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Fabulous Festivals in Fall by GVA

Gaudiya Vaishnava Association (GVA), was founded by His Divine Grace Shrila Bhakti Swarup Tirtha Goswami Maharaj with the sole objective of spreading spiritual awareness all over the world, and to propagate, preach and promote the only means of deliverance - the chanting of the Holy Names of God, Shri Krishna. As part of the Fall Utsav of 2019, GVA observed Kartik Vrata also known by the name DamodarVrata, Shri Govardhan Puja, and, the Advent of the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita.


DamodarVrata : The utsav starts with the Damodarvrata, which is the best, the purest of purifiers, and most glorious of all months. Kartik month is particularly dear to Lord Shri Krishna. This month is full of bhakta vatsalya. Any vrata performed, even the smallest, will yield huge results and the effect of performing a Kartik vrata lasts for one hundred lifetimes.During this month, in Vrndavana it is the regulative principle to pray daily to Lord Krishna in His Damodara form. The Damodara form refers to Krishna in His childhood when He was tied up with rope by His mother, Yasoda. Dama means ‘ropes,’ and udara means ‘the abdomen.’ So mother Yasoda, being very disturbed by naughty Krishna, bound Him around the abdomen with a rope, and thus Krishna is named Damodara. Devotees from the congregation offered ghee lamps to Lord Damodara and sang the Damodarashtakam. Lighted diyas (lamps) decorated the altar.

Shri Govardhana Puja: Next GVA celebrated Shri Govardhana puja with grandeur. Lord Krishna, as a seven year old boy, lifted the Govardhana hill in His little finger and protected the citizens of Vrindavana from the wrath of Lord Indra. To signify this pastime an annakut (hillock made of cooked rice and other edible items) was built and decorated beautifully with many varieties of food items resembling the Giri Govardhan hill. Samvartaka (cataclysmic) clouds that were set up from the ceiling with King Indra and pouring rain and thunder sounds were very artistic to witness. Later an elaborate arati was performed to Shri Shri Radha Madanamohana and to Giri Govardhan. Everyone had the opportunity to do parikrama (circumambulation) of the deities and Giri Govardhan with ecstatic bhajans and enjoyed the sweet treats distributed during these celebrations.

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita Jayanti : As the culmination of the fall festival, GVA observed the Advent of the Bhagavat Gita on 7th of December. More than 5000 years ago Lord Shri Krishna spoke this great scripture, the Shrimad Bhagavat Gita to His disciple friend Shri Arjuna in the battlefield of Kurukshetra.This day is celebrated as Gita Jayanti.GVA members along with the guests read the verses from Shri Bhagavat Gita and listened to the discourse given by His Divine Grace B.S. Tirtha Maharaj.

A mini chariot with Lord Shri Krishna and Shri Arjuna was set up at the altar to signify the occasion and was very attractive. Young devotees from the GVA Youth Program and GVA Gurukul classes presented many slokas from the Gita and glorified this great scripture by singing a verse from the Gita Mahatmya by Shri Adi Shankaracharya –
eko devo devaki-putraeva
eko mantras tasyanamaniyani

There need be only one holy scripture-the divine Gita sung by Lord Shri Krishna: only one worshipable Lord-Lord Shri Krishna: only one mantra-His holy names: and only one duty-devotional service unto that Supreme Worshipable Lord, Shri Krishna.


Reading the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita and the Shrimad Bhagavatam brings about peace of the mind, soul, and body. Shrila Maharaj has given discourses which are available in CD/DVD/USB media for the benefit of all groups of people. Interested persons are welcome to contact GVA at 1-888-9GVA-USA or visit online at www.bhagavatvani.org .
Hare Krishna


' Dec-16-2019