This is the most awaited festival for all the devotees of Sri Giridhari. Govardhana Puja is celebrated in the month of Karthika (October – November) to commemorate the pastime of Lord Sri Krishna lifting the Govardhana Hill to protect the residents of Vrindavana from the wrath of Indra. Giridhari means the one who lifted Govardhana Hill and the festival is very very dear to all the devotees who have taken the shelter of Sri Giridhari.
In Srimad Bhagavatam the description of Govardhana Hill is given as follows:
Of all the devotees, this Govardhana Hill is the best! O my friends, this hill supplies Krishna and Balarama, along with Their calves, cows and cowherd friends, with all kinds of necessities: water for drinking, very soft grass, caves, fruits, flowers and vegetables. In this way the hill offers respects to the Lord. Being touched by the lotus feet of Krishna and Balarama, Govardhana Hill appears very jubilant. [SrimadBhagavatam 10.21.18]
To reciprocate with His devotees, Krsna protects them in the most astonishing ways, such as lifting a huge mountain. Although apparently a helpless boy, Krishna is actually the only shelter for everyone. Devotees at Sri Narasimha Giridhari Mandir are always excited to offer different services to their only beloved Giridhari. A huge replica of Govardhana mountain is prepared out of sweets/rice/cakes. Different delightful delicacies are offered to Sri Giriraj. As the aarti was offered to Their Lordships, the devotee’s soar in resonant tones chanting Hare Krishna maha mantra accompanied with various musical instruments. Higher and higher the kirtan rose announcing the all-protecting nature of the Lotus Feet of Lord Sri Krishna, the factual Refuge for all in this miserable world.
Devotees also worship the cows on the day of Govardhana Puja. Krishna is known as Gopala – the protector of cows. The cows in Giridhari’s goshala are decorated and fed well. And a special aarati is performed accompanying with a special song “Yashomati Nandana”.
Devotees display colorful fireworks for the pleasure of Their Lordships offering their gratitude to engage them in Their service. A grand feast is served at the end of the festival to all the visitors and the devotees