The Story about Govardhan Hill

There is an interesting story of Bhagwata and other Purans about shri Krishna lifting the ‘Govardhan hill’ when he was only a small child. Lord Krishna is also known as Govardhan dhari.

Once, the elder people of Braj including nanda Maharaj were planning for the puja of lord Indra, shri Krishna, in childhood, questioned them as to why they were doing so. Nanda Maharaj explained to Krishna that this was done every year to please Indra so that he continued to grace the people of braj by providing rain as and when required. But little Krishna debated that they were farmers and they should only do their duty or ‘karma’ to best of their abilities, by concentrating on framing and protecting their cattle, rather than performing pujas or conduct sacrifices like this. Finally convinced by Krishna, the villagers did not perform with the puja.

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Furious with the inhabitants of braj for listening to the shri Krishna and worshipping the Govardhan hill instead of him, Indra, the king of heaven, decided to punish them by sending terrible rains clouds to flood the land of Vrindavan. Calling the samavartaka clouds of devastation, Indra ordered them to lash upon Vrindavan with the torrents of rain and thunderstorms and floods that would destroy the livelihood of the inhabitants.

As terrible rains and thunderstorms ravaged the land and submerged it under water, braj vaasi approached lord Krishna for help and understood the situation perfectly well, lifted up the entire hill like an umbrella at once with his left hand. One by one all the habitants of Vrindavan, along with their cows, took shelter under it, safe from the terrible rains and surprisingly undisturbed by hunger or thirst and also go-vardhan hill resting perfectly balanced on Krishna’s little finger.

Stunned and mystified with the order of events, king Indra called back the clouds of devastation and stopping the thunderstorms and the rains and after that the sky became clear again and the sun shone brightly and then Little Krishna asked the inhabitants to return home without any fear, and placed the parvat back to their exact place. All the inhabitants of braj including nanda Maharaj, Yashoda and Balarama embraced him with happiness.

This was how the false pride of king Indra was shattered to pieces. He came to lord Krishna and prayed to him for forgiveness. Shri Krishna, being the supreme personality bestowed his grace on Indra and also enlightened him about his ‘dharma’ and duties.

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