Bishwa Nath Singh:
Before,we could come to the close of this year,let us share the story related with the birth of Lord Krishna and significance of Rasa Lola in our lives.
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Bishwa Nath Singh :
Lord Krishna belonged to the royal family of Mathura, and was the eighth son born to the princess Devaki, and her husband Vasudeva. Mathura was the capital of the Yadavas, to which Krishna's parents Vasudeva and Devaki belonged to. The kin...g Kamsa, Devaki's cousin , had ascendedTraditional belief based on scriptural details and astrological calculations gives the date of Krishna's birth, known as Janmashtami, as either 18th or 21st July 3228 BCE. In Hindu astrology it appeared on the eighth waning moon night of bhadon (August) in Rohini Nakchatra (asterism) in 3228 BC. Janmashtami is celebrated all over India and across many other countries to mark the birth of Lord Krishna, the eight avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu. the throne by imprisoning his father, King Ugrasena. Afraid of a prophecy that predicted his death at the hands of Devaki's eighth son, he had locked the couple into a prison cell. After killing the first six children, and Devaki's apparent miscarriage of the seventh, being transfered to Rohini as Balarama, Krishna took birth. Since Vasudeva believed Krishna's life was in danger, Krishna was secretly taken out of the prison cell to be raised by his foster parents, Yasoda and Nanda in Gokula. Two of his other siblings also survived, Balarama and Subhadra. When Krishna appeared, a tiny touch of His Divine power shattered the defense system of the jail: locks broke, watchmen went into deep sleep, gates opened and all the restrictions were eliminated. The flooding River Yamuna gave way to Vasudeo so that he could safely transport baby Krishna to his relative Nand Baba’s house which was in Gokul and on the other side of river Yamuna. Thus, Krishna first descended in Mathura and on the same night He came to Gokul. The next day, at the house of Nand Baba and Yashoda all the Brajwasis came together to join the most joyous celebration of Krishna’s birthday. To commemorate the birth anniversary of the Lord, Rasa Lila or the dramatic performances of the life of Krishna are performed by devotees. Colorful Rasleelas (plays) are a major attraction which depict various phases and acts of Lord Krishna's life. The whole of Braj is the leela place of Krishna but more memorable places are Barsana, Vrindaban and Govardhan. Barsana is the place where the sovereign of Gopis’ hearts, and the soul of Krishna, Radha, always lived there. Vrindaban is famous because maharas leela happened over there, and Govardhan is the place where Krishna did most of His playful leelas with His Gwalbal while grazing the cows. The leelas of Krishna are categorized as: (1) Braj leela, (2) nikunj leela, and (3) Dwarika leela. They revealed such loving leelas that fascinated even Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and Goddess Laxmi Rasa Lila took place on a beautiful night, when the ‘Gopis’ (milkmaids) of Vrindavan stealthily left their houses to go to the jungle on hearing the sweet sound of Lord Krishna’s flute. Lord Krishna then danced with gopis throughout the night. Rasa Lila is based on the legendary love story of Radha Krishna. The loving interplay between God and the human soul is interpreted through Lord Krishna and his love play with the Gopis. The blissful love of Radha for Krishna can be seen as the soul’s wish to be one with the Almighty. Though Radha never married Krishna, her love for him was so complete and pure that even today we worship Krishna alongwith Radha. This love story has been called ‘Rasa’ by the great Rishi Vyasa. The secrets of Rasalila can only be understood by devotees like Narada, Radha, the Gopis and Sri Gouranga. According to Puranic sources,. Lord Krishna's disappearance marks the end of Dvapara Yuga and the start of Kali Yuga, which is dated to February 17/18, 3102 BCE.Let us pay our humble obeisance's to the lotus feet of Lord Krisna ,who is our savior and omnipresent!May I wish all of you very happy & glorious New Year!
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