- Thursday, 13 September 2007
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In the Lap of Govardhana
September 12-13, 2007
After celebrating Janmastami (the appearance day of Sri Krsna), Nandotsava (the birthday celebration of Krsna in Vrndavana), and the appearance day of Srila Prabhupada Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja, Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja went to his Giridhari Gaudiya Matha in Govardhana, where he stayed until Radhastami (the birthday of Srimati Radhika). There, the traditional one-week explanation of Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavat-saptaha) took place from September 7-14.
Bhajanas began at 3:30 pm., after which Sripad Tirtha Maharaja began speaking about the pastimes narrated in Srimad-Bhagavatam. Srila Narayana Maharaja did his japa-walk in the garden from about 5:30 until 6:00pm and then entered the temple at 6:00pm. Sripad Tirtha Maharaja continued to speak about the Bhagavatam, and Sripad Rasananda dasa brahmacari also spoke, and then Srila Narayana Maharaja spoke for about 15 minutes before evening arati began.
On the morning of September 12th, along with about 40 devotees, Srila Narayana Maharaja went to bathe the large Deity of Sri Giriraja at Mukharavinda (Giriraja Govardhana’s lotus face) at Manasi Ganga. He did this in order to receive special blessings for a successful Bhagavat-saptaha.
On the morning of September 13th, 15 learned and well-known scholars from Mathura, Vrndavana, Gokula, and Govardhana came to Sri Giridhari Gaudiya Matha for a conference to extol the glories of Srimad-Bhagavatam. The topic of the conference was: “What is the most important subject matter and final goal of Srimad-Bhagavatam.”