Govardhan, 2017.10.04 (VT): The Brajwasis witnessed an impressive abhishek ceremony to the massive deity of Shri Sankarshan Bhagwan (a form of Dauji Maharaj) yesterday. The ritual is part of Sankarshan Bhagwan’s pran pratishtha ceremony at Sankarshan Kund in Govardhan, which was recently renovated by The Braj Foundation.
After the Braj Foundation’s CEO Shri Vineet Narain and other dignitaries performed sankalp, Sankarshan Bhagwan’s abhishek was performed to the sacred sounds of Vedic chanting by 31 South Indian priests, and the music of the South Indian instrument nadhaswaram. The priests used a specially-designed 35-foot-high iron ladder to bathe the enormous deity.
Sankarshan Kund is of special importance to the Sri Sampradaya. Many Sri Vaishnava saints of Braj did their spiritual practice here. The four-day pran pratishta ceremony will be finalised by Shri Chinna Jeeyar Swami of the Shri Sampradaya. His Holiness Chinna Jeeyar Swami also inaugurated Sankarshan Kund in October of 2012 along with an entourage of 350 devotees from Hyderabad.
For the last fifty years, the Sankarshan Kund was in a state of complete disrepair and was being used as a garbage dump for the local municipality. The inauguration ceremony marks the end of a long and sustained effort by The Braj Foundation’s team.
The beautiful black deity of Sankarshan Bhagwan was sculpted in Tirupati, in South India, by a team of 22 artisans who worked for over a year to sculpt the deity from a single block of black stone. At 28 feet in height and 25 tons in weight, the deity is said to be the largest in Braj.
This summer the deity of Sankarshan Bhagwan made a highly-publicized eight-day journey by land from Tirupati to Govardhan via Hyderabad, Adilabad, Nagpur, Bhopal, Guna, Shivpuri, Gwalior, Agra and Mathura.