MAHARAAS: SRI SRI GOVINDAJI TEMPLE AND OTHER LOCAL TEMPLES OF MANIPUR
Keywords:Maharaas, Manipur, Temple
The Maharaas Leela is based on the Raas Panchadhyay of Srimad Bhagavata of Maha Kavi Veda Vyas. Sri Sri Raas Panchadhyay is known as the combination of five adhyays viz. 29th, 30th, 31st, 32nd and 33rd adhyays included in the Dasham (10th) Skandha of the great purana of ‘Srimad Bhagavata’. It is an adhyay composed in description of the Raasleela played by the Lord Sri Krishna with those gopis of Vrindavan who practice the worship of goddess Katyayani. The saint Sukadev, son of the sage Veda Vyas narrated to Parikshit Maharaj the contents of Raasleela in the Dasham skandha of Srimad Bhagavata Mahapurana are enumerated as follows:
(A) 29th ADHYAY (Discourse OR PART XXIX)
A description of the celebrated Rasa Play of the Lord
(B) 30th ADHYAY (Discourse OR PART XXX)
The Gopis’ quest for Sri Krsna during the Rasa Play
(c) 31st aDHYAY (Discourse OR PART XXXI)
The Gopis' song at the Lord's disappearance during the Rasa Play
(D) 32nd ADHYAY (DISCOURSE OR PART XXXII)
The Lord comforts the Gopis during the Rasa play
(E) 33rd ADHYAY (DISCOURSE OR PART XXXIII)
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