Mathura 2016.07.05 (VT): Devotees thronged to Vishram Ghat at Mathura to take a dip in the holy river, on the occasion of Somvati Amavasya yesterday. They also worshiped Yamuna from milk and water. The Dwarkadhish temple also had a large number of devotees seeking darshan of the Lord on the occasion.
Somavati Amavasya is that day when the dark moon day is on a Monday. This happened on July 4 this year.
Pandit Kameshvar Nath Chaturvedi said that Sun and Moon fall in the same house or zodiac sign on this day which makes it auspicious for the devotees. Elsewhere, people celebrate of the banks of the holy river Ganga on this day, while Brajwasis celebrate it on the banks of Yamuna, especially near Vishram Ghat in Mathura. People also take the opportunity to visit the nearby temple of Dwarakadhish, whose royal dress and accordingly decoration impressed everyone who took his darshan.
Thakur Bankey Bihari Ji temple in Vrindavan was also visited by large numbers of devotees seeking the Lord’s darshan. The temple was decorated with phool bungalow in the evening, and scented oils sprayed on the devotees to make the environment more beautiful and spiritual.
The Radha Vallabh temple, Seva Kunj, Radha Damodar temple, Nidhivan, Radha Gokulanand temple, Radha Raman temple, Prem Mandir also observed the festival.
Lots of devotees were seen doing Vrindavan “panch-kosi” parikrama on the day after taking their holy dip in Yamuna. Many devotees also arranged for drinking water and food for devotees doing the parikrama.