Govardhan-Puja, Go-Puja in Kajang, Malaysia

Govardhana Puja is the festival celebrating Sri Krsna’s pastime of lifting Govardhana Hill to protect the residents of Vrindavan from the wrath of Lord Indra’s storm.

In Krishna Book, Srila Prabhupada relates the story of how the village cowherds and local vaisyas arranged to worship King Indra, hoping for boons of rain and good crops to feed the cows. Krishna’s father, Nanda Maharaja, was arranging a yajna to the demigod, but Krishna encouraged him instead to make many opulent preparations from ghee and grains for offering to the cows, the brahmanas and to Govardhana Hill. The residents of Vrindavan did just that, circumambulating Govardhana Hill worshipfully. Krishna then expanded Himself into the giant form of Govardhan and accepted their offerings.

This all greatly agitated the mind of Lord Indra, who called forth the samvartaka clouds to produce an intense storm and flooding that would destroy the entire village. Lord Krishna saved the residents of Vrindavan by lifting the entire Govardhana Hill aloft, keeping it raised on his one little finger for seven days while everyone took shelter beneath it from Indra’s wrathful storm.

Devotees around the world celebrate Sri Krishna’s Govardhan pastime with a yearly festival called Govardhan Puja. A replica of Govardhan is built with prasadam, and a murti of Lord Krishna is placed atop it for the devotees to circumambulate and offer kirtana to.

Govardhan replicas may be as simple as a mound of decorated halvah, while others are multi-tiered mountains of prasadam preparations. All Govardhan replicas are at least partially made of foodstuffs for offering to the Lord then distributing as prasadam. Some, however are constructed as earthworks or with painted rocks, shaped cow dung, flowers, etc.

In conjunction with the Govardhan-Puja celebration, the Kajang namahatta of Iskcon KL is organizing a special program at their farm in Kajang on Thursday, 30/10/2008 at 10pm. The program will include Go-Puja, bhajans, spiritual discourse, Govardhan-Puja, offering of ghee lamps to Lord Damodara and traditional games.

Directions to the Farm:
Devotees traveling from Kuala Lumpur are advised to take the Bt 9 Cheras toll passing Phoenix Plaza on their right. Go straight passing the 2nd toll passing where you will see Bandar Tun Hussein on the right. After this, take the Sg Long exit on your left and go on until you see a signboard with “Seremban, Semenyih”. Take this exit and pass another toll before heading to the Kajang Farm on your left. For more information, please call Kajang namahatta at 03-84372095 or 019-3501534, 012-2050241