Today I will attend the celebrations of Govardhana Puja (the worship of the Divine Hill called Govardhana) at the North Sydney Hare Krishna Temple. This festival has been held continuously for many thousands of years in India, as illustrated in this old poster.
This festival was brought to the West in the 1960’s by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, affectionately known as Prabhupada, who is the Founder and Acharya of the Hare Krishna Movement. Nowadays this event is celebrated ‘simultaneously’ (staggered actually, in all the world’s time zones) all over the planet.
Here’s a gorgeous hand-crafted miniature hill-cake of confectionery, painstakingly crafted at Bhaktivedanta Manor in Hertfordshire, England, and created almost entirely out of milk from the temple dairy herd.
Here’s a colossal offering of many hundreds of varieties of sanctified vegetarian delicacies. Not sure where it is, though I found the picture on the Phoenix, Arizona Hare Krishna Temple website.
This one is at the Hare Krishna Temple in Brooklyn, New York.
And this one’s closer to home – at New Govardhana, the famous Hare Krishna Farming Community near Murwillumbah, northern New South Wales.
The hills of prasadam, spiritualized foods, take sometimes days to prepare, but only minutes to be demolished and eaten.
A taste of this trancendental food will infuse you with Divine Love, bhakti. Check your nearest Hare Krishna Temple for details of this once-a-year event.