In this part of the world, Krishna lifting Govardhana Hill is commemorated in a very traditional way - exactly as the lila goes. The devotees arrange for a big mountain of rice - the annakuta, which Krishna had requested as an offering to worship Govardhana Hill instead of Lord Indra. And then He appeared in an unprecedented and gigantic form on top of this hill of rice in order to accept the offerings. And little Krishna exclaimed: "Just see! Your Indra never comes to accept the offering, but Govardhana Hill appears to accept whatever you have offered to Him!" And Krishna pays obeisances to His own gigantic form. This is remembered by creating a big face of Krishna on top of the annakuta, made from all kinds of eatables. And there were around eight hundred clay pots with a variety of preparations offered to Govardhana Hill, to sumptuously feed the brahmanas and all devotees. It is a very joyful event, and several thousand devotees and guests are coming throughout the day to take prasadam.
In SB.10.25.33 it is explained in this connection: "It is natural that a young man wants to do something wonderful in the presence of a beautiful young girl. The gopis were the most beautiful and pure-hearted young girls, and Sri Krishna performed the most wonderful activities in their presence. Thus He entered deep within their tender hearts, enlivening their eternal devotion to Him."
By hearing again and again Krishna's pastimes and sweet loving exchanges our eternal devotion for Him will also be aroused.
At the end of my last speech I introduced some of Srila Prabhupada's main books, inviting the audience to come to a book table where I would sign them with good wishes. And I was sitting there until late evening distributing lots of books - my most joyful moments while perceiving Srila Prabhupada's satisfaction. It had been a very blissful day, being intensely absorbed in remembering Srila Prabhupada.
To Prabhupada's greatest pleasure HH Lokanath Maharaja had started the Padayatra around India. And now, in his weak and most fragile condition, Srila Prabhupada expressed the desire to go on a parikrama to Govardhana Hill in a bullock cart. A loving sweet controversy ensued: What was the right thing to do? To execute Srila Prabhupada desire, or to appeal to him to give up the idea? The doctors said that he would never survive such a rough journey in a bullock cart, on the bumpy roads to Govardhana Hill. His body had become so fragile, thin and weak. The plan for such excursion almost appeared like utter madness! However, some devotees felt that the order and desire of the spiritual master has to be executed, and thus all preparations for the parikrama were made. Finally, Bhavananda and Tamal Krishna Maharaja were up all night in utter mental turmoil, and under tears they were pleeding with Srila Prabhupada not to embark on this crazy journey. And Srila Prabhupada immediately dropped the idea, saying: "Oh, you are so worried about me? OK, I don't want to worry you - I will not go then." And to his godbrothers he commented: "Just see how they love me....."
The devotees had scheduled further preaching engagements for me: a student program, and a two-day seminar in our new temple in Uttara, a suburb in New Dhaka. We churned the topic of death, ending with the foremost way to prepare for it: the chanting of the holy name. Death seems to be the only entity which can truly shake us up and make us helplessly turn towards Krishna.....! And after all programs I distributed lots of Prabhupada's books.....!
On the 14th of November I flew off to Sylhet.....
Your servant, Devaki dd