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Gopāsṭami  
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Gopāsṭami literally means ‘eighth day connected with Gopa Kṛṣṇa’.
(‘eighth day [connected with] Gopa [Kṛṣṇa]’)
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Great men like Kṛṣṇa have left an indelible impression upon the collective psyche of the Hindus. Even a small incident in his life becomes a great event, fit for celebration. Gopāṣṭamī is one such.
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Great men like Kṛṣṇa have left an indelible impression upon the collective psyche of the people. Even a small incident in his life becomes a great event worthy to celebrate. Gopāṣṭamī is one such festival.
  
Kṛṣṇa as a little boy was given the task of grazing and looking after the calves only. He was too small to take care of the cows and the bulls.
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Kṛṣṇa as a little boy was given the task of grazing and looking after the calves only. He was too small to take care of the cows and the bulls. But when he grew into an adolescent boy, he had to be given the charge of cows and bulls too! The day on which this was done was Kārttika śukla aṣtamī. It was the eighth day of the bright fortnight of the month of Kārttika (November). It was declared as Gopāṣṭamī.  
  
But when he grew older, into boyhood or adolescence, he had to be given the charge of cows and bulls too! The day on which this was done—it being Kārttika śukla aṣtamī, eighth day of the bright fortnight of the month of Kārttika (November)—was declared as Gopāṣṭamī, to be specially celebrated by feeding the cows, worshipping them and then circumambulating them. Being pleased by this, Lord Krṣṇa will fulfil all our desires.
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Gopāṣṭamī is specially celebrated by feeding the cows, worshiping them and then circum-ambulating them. Being pleased by this, Lord Krṣṇa will fulfill all our desires.
  
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
 
* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
  
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[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]

Revision as of 09:25, 7 February 2015

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Gopastami, GopAsTami, Gopaastami


Gopāsṭami literally means ‘eighth day connected with Gopa Kṛṣṇa’.

Great men like Kṛṣṇa have left an indelible impression upon the collective psyche of the people. Even a small incident in his life becomes a great event worthy to celebrate. Gopāṣṭamī is one such festival.

Kṛṣṇa as a little boy was given the task of grazing and looking after the calves only. He was too small to take care of the cows and the bulls. But when he grew into an adolescent boy, he had to be given the charge of cows and bulls too! The day on which this was done was Kārttika śukla aṣtamī. It was the eighth day of the bright fortnight of the month of Kārttika (November). It was declared as Gopāṣṭamī.

Gopāṣṭamī is specially celebrated by feeding the cows, worshiping them and then circum-ambulating them. Being pleased by this, Lord Krṣṇa will fulfill all our desires.

References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore