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Chhappan Bhog – 56 Sacred Food Items Offered to Sri Krishna at Vrindavan and Mathura

Chhappan Bhog is observed during the Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapad Month at Vrindavan and Mathura. In remembrance of the divine incident of Krishna lifting the Govardhan mountain, 56 different types of dishes are offered to Sri Krishna on the day. In 2018, Chhappan Bhog important date is September 25 - Bhadrapad