Sri Garga Samhita
BY: SUN STAFF
Feb 07, CANADA (SUN)
The Great Festival of Sri Giriraja
srutva vaco nanda-sutasya sakshac
su-vismitah purva-kritam vihaya
Sri Narada said: Hearing Sri Krishna's words, Nanda, Sannanda, and the other rulers of Vraja were filled with wonder. Abandoning what they had done, they performed the worship of Govardhana Hill.
nitva balin maithila nanda-rajah
sutau samaniya ca rama-krishnau
samutsuko garga-yutah prasannah
O king of Mithila, taking many offerings, King Nanda, Yasoda, their two sons Krishna and Balarama, and Garga Muni, all eager and joyful, went to worship Govardhana Hill.
tvaram samaruhya mahonnatam gajam
govardhanantam prayayau gavam ganaih
sarad-dhanaih sakra iva priya-yutah
Quickly climbing on a wonderfully decorated great elephant chained with golden shackles, Nanda went, with the many cows and with the wealth of the autumn harvest, to the edge of Govardhana Hill. He looked like Indra Himself, accompanied by his beloved.
nandopananda vrishabhanavas ca
putrais ca pautrais ca sahanganabhih
sarvam samaniya ca yajna-bharam
Bringing the ingredients for the performing the yajna, the Nandas, Upanandas, and Vrishabhanus, along with their wives, children, and grandchildren, went to Govardhana Hill.
aruhya radha sibikam sakhi-ganaih
Dressed in splendid garments and jewel ornaments, and eager as a cakori bird or a bumblebee, as She rode in a palanquin with Her friends, Radha looked like Saci herself.
samagate parsva-gate sv-alankrite
rajan sakhi-koti-samavrite pare
sakhyau vibhate lalita-visakhe
O king, nicely decorated, gracefully moving two beautiful camaras, accompanied by millions of gopi friends, and their faces splendid as two moons, Radha's best friends, Lalita and Visakha, gloriously stood by Her side.
evam rama vai viraja ca madhavi
maya ca krishna nripa jahnu-nandini
dva-trimsad-ashtau ca tatha hi shodasa
sakhyas ca tasam kila yutha agatah
Then Rama, Viraja, Madhavi, Maya, Yamuna, and Ganga, accompanied by thirty-two, eight, and sixteen groups of gopis, arrived.
sri-maithilanam kila kosalanam
tatha srutinam rishi-rupa-karanam
tatha tv ayodhya-pura-vasininam
In their previous births these gopis had been the women of Mithila, the women of Kosala, the personified Vedas, the great sages, the women of Ayodhya, the Yajna-Sitas, the women of the forest, . . .
. . . the women of Vaikuntha, who have Rama as their leader, the women of the highest Vaikuntha realm, the women of various effulgent realms, the women of Dhruvaloka and Lokacala, . . .
jalandharinam ca samudra-kanya-
. . . Lakshmi's friends splendid with three transcendental virtues, the women riding in airplanes, vines and plants, jalandharis, the daughters of the ocean, the daughters of King Barhishmati, the women of Sutalaloka, . . .
asam ca yutha-vraja-vasininam
. . . the apsaras, and all the serpent king's daughters. Now, as girls of Vraja, nicely decorated, and their hands splendid with many offerings, they approached Govardhana Hill.
gopas ca vriddhah sisavo yuvanah
rejuh sameta nava-yashti-venubhih
Then the gopa men, adolescents, and boys, dressed in yellow garments, wearing turbans crowned with peacock feathers, decorated with beautiful necklaces, gunja, and forest garlands, and holding new flutes and sticks, came.
srutvotsavam saila-varasya man-mukhad
Hearing of the Govardhana festival from my mouth, carrying the Ganga in his matted locks, wearing a necklace of skulls, his body anointed with the powder of bones, decorated with a necklace and bracelets of many snakes, . . .
aruhya nandisvaram adi-vahanam
. . . reeling from having drunk dhattura poison, acompanied by Parvati and his many associates, and riding on his carrier Nandi, Lord Siva came to the circle of Govardhana Hill.
ajagmur arad giri-darsanartham
sahasraso vipra-ganah sametah
Many thousands of rajarshis, viprarshis, surarshis, siddhesas, yogesvaras, paramahamsas, and brahmanas came to see Govardhana Hill.
