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Shree Krishna Janmashtami/Gaura Parva/Gorakhkali Puja

Shree Krishna Janmashtami Special Audio

"I am the conscience in the heart of all creatures
I am their beginning, their being, their end
I am the mind of the senses,
I am the radiant sun among lights
I am the song in sacred lore,
I am the king of deities
I am the priest of great seers…"

This is how Lord Krishna narrates the godly features and described god in Geeta, he is the god himself, the Supreme Being, or even addressed as Purna Purushottam Today is Krishna Janmashtami, my hundred thousand salutations to Lord Krishna, I won't dare to describe Krishna today but allow me to explain the importance of being Krishna, in today's context.

Krishna has been an enigma to some, but God to millions, people go ecstatic just by hearing his name, Krishna is probably the most used and addressed name in eastern philosophy. People perceive Krishna as their best friend, hero, leader, protector, guide, driver, and a major catalyst of their life, Krishna Tatwo resides strongly inside every heart and the warmth of our being, the warmth of our heart which manifests love and compassion comes from the Krishna Tatwa.

Krishna inspires in myriad ways, beyond religion and culture, Krishna Tatwa is the major influencer in literature and mysticism, sculpture, dance, music all aspect of Nepali folklore. The period between 3200 to 3100 BC is considered as Krishna's physical presence on this planet, a lot of things happened during this time which still has a significant impact on society. The eighth day of Krishna Paksha or the dark fortnight of Shrawan Month is the birthday of Krishna. The night of this day is the most enigmatic, ecstatic, and attractive night of the day, Krishna Janmasthami is celebrated across the globe with a huge commemoration and excitement.

The birth of Krishna is a transcendental phenomenon that generates persistent and sustainable awe among Sanatana followers and overwhelms one and all with its supra mundane happenings. Today I won't talk more on the aspect and importance of Lord Krishna, these default facts are largely available over the internet. Today, I shall write about the unfair aspect of Krishna's life and his acceptance of those odds of his own life. Krishna was a creator yet the life he undertook in this world was a miserable and struggling nature of living. Let me present the conversation between Krishna and Karna here.

Life is not the same for anyone, let's listen today to Krishna's practical answers to Karna's question.

Karna asks Krishna, "O Krishna, is it my fault for being born as an illegitimate child?" My mother abandoned me at birth. Why is this Krishna? I could not learn from Guru Dronacharya because I was not a Kshatriya. Realizing this, Parashuram taught me to be a non-Kshatriya, but when he found out that I was Kunti's son, he cursed me forgetting everything I had learned. After all, why this injustice, Krishna?

My arrow hit a cow unintentionally and accidentally. The owner of that cow did not understand me and cursed me without understanding the meaning of my arrow. Even in Draupadi's Swambar, I became involved unintentionally. Mother Kunti also begged me to save her other sons but she didn't acknowledge my life as her son, my biological mother ignored the value of my life largely. I got all the respect and self-esteem I got only when I was on Duryodhana's side. Am I wrong now? Krishna, please answer me, will you?

Krishna gracefully answers,

Gaura Parwa has its roots deeply associated with the origin of the Nepali language and Khas kingdom. The search for the roots of Nepal's language and culture is of great importance in the Far Western landscape and its ancient background. In the far west, which is the origin of the Khas kingdom and the roots of language, culture, and civilization, the Gaura festival is celebrated by organizing various religious activities from the 6th to the 8th of Bhadra Shukla Paksha. Especially in Doti and Kumaon, Gauraparva has been celebrated since time immemorial.

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Ancient significance of Gaura Parwa
After Sahastrarjuna, one of the ancient Haihyavanshi kings, killed a Brahmin while demanding his money back from the Bhriguvanshi Brahmins, the widowed Brahmins went on a fast to protect their chastity. As a result of worship, a Brahmin got a glorious son and the king named Sahastrarjuna, who was blinded by the glory of that son, had to apologize, so Gauri, i.e. Parvati, is considered to be the almighty, and Gaura festival is celebrated in her memory.

On the first day of Gaura Parva, the women of the Gaura Parva community go on a fast and soak 'Biruda' i.e. five kinds of nuts in a copper or brass vessel in their house and accept it as an offering. On the second day after soaking the biruda, they wash the 'biruda' at the community water source (pandhera) at an auspicious time and make an idol of Gaura and enter the house. After Gaura enters the Gauraghar, Shiva and Gauri (Gaura) are worshiped by devout women.

After entering Gaura, men and women enjoy playing deuda, chait, dhamari, etc. in separate local folk languages. Through such songs with special and utmost Nepaliness, they share each other's sorrows and joys as well as love. This festival is celebrated as one of the biggest festivals in the far western region. It is customary for the head of state to wish the countrymen on the occasion of the Gaura festival.z

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