Vrindavan, 2019-11-05 (VT): Gopashtami, which marks the day when Nand Baba and other elderly cowherds gave Shri Krishna and Balarama the responsibility of the village cows, was celebrated with great fervor in Braj yesterday. It was on this day that Krishna was given the name ‘Govinda’ by Mother Surabhi or Kamadhenu (the divine wish-fulfilling cow).
Gau Pujan and Gocharan Lilas were held in many temples and Goshalas in Braj. At Shri Krishna Janmasthan , the day began with a morning bath for the cows after which their horns were decorated with Henna and perfumed oils. Gau Pujan was followed by a grand feast of pulses and jaggery for them. The temple committee also felicitated ‘Gau Sevaks’ with clothes and other gifts.
Shri Krishna Baldev Samiti, Gaughat took out a ‘Gocharan Lila’ procession from Shri Giriraj Mandir. A community ‘Gau Pujan’ was organised at the Shriji Baba Ashram Goshala by Shrimad Bhagvat Katha Ayojan Samiti. During a subsequent discussion on cow protection, the Samiti’s founder Amit Bhardwaj said that real ‘Gau Puja’ is providing protection to the cows and nurturing them.
Celebrations at Govardhan’s famous Sur-Shyam Goshala began with ‘dugdhabhishek’ and recitation of Shri Gopal Sahasranaam by 11 Brahmanas.
For the ‘Gocharan Lila’ enacted in Nandgaon, two young boys were given the forms of Shri Krishna and Balarama. Before going out to graze the cows with their friends, they were welcomed at Nandbhavan with Samaj Gayan and other festivities. Thereafter, the ‘mandali’ (Krishna and His sakhas) went all across the village from Hau-Bilau, Yashoda Kund, and Nand Baithak to Ter Kadamb, Aaseshwar Mahadev and Nand bagicha with their cows.
Similar rituals were observed in Kanha Goshalas (run by the municipal corporation), Shri Krishna Goshala, Thakur Radha Saneh Bihari Mandir, Sudama Kuti, Shripad Goshala, Vaidik Yatra Gurukul, Hasanand and other Goshalas in Vrindavan.