Children perform at the Govardhana Puji Festival.
Children perform at the Govardhana Puji Festival. Scott Powick

Krishnas celebrate

A MOUNTAIN of sweets is the stuff dreams are made of.

But the concept became a reality on Saturday when the New Govardhana Krishna community celebrated the Govardhana Puji Festival.

The celebration commemorates the moving of a hill by Lord Krishna some 5000 years ago.

A re-enactment sees a giant hill of sweets constructed at the community's property on Tyalgum Rd, Eungella.

"The kids love this festival," said the community's Krishna Kirtana.

"They can't wait for the part where they get to devour the goodies."

The celebration involves feeding of the sacred cows.

A huge vegetarian feast and continuous chanting are integral parts of the day's events.

Community co-ordinator Gauri-Sakti said the Govardhana Puji celebration reflected the teachings of Mahatma Ghandi.

"He said the world has enough for everyone's needs," Gauri-sakti said.

"But not enough for everyone's greed."

The Mayapuris performed in the evening.

The international dancing group is trained in kirtan, a musical art form that has existed for thousands of years.

They aim to make the sound of their thunderous mridanga drums "shake the globe".

The group is named after the holy village of Mayapur, where the kirtan movement started.

"Rhythm is a universal language," drummer Bali said.

"It transcends all external barriers.

"Everything including race, religion, tongue, creed and culture is included with the heartbeat of the universe."



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