Damodara Deepotsava at ISKCON Jayanagar
BY: STAFF CORRESPONDENT
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust.
Oct 16, MYSORE (STAR OF MYSORE) ISKCON Sri Krishna Balarama temple at Jayanagar here is observing Damodara Deepotsava, a month-long festival of lights, from Oct 17 to Nov. 16. The Damodara Deepostava will be held everyday between 7.30 pm and 8.30 pm, according to Madhavananda Dasa of ISKCON, Mysore.
This festival is celebrated in commemoration of an enchanting childhood pastime of Lord Krishna in Gokula. The Srimad Bhagavatam describes that once naughty little Krishna stole butter and also broke the pots containing butter and yoghurt. Mother Yashoda then decide to bind Krishna to a wooden grinding mortar to restrain his naughty activities. She took some ropes and tried to bind the unlimited supreme Lord unaware of his exalted position. But the rope was short by a measurement of two fingers.
Yashoda gathered all the ropes from the household and joined them to bind Krishna. In spite of exhausting all the rope, it was still short by two fingers. Observing the exhaustion of mother Yashoda, Krishna finally agreed to be bound although the supreme Lord is by nature boundless and infinite. This pastime made Krishna famous by the name Damodara.
Dama means rope and udara means belly. Hence, Damodara is the special form of Krishna as a baby tied with rope around his belly to a wooden grinding mortar.
The acharyas explain that actually the supreme Lord Krishna can never be bound by anyone. Yet out of his boundless love and compassion for his devotees like mother Yashoda, he agrees to become subservient to them. Hence, mother Yashoda did not bind Krishna with an ordinary rope but with her pure love and devotion.
Devotees celebrate this sweet pastime throughout the month of kartika by offering special prayers and lamps to Lord Damodara.