Day 2/12 | Vrindavan Parikrama
Following the Master | Holi Pilgrimage Vrindavan 2019
17 March 2019
The second day of this pilgrimage began with morning prayers as usual, but this time Giridhari didn’t join us, as Guruji had said He would perform His abhishekam at Radha Kund later in the day’s program.
After some more organisational meetings, the first of five lectures by Swami Revatikaanta began. Today’s lecture was an introduction into the concept of these five classes; he explained that the main focus would be leelas from the Srimad Bhagavatam. He also explained how important stories are to our lives and how we often commit the mistake of taking in the various leelas of the Bhagavatam, and in parallel, of Vrindavan, only superficially. We often note only the facts and figures of the stories, but rarely the true depth of meaning that can be drawn from them. Swami Revatikaanta then started to unfold the story of the Raas leela for everyone, showcasing the examples of wisdom that can be drawn from every detail of the story.
After the satsang, it was time for a quick lunch before our afternoon program began. The 500 pilgrims all got on buses and cars and eagerly headed to Radha Kund, but that eagerness would soon turn to disappointment as it turned out that Radha Kund was so full that the buses couldn’t even get anywhere near it! We hadn’t taken into consideration the fact that it was a Saturday on Holi weekend, and so we were all forced to turn around and think of a new plan for the day, postponing our visits to Radha Kund and Govardhan for another day.
On the way home, Guruji decided that we would all go on a parikrama of Vrindavan instead! The musicians gathered their instruments and off we went. It was truly a sight to behold: 500 people marching in what seemed like an endless procession through the streets of Vraj. The group sang and sang and sang the whole length of the parikrama, which took almost 3 hours to complete. Many of the devotees were visibly tired, but they were all smiling nonetheless.
Upon arriving back at Giridhar Dham, evening prayers were ongoing, so Guruji remembered that we had yet to give Giridhari His abhishekam! So all the devotees gathered in the big tent and Guruji proceeded with the abhishek, not only to Giridhari, but also to Abirami’s Simhachalam Narasimha. All the pilgrims were allowed to offer water and flowers to the deities while the musicians found the energy to keep on rocking, even after the parikrama. At the end, we sang the Giridhari Ashtakam, composed by Dr. Satya Narayan Das, and finished the evening prayers with arati around 11pm. Abirami then shared the story to a captivated audience of how Simhachalam Narasimha was manifested by Guruji, and finally, everyone headed out of the tent for a late dinner and a good night’s sleep.
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