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Hanuman blessing Govardhana

Hanuman blessing Govardhana

According to the Ādi-varāha Purāṇa, during the advent of Śrī Rāmacandra, monkeys and bears all brought large rocks and stones from many places to construct a bridge across the ocean. Hanumān also received the order from Śrī Rāmacandra to help build the bridge. Hanumān uprooted Govardhana from Uttarāṣcala, but while carrying him to the ocean he heard a divine sound that announced, “The ocean bridge is now complete. No more rocks are required.”

Hearing this, Hanumān became some sad and put down Śrī Girirāja here, where he stands today. Girirāja also became unhappy and said to Hanumān, “You have deprived me of the touch of Śrī Rāma’s lotus feet. I will curse you.”

“Please forgive me,” Hanumān replied. “In the next Dvāparayuga, your desire will be fulfilled. At that time, the Supreme Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa will stop the worship of Indra and worship you instead. Angered, Indra will try to destroy Vraja by unleashing his thunderbolt and by sending torrential rains. At this time, Śrī Kṛṣṇa will hold you on His hand to protect Vraja. In this way He will fulfil your desire.” Upon saying this, Hanumān leapt into the air and arrived at Śrī Rāmacandra’s side by the aerial pathways.

After narrating the whole incident to Him, Śrī Rāmacandra said, “All the rocks that have been assembled to build the bridge have been delivered by the touch of My feet. But I shall fulfil the desires of Govardhana by holding him on My hand and touching him with My whole body. At the close of Dvāpara-yuga, I shall take birth in the dynasty of the Yadus and make Govardhana famous as the best servant of Hari by herding the cows with My sakhās on his slopes and by enjoying with My beloved gopīs in his kuṣjas.” (Sri Vraja-Mandala-Parikrama, The Appearance of Sri Govardhana in Vraja.)

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