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Today 3rd march 2013 all the devotees gathered beside Pavana Sarovar and after a nice hot breakfast of kichadi and banana, we began the preparations for the famous Kalash Yatra. All the ladies picked a nice clay pot and put some water inside from Pavana Sarovar, then a small clay cover over the mouth of the pot, bright yellow cloth with silver trim, and finally a coconut.
The Brijabasi ladies trained up our foreign ladies. As soon as started up the kirtan by HG Deena Bandhu Prabhu, the Brijabasinis showed off how they could dance balancing the pot on their heads with no hands. We circumambulated the village of Nandagram where Krishna and Balaram lived 5000 years ago with Nanda and Yashoda. All the Nandagram vasis were astonished to see videshi (foreign) ladies carrying water pots. Finally we climbed up to Nanda Maharaja’s Temple on top of the hill, where we rested and had an enthusiastic kirtan.
It was a bright sunny day, but not too hot, and a cool spring breeze to refreshen everyone. Arriving at Vrinda Kunda, the ladies placed their pots all around the temple. We reached just in time for aratika where all the devotees were amazed by the beautiful darshan of Vrinda Devi in her flower bedecked temple rising out of the kunda.
After aratika everyone tried their hand at churning yogurt into butter and Vrajavasi Matajis trained everyonewe how to churned. While our devotees sat and listened to the katha - by HG Deena bandhu Prabhu of Nandagram and Vrinda Kunda. Then served prasad to all the Brijabasis.
Then Finally everyone sat down on the lawn in the shade of the trees and took prasada, just like Krishna and the Nandagram where Krishna and Balaram lived 5000 years ago with Nanda and Yashoda.
Vrinda Kunda, Vrindavana