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Sri Govardhana Puja, Go Puja, Go krda and Sri Bali Daityaraja Puja and Sri Rasikananda - Appearance

Sri Govardhana Puja, Go Puja, Go krda (attached document)
(Worship of Govardhana Hill)
Sri Bali Daityaraja Puja
Sri Rasikananda - Appearance
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Origin of Govardhan:

In the western coast of India, in the island of Salmali, lived Dronachala,
the king of the mountains. Once a sage by the name of Pulastya Muni, came to
him to take his son Giriraja with him to Kashi (Varanasi). After offering
some initial resistance, Giriraja, somehow agreed to go with him only on
condition that he should not put him down on the earth in between. If he
does so, he would stay there forever.

When they were flying over the Vraja bhumi, Giriraja increased his weight to
the extent that Pulastya had no option but to put him down. Pulastya
understood the mischief of Giriraja. He became furious and cursed him that
he would decrease by a grain everyday. But then repenting on the curse he
gave to Giriraja, he assured him that he would be blessed in the Dvapara
Yuga and everybody would start worshipping him since then.

This happened in the Satya yuga. Brahmaji wished to create the Dvapara Yuga
but because of the portentous phenomenon of Ravana, he had to create the
Treta Yuga. In this yuga, Hanumanaji on the instructions of Lord Rama, came
to take Giriraja for the cause of constructing a pull on the ocean.

Giriraja at once agreed to go for the service of Lord Rama. But before they
reached, the pull was ready and there was no need of additional stones.
Giriraja was very dissappointed on not having the darshana of Lord Rama.

On knowing the sorrow of Giriraja, Lord Rama sent a message saying that,
"...by the end of the Dvapara Yuga, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri
Krishna will Himself appear and play on you and will also worship you. In
the kaliyuga, the devotees shall attain numerous divine supernatural powers
by worshipping you.''

In Sarasvata Kalpa, i.e. the end of the Dvapara Yuga, Bhagavan Sri Krishna
stopped the worship of Indra and started the Govardhana Puja by doing
Himself. It was a wonderful sight. Being worshipped by Sri Krishna, Giriraja
himself became like Sri Krishna. It was like He (Sri Krishna) worshipping
Himself. Since then all the six seasons resided permanently on Giriraja.

Besides this, the eight gates of the Asta Sakha's from where they entered
the nitya lila, are also on the Govardhan hill. The Asta Sakha's, who reside
on the Govardhan hill are in differrent places, each of which were
passionately attached to their respsctive Deities of those places.


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SRI RASKIKANANDA DEVA GOSVAMI

