh svam svam griham tatah
sailo giri-varo sakshad
giri-raja iti smritah
After speaking these prayers the mountains returned to their
homes. For this reason Govardhana is known as the best of
mountains and the king of mountains.
ekada tirtha-yayi ca
girim govardhanam varam
nirjharair naditam santam
mrigaih sakhamritair vyaptam
tam dadarsa maha-munih
One day, as he was traveling to holy places, the great sage
Pulastya saw Mount Drona's son Govardhana, who was filled with
flowering madhavi vines, heavy with abundant fruits, filled with
the sounds of gushing streams, peaceful, auspicious with many
caves, suitable for performing austeritiies, filled with jewels,
charming, wonderful with many colorful minerals, beautiful with
graceful slopes, filled with many birds, deer, and nectar trees,
and decorated with peacock calls, and which gave liberation for
they who yearn for it.
pulastyah praha tam girim
Pulastya, the tiger of sages, approached Mount Drona and,
wishing to get his son, spoke.
he drona tvam girindro 'si
sarva-devais ca pujitah
sada jivana-do nrinam
Sri Pulastya said: O Drona, you are the king of mountains.
You are worshiped by all the demigods. You are filled with
transcendental medicinal herbs and thus you always restore the
arthi tavantike praptah
kasi-stho 'ham maha-munih
govardhanam sutam dehi
nanyair me 'tra prayojanam
I come to you with a request. I am a great sage. I live in
Kasi. Please give me your son Govardhana. I do not wish anything
Note: Kasi is a name of Varanasi.
yatra papi mritah sadyah
param moksham prayati hi
The great city named Kasi is the home of Lord Visvesvara. A
sinner who dies there at once attains liberation.
yatra gangagata sakshad
visvanatho 'pi yatra vai
yatra ko 'pi na parvatah
The Ganges flows there, and Lord Visvanatha resides there.
There, where there is no mountain, I will place your son.