An aiwarrior of IAF writes on Counter intelligence,Education,Marriages,Parenthood, Language Teaching,Soft Skills Training,Movies,Travel and Defense Studies.
Columist in Meghalaya Gaurdian- an Indian daily, contributor in Fauji India monthly magazine
Saturday, 24 August 2019
Go... Go... Go...Govinda !
Mach gaya Shor sari nagari re,sari nagari re Aaya Biraj ka banka sambhalteri gagari re!
Go..Go.. Go.... Govinda Govinda Aaala Re Aala Zara Matki Sambhal Brijbala!
Many more such songs from Bollywood are based on the famous folklores revolving around the Hindu God Krishna. The blue-bodied boy with a flute and a peacock feather as his trademark,the creator of Bhagvad Geeta, the saviour of Mathura and creator of Dwarka,one of the Dashavatars of Vishnu,another Hindu deity, Krishna is one of the most explored,worshiped and loved God from Hindu Mythology.His valour, diplomacy as well as well as his negotiation skills have
been the topics for much discussion amongst his followers. They dance to the tunes of Go..Go…Go.... Govinda
And not to forget
the main reason for his popularity many feel is his love life: his interest in
women folk all around the Indian subcontinent. He was loved by one and all even
prior to he actually got married to his wives. One visit to the cities of
Mathura and Vrindavan make you aware of not only Indian sect following him but
global groups following him and his teachings. For the Brijbasis (residents of
Brijbhumi, Mathura-Vrindavan) Krishna is not just a God to be worshiped in
isolation, but also a style of living which has to be followed still. Their
days start and end with chants like
Hare Rama, Hare Krishna and
Readers must be
wondering why I am talking so much about this one Hindu God today! It’s not
only because the Janmashtami (Krishna’s Birthday celebrations) was close by.
And the words Go..Go…Go.... Govinda were echoed all over the country. Krishna
is one of those Gods whose childhood is more interesting and full of stories of
valour than his adulthood. In case of any popular Greek Mythical characters,
the childhood of the protagonist has been full of depravities. Yet S/he
overcome these hardships to perform that one big heroic deed which makes them look
like a Hero and then s/he lives happily ever after or dies a heroic death.
In case of Krishna
we find his hardships begin even before his birth as his maternal Uncle Kans
imprisons his parents because one of her children would kill him eventually.
His father still manages to save the child and smuggle him out of the prison
and bring him to his friend Nand at Mathura. Here he spends most of his
childhood as a goatherd with his foster parents, siblings and friends.
It is here that
most of his acts of innocence, adventure and valour take place. It is here that
he tries to save his friends from the clutches of various kinds of deadly
animals, demons, demigods and other natural threats. There are stories wherein
he manages to kill a sorceress who tries to breast feed poison to him, kills
the huge serpent who tries to pollute the main water source of the village
while people keep on chanting his praises as they say Go..Go…Go.... Govinda.
In short, he starts with heroic deeds from the
time he is an infant! Is that actually possible? There are many parallels of
such acts in Greek and Roman Mythology, for instance characters like Achilles,
Hercules! So what makes Krishna so special? It is that even after such acts of
valour, it is the normal deeds of a goatherd that keep him grounded and
associated with common folk like us. All his stories in the background
highlight the fact that he enjoys his childhood activities such as playing with
the cattle, his pranks with the Gopis (female milkmaids) and his eternal love
for dairy products such as Buttermilk, cheese and so on.
Every time his adventures
start with some routine activity that he is performing as a kid: maybe
loitering in the house as a toddler, playing under the trees in the courtyard,
swimming in the lake with friends or maybe going to the hills to feed the
cattle and singing loudly Go..Go…Go.... Govinda. That is when he encounters his
adversaries shows some presence of mind and common sense which becomes famous
as an act of heroism! And the best part is all this happens while his parents
are in the prison in his own uncle’s kingdom! There is no feeling of angst,
jealousy or anger in any of his foster parents even when they tell him that he
is not their biological son and has to go and free his biological parents from
With this kind of a
broken family he goes on to rescue his parents, win kingdoms and hearts of his
followers and preach the philosophy of life through Geeta. I believe that is
what the magic of childhood is. If we give the same kind of love, affection and
trust to our children today there will be less of broken houses and hearts in
today’s world too. So this Janmashtami, go on and show your love for your child
while you celebrate the birth of Go..Go…Go.... Govinda!