Shri Giriraj Govardhan

Shri Giriraj Govardhan birth

(This is a short description which has been translated from the Hindi version of the Holy Garg Samhita written by Shri Garg Muni)

Sakshat Paripunatam Bhagwan Shree Krishn, who is the King of Golok and of countless universes, decided to Appear on earth for destruction of evil, He said to Radha: “O Beloved you are always in the fear of seperation from me, so You should also come Appear on earth with me”.

Hearing this Shree Radha said: “There is no Vrindavan forest, no Yamuna river and no Govardhan

Parvat on earth, how will my heart find happiness in such a place”.

Upon hearing this, to please Shree Radha, Shree Krishn Himself sent forty seven kos of His own Dham, along with Govardhan parvat and the Yamuna river, to earth. At that time forty seven kos of the divine sacred land of Golok ascended on earth along with the twenty four forests.

Govardhan Giriraj was born West of Bharatvarsh, in the middle of Shalmali-dvip, from the wife of Mount Dron.

Headed by Himalaya and Sumeru, all the mountains came. They worshipped Giriraj Govardhan, did his parikrama, and chanting the stutis, proclaimed him the king of mountains.

Since then the magnificent Shri Govardhan is acknowledged as the Giriraj

Once when the great rishi Pulastyaji, did his rounds for teerth yatras, he saw Govardhan parvat; who looked wonderful and charming with flowering vines, trees laden with fruit, sounds of gushing streams, peacock calls, colourful minerals, nectar trees, birds, trees. There was great peace here. Pulastya loved this and spoke to Dhronachal, expressing a desire to take his son Govardhan with him to Kasi, where he did his tap and puja. He wished to take govardhan and do sthapan of him on a place where there were no other parvats. He would then continue to do his tap and pujan on this parvat. Drona is full of love for his son, but fearing the rishi's curse he agrees.

He tells his son, Shri Govardhan, to go with Pulstya rishi to Bharatvarsh which is the land of divine karmshetra and where people attain the three goals of life, maybe even liberation in a single moment.

But Shri Govardhan says that he is eight yojna long, five yojna wide, two yojna tall; how is the rishi planning to take him there.

Pulastya being powerful, tells Govardhan to sit in his hand and he shall carry him there, and not put him down anywhere on the way.

So Shri Govardhan agrees, but with one promise; that where ever Pulastya rishi puts him down on earth he will permanently stay there and not move ahead.

Pulastya rishi agrees to carry him straight to Kashi without putting him down anywhere. Thus; Dron with tears bids farewell to his son. Shri Govardhan bows before his father and climbs on the rishi's hand.

Govardhan parvat had full recall of his previous lives, so as they reach Vraj Mandal he realizes that this is the place where Shree Krishn will descend with Radharani and all his gwals to show the world His Leela.

Shri Govardhan wishes to be able to see Krishn leela, when Bhagvan Shree RadhaKrishn descends from Golok to Vraj Mandal with all His Golok divinity.

Thinking such Shri Govardhan makes himself very heavy, so that Pulastya muni had to place him on the ground. The great rishi felt exhausted and forgot the promise made earlier. After bathing and cleaning himself, the great rishi asks Shri Govardhan to stand up.

When Shri Govardhan does not listen he speaks sweet words and tries to embrace him, but ultimately understands that Shri Govardhan will not move even an inch.

He demands to know why he has become so heavy. Shri Govardhan says it is not his fault; then reminds Pulastya rishi of the promise made earlier; and that he has been put down so he will not move from here.

But Pulastya rishi could not contain his anger; though it not being Shri Govardhn's fault, he cursed Shri Govardhan that he will reduce the size of a til each day. Since then the parvat shrinks each day; as long as Bhagirathi Ganga and Giriraj Govardhan is present, the power Kaliyug will not take full effect.

Author : Abha Shahra Shyama

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