A Gopi’s Love for Shri Krishna

Sharad Poornima is celebrated on the full moon night of the Hindu lunar month of Ashwin. It was on this day that the Gopis of Vrindavan earned the grace of Lord Krishna by overlooking society’s disdain on them and offered their unalloyed devotion to Him.  The Srimad Bhagavatham describes the love of Gopi’s towards Shri Krishna.

It was the evening of Sharad Poornima in the land of Vrindavan. As the horizon prepared for the rise of the full moon, the pleasant evening breeze and the gentle sounds of water from river Yamuna spread a blanket of serenity over the serene village. But the restlessness in the minds of the Gopis was not to be calmed that evening! It had been almost a year since the Gopis completed their Kathyayini Vrat, a form of worship to mother Parvati, to attain Her grace in order to get Lord Krishna as their soul beloved. Krishna’s promise to the Gopis that He would make them His own was also almost a year old as well!

“Has Krishna really forgotten His promise?” This question had constantly distressed one young Gopi all day. That could very well be, as He was really the chieftain of all pranksters in the village! Story after story of how He troubled the villagers floated around everywhere! His pranks had become the talk of the town! In spite of knowing all this, her heart couldn’t come to believe that Krishna could ever forget His promise! After all, He was known to everyone as Achyuta, the trustworthy one! There were countless incidents when He had indeed come to their rescue!


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