In the Christian year 1590 (Sakabda 1512), on the first day of the bright
fortnight of the month of Kartik, during the night of the festival
Dipamalika, when the houses are decorated with rows of lamps, Sri
Rasikananda Deva made his appearance in this world. His father was Sri
Acyuta Deva, the king of Rohini. After passing many years without having a
male issue, Sri Acyuta Deva, by the mercy of Sri Jagadisa (Jagannath), was
blessed with this jewel of a son. The village of Rohini or Royni was
situated within the country known as Mallabhumi, encompassed on one side
by the Suvarnarekha River (Suvarna meaning golden and rekha, a line). This
Suvarnarekha River cleansed the sins of all the local people. Near Royni
was another village of the name Barayita, by the side of which flowed the
Dolanganadi River, whose banks were adorned with beautiful gardens. Raja
Acyuta Deva very affectionately maintained his subjects and was famous for
impeccably observing the rites attendant upon kings. In the village of
Royni the son of King Acyuta appeared as the sun appears in the eastern
sky and became dearly beloved by the people. He was known as Rasikananda
and also Murari. As he grew up, shining qualities appeared by degrees in
his person that caused the further exaltation of his family, just as the
waxing moon gradually expands its influence in the night sky and causes
the sea to rise. At a very young age he became quite proficient in all of
the scriptures. He was very devoted to his parents, especially his mother,
whose name was Bhavani. His father married him at very young age. Murari's
wife Syamadasi was a mine of good character who hailed from the village of
Ghonta Sila, not far from Royni on the banks of the Suvarna Rekha, where
in days of old the Pandavas had lived in exile. One day, Murari was
sitting in a lonely place, wondering when and where he might become so
fortunate as to get shelter at the lotus feet of a spiritual preceptor.
Just then a voice from the sky addressed him, "Don't be in anxiety, you
will become the disciple of Sri Syamananda." Having heard this
proclamation, Rasik Murari became very jubilant, and began to repeatedly
murmur the name Syamananda, as though chanting japa. From moment to moment
his eagerness increased without diminition, as tears flowed from his eyes
by his chanting of the name of Syamananda. He was in such a state that he
spend most of the night sleeplessly, calling to his master Syamananda.
Finally, towards the early morning, he drifted off to the land of dreams,
where he saw his spiritual master, the very figure of charm and grace.
Smilingly, Syamananda informed him, "When tomorrow the eastern sky becomes
tinged with pink, you will obtain me." Saying this, Syamananda
disappeared. Rasikananda's heart began to swell in ecstatic bliss. Then,
with the first rays of morning which dispel the dense darkness of the
world, the wise Murari sat silently watching the path. After some time
Syamananda approached from the distance, looking as beautifully effulgent
as the sun and surrounded by his disciples like Sri Kishora dasa and
others. His smiling face was like the lotus flower that opens to greet
its friend the sun, and his chest was as broad as a door. His captivating
appearance was made all the more irresistable by the sweet sounds of 'Sri
Krsna Caitanya-Nityananda' emanating from his lotus mouth. Absorbed in
intense love he moved along the path like the clouds move in the sky. When
Rasika caught sight of this divine form, he fell down in front of him to
touch his lotus feet. In great ecstasy Shyamananda embraced him and began
to bathe him with his tears of ecstatic love. Sri Rasika Murari then felt
himself to be one of the most fortunate living beings within this
universe. On an auspicious day Syamananda initiated Rasika and his wife in
Radha-Krsna mantra. After that, Rasikananda began to travel with his guru,
during which time he became a very intimate disciple. Syamananda then
bestowed upon him the service of Sri Radha- Govinda Deva at Sri
Gopiballabhapur. Rasikananda became totally engaged in their Lordships
service, and the devotees were charmed by his excellent services. At
Gopiballabhpur and other places he began to seriously take up the
preaching of the message of Sri Gaura-Nityananda. By his influence many
atheists and unbelievers were transformed into devotees of Sri Gaura-
Nityananda. "By the tremendous influence of Rasikananda's preaching, many
rogues, robbers and atheists were delivered from their sinful activities
and received his mercy. He distributed the jewel of devotion even to the
infidel Mohammedans, as he travelled from village to village, in the
company of his disciples. He even converted the wild elephant which was
sent for his destruction into his disciple and engaged him in the service
of Krsna and the Vaisnavas. That wicked miscreant who sent the elephant, a
Mohammedan, bowed at his feet when he realised his mistake. It is not
possible to count the number of living entities that were extricated from
the ocean of material existence by Rasikananda Deva's association. He was
always intoxicated with the chanting of the Holy Name. Who cannot but be
overwhelmed by hearing about his uncommon qualities?" [B.R. 15.86] By Sri
Rasikananda's mercy many Mohammedans, who were actually just impious and
wicked atheists, became worshipers of the Supreme Lord. Also many virtuous
kings and zamindars such as the king of Mayurbhanj named Vaidyanatha
Bhanj, the king of Patashpur known as Gajapati and Candrabhanu, the king
of Moyna, took shelter at his lotus feet. What to speak of those pious and
noble gentlemen, even the sinful zamindar Bhima, the Mohammedan Suba
Ahmadbeg and the wicked atheist Srikar also surrendered themselves at his
lotus feet. A vicious, wild elephant was tamed by Rasikananda's
transcendental influence and henceforward was known as Gopala das. Later,
two jungle tigers likewise gave up their ferocious nature. Accepting the
order of his guru, Sri Syamananda, on his head, Rasikananda preached the
message of Sri Gaursundar in the world for approximately 16 years.
Thereafter he entered into his eternal pastimes through the lotus feet of
Gopinatha at Remuna. On the first day of the bright fortnight in the month
of Phalguna, Sakabda 1574 (Christian year 1652), Rasikananda quietly
slipped out of the village Santa without anyone's notice and walked to
Remuna. Arriving there, he discussed Krsna-katha with the devotees there
for a while and instructed everyone to serve Sri Krsna with devotion.
Then, after requesting them to begin sankirtana, he entered the temple of
Sri Gopinatha, and after touching Kshira-chora Gopinatha's lotus feet,
which bestow complete fearlessness, he entered into their ultimate
shelter.

Rasikananda prabhu’s samadhi is at the Temple of Kshira-chora Gopinath at
Remuna just in front and to the right as you go in the main gate, with the
temple to the left, and admin’ offices straight ahead.

Sri Rasikananda had three sons: Sri Radhananda, Sri Krsna-Govinda and Sri
Radha-Krsna. The present servants of Sri Sri Radha-Govindadeva at
Gopiballabhapur are their descendents. He composed Sri Shyamananda-sataka,
Srimad Bhagavatastaka as well as other hymns and songs. His Sripat
Gopiballabhpur can be reached from Calcutta by taking a train to
Khavagpur, and a bus to Gopiballabhpur from there. There is also a temple
of Rasikananda at Puri. One year, during Lord Jagannatha's Ratha-yatra
festival, Rasikananda Deva was preaching somewhere in the country, but
when he realised that it was time for Ratha-yatra he dropped everything
and rushed like the wind in order to come to Nilacala in time for the
festival.
But in the meantime the festival had already begun. Lord Jagannath, Who
felt reciprocal separation from His dear devotee Rasikananda, caused the
Rath to stop. Though the king summoned his elephants to push the Ratha,
under no circumstances could they budge it, not even an inch. Then Lord
Jagannatha, seeing that the king was becoming frustrated, informed him
that he was waiting for His devotee Rasika. Finally Rasikananda Deva
arrived, carrying with him many offerings of silk clothes and other
presents. He fell down to offer his dandavats before Lord Jagannatha, and
the king requested him to pull the rope at which the cart began to easily
move along the road, just as the clouds move in the sky. Later the king
requested Rasikananda to accept a gift of land so he might establish a
temple there. Rasikananda requested the place known as Fultota Math, which
is now known as Kunja Math. There he installed the Deity of Sri Bat
Krsna. The Deity is now known as Sri Sri Radha-Rasika Raya.

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