govardhano ratna-sila-mayo 'bhut
suvarna-sringaih paritah sphuradbhih
daribhir uccanga-kariva rajan
O king, its stones jewels, its many peaks golden, and its form splendid with intoxicated bees, beautiful caves,and swiftly-flowing streams, Govardhana Hill was like a great elephant.
tadaiva sailah kila murtimantah
nemur girim mangala-panayas tam
govardhanam rupa-dharam girindrah
Then, manifesting humanlike forms and bearing auspicious gifts in their hands, the mountain kings, headed by Mount Meru and Mount Himalaya, offered their respectful obeisances, bowing down to the humanlike form of Govardhana Hill.
dvijais ca govardhana-deva-pujanam
sampujya dhritva sudhanam maha-dhanam
balim dadau sri-giraye vrajesvarah
Following Krishna's instruction, Nanda, the king of Vraja, had many brahmanas worship Govardhana Hill. Then Nanda worshiped the brahmanas, fire-gods, and cows, and then gave a very opulent offering to Govardhana Hill.
nandopanandair vrishabhanubhis ca
gopi-ganair gopa-ganaih praharshitah
cakara krishno 'dri-vara-pradakshinam
Pleased by the earnestly singing Nandas, Upanandas, Vrishabhanus, gopas, and gopis, Lord Krishna circumambulated Govardhana Hill, the king of mountains.
deveshu varshatsu ca pushpa-varsham
janeshu varshatsu ca laja-sangham
reje maha-raja ivadhvare janair
govardhano nama girindra-raja-rat
As the demigods showered flowers and the Vrajavasis showered grains, Govardhana Hill, the great king of the kings of the kings of mountains, glistened with great glory, as if it were a great monarch in the midst of a yajna.
krishno 'pi sakshad vraja-saila-madhyad
dhritvati-dirgham kila canya-rupam
sailo 'smi lokan iti bhashayan san
jaghasa sarvam kritam anna-kutam
Manifesting a gigantic form different from His own, Lord Krishna appeared from the midst of Govardhana Hill. Declaring, I am this hill," He ate the entire hill of food that was offered.
ucuh svayam vikshya gireh prabhavam
datum varam tatra samudyatam tam
su-vismita harshita-manasas te
Seeing Govardhana Hill's great power and opulence, and their hearts full of joy and wonder, the gopas and gopis asked the hill to grant them a benediction.
jnato 'si gopair giriraja-devah
pradarsito nanda-sutena sakshat
no go-dhanam va kila bandhu-varyo
vriddhim samayatu dine dine kau
They said, "The gopas know that You are the Deity worshiped by the kings of mountains. Nanda's son Krishna has shown Your true nature to us. Please grant that day after day our relatives, friends, and cows may prosper."
tathastu coktva giriraja-rajo
govardhano divya-vapur dadhanah
Manifesting a handsome divine form decorated with crown and armlets, Govardhana Hill, the king of the kings of mountains, said, "So be it," and suddenly disappeared.
Texts 25 and 26
nandopananda vrishabhanavas ca
balah sucandro vrishabhanu-rajah
sri-nanda-rajas ca haris ca gopa
gopyas ca sarva nija-go-dhanais ca
dvijas ca yogesvara-siddha-sanghah
sivadayas canya-janas ca sarve
natvatha sampujya girim prasannah
svam svam griham jagmur anicchaya ca
The Nandas, Upanandas, Vrishabhanus, Balarama, Sucandra, King Vrishabhanu, King Nanda, Krishna, all the gopas, gopis, and cows, the brahmanas, the siddhas and yogesvaras headed by Lord Siva, as well as everyone else bowed down and worshiped Govardhana Hill. Then, happy at heart, and all their desires fulfilled, they returned to their own homes.
sri-krishnacandrasya param caritram
girindra-rajasya mahotsavam ca
maya tavagre kathitam vicitram
nrinam maha-papa-haram pavitram
In this way I have described to you Sri Krishnacandra's transcendental pastime of offering a great festival to worship Govardhana Hill, the king of the kings of mountains. This wonderful and purifying narration frees the people from the greatest sins.