I just saw a thread which was started on facebook, concerning whether Govinden has simply become a cultural carnival, stripped of most if not all religious and spiritual meaning. I couldn’t have phrased it better.
While i am totally for socialising using the mighty cultural tools left to us by our ancestors, it pains my soul and breaks my heart whenever i think of what condition i found my Lord Krishna murthi in that favourite temple of mine when i went back home recently. That same murthi which this saturday shall be adorned with garlands and diyas simply because now is Govinden, by people dressed to the eyeballs in what some seriously consider to be fashionable temple wear – does not seem to hold much interest to most people during any other time of the year. Makes you, or at least me, wonder whether people actually know what in the world they are doing during this whole month of Govinden.
The call of the flute is so much more powerful than that. If you just take the time to listen.
My relatively unattractive and boring blog received quite a few visitors the past few weeks, and slow as I am (anyone who knows me personally can confirm this), it took me quite some time to figure out why. People landed on my blog through search queries like ‘govinden festival in mauritius’, ‘govinden krishna’, or one of the most popular ones, ‘govinden songs’. So I guess I’m not the only one craving for something even remotely related to what is going on home during this month, eh?
It’s already 2008, which makes it the 4th Govinden festival away from home. I wonder how many more there shall be. It’s sad. Because I do not want to write one day ‘I forgot all about Govinden this year. Anyway, this was my 20th Govinden away from home’. That would be so heartbreaking.
Anyway, this post is for those peeps who today are not going to be able to join in the festivities. Whether it’s because they do not care, or they are too lazy to go to the temple on a saturday night, or because they are not home.
Ask anyone to sing a Govinden song, and there is a high chance this is what’s gonna come out:
sung by Renganaigee P.Naidu & Kumari A.Sugandha.