Govardhan Puja is celebrated the day after Diwali. It is the day Lord Krishna defeated Indra, the deity of thunder and rain. As per the story, Krishna saw huge preparations for the annual offering to Indra and questions his father Nanda about it. He debated with the villagers about what their ‘dharma’ truly was. They were farmers, they should do their duty and concentrate on farming and protection of their cattle. He continued to say that all human beings should merely do their ‘karma’, to the best of their ability and not pray or conduct sacrifices for natural phenomenon. The villagers were convinced by Krishna, and did not proceed with the special puja (prayer). Indra was then angered, and flooded the village. Krishna then lifted Mt Govardhan and held it up as protection to his people and cattle from the rain. Indra finally accepted defeat and recognized Krishna as supreme. This aspect of Krishna’s life is mostly glossed over – but it actually set up on the basis of the ‘karma’ philosophy later detailed in the Bhagavad Gita.
Govardhana (Sanskrit: गोवर्धन) is a hill located near the town of Vrindavana, in the Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh, India. It considered as sacred especially in the Vaishnava traditions within Hinduism.
Prem Mandir Vrindavan
- Prem Mandir is located on the outskirts of Vrindavan in 54 acres.
- It took 11 years to complete the temple.
- The temple is elegantly carved in white Italian marble.
- The outer walls of the temple depicts 84 leelas of Sri Krishna and Radha.
- Inside the temple one can view the philosophy of bhakti yog, as revealed by Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, inlaid in the ornate walls with semi-precious stones.
- Kripalu Trayodashi, the famous concise overview of all of the philosophy of Hindu dharm in only 13 verses, composed by Kripaluji Maharaj, is displayed just next to the main shrine.
- The temple is also adorned with beautiful sculptures of deities and incidents in Hindu scriptures.
- Beautifully carved dome is a highlight of the temple.
Prem Mandir- A Symbol Of True Love
As the name suggests “Prem Mandir” is the statue of true love of “Lord Krishna & Radha”. I believe it is one of the finest temples of India in terms of architecture and construction. One must not miss to visit this temple whenever at “Vrindavan”. All the idols of Radh-Krishna seems talking and at the entrance of the temple there is one place where Lord Krishna’s very big statue is moving electrically on Kaalia Naag. This is one of the best places to visit at Vrindavan.