Gopastami in Mayapur- Lotus Feet Darshan of Srimati Radharani
By Shyamagopika dd on Mon, 2010-11-15 17:28.
"Oh, Supreme Goddess of the Vrndavana forest. Your lotus feet are brimming full of flowing rasa extract, the essential honey of full-blown love nectars. Holding such feet to His chest, Madhupati (Krsna), the Lord of all sweetness, extinguishes the burning fever of Cupid. So supremely cooling, I now take shelter of them. That which is present deep within the heart of all the Upanisads in the most well hidden secret; this pair of Sri Radha’s divine lotus feet is my refuge - simply full of Her own feminine dancing playfulness."
On the auspicious day of Gopastami, we were blessed with the lotus feet darshan of Srimati Radharani and Astasakhis in Mayapur. The Darshan was late at 8 a.m. as extensive altar decorations has to be made. HH Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami gave a class on the pastime of Gopastami before the Darshan Artik. Altar was decorated like the forest groves of Vrindavan with cows, butter pots and gopis herding the calves.
Devotees were lining up again and again to have closer darshan of the merciful lotus feet of Srimati Radharani- ‘the abode of compassion’.
Our cows and bulls from Goshala were led on a Sankirtan procession around the campus to Goshala. Everyone got the opportunity to serve the cows on this auspicious day by bathing , feeding and circumambulating her. A go yajna and go puja was performed and everyone honored kitchuri and halwa prasadam.