#6 | Holi Celebrations
Following the Master | Holi Vrindavan India 2020
Yesterday was the most awaited final day of Holi celebrations, which is also known as Gaura Purnima, the appearance day of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The auspicious day started with full abishekam to Yamuna and Giridhari, as well as Nitai Gauranga, who were later covered in colours by Guruji and all the devotees. Then everybody went outside to celebrate Holi, accompanied by joyful kirtan. When Gurudev started to dance and throw colours on all the devotees, everybody’s mood was elevated. At the end Guruji also played a few traditional Holi games with people to everybody’s delight. It was very fun to watch a game where a participant's eyes were blindfolded and one needed to find his way to the clay pot and break it with the stick. Of course, Guruji was the only one who found his way to the pot, and he had great fun watching other participants while misleading them.
After the main Holi celebrations, Aaradhakananda gave an inspiring talk about the origin and history of the kirtan movement, as well as the role of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in spreading the tradition of chanting the Name of God. Aaradhakananda also explained about the role of the instruments in kirtan and told which instruments are played by different deities. He also shared a few experiences with Guruji.
After the evening prayers, another beautiful drama was presented to Guruji by the Romanian devotees. With their passionate acting, they enacted the story of how Radha Kund and Shyama Kund, the two holiest places in Vrindavan, came into being. After killing the demon Aristasura, who came to Krishna in the disguise of a bull, the gopis declared that He should not touch them now, since killing a bull is a great sin - and they insisted that unless He took a bath in all the holy rivers, He should not even approach them.
To pacify the gopis, Krishna struck the ground with His heel to create a hole and then invoked all the holy rivers to fill the newly-made pond. Once Lord Krishna took a bath there, He invited all the gopis to join Him and enjoy the cooling waters of Shyama Kund. But the gopis refused, saying that the pond itself was now polluted by Krishna’s “sin” of killing a bull. So, with their arm bracelets and their own efforts, the gopis created their own pond to compete with Krishna’s.
The merciful Lord, seeing the sincere effort of Radha and other gopis, invoked all the sacred rivers to fill Radha’s pond, too. And thus, Radha Kund was created, which became the favourite lake of Lord Krishna. Even today, Radha Kund and Shyama Kund are visited by countless devotees from all over the world, who take their baths there and pray to Sri Radha to fill their hearts with devotion.
The blissful day finished with arati to Yamuna and Giridhari and with Guruji distributing prasad to everybody.
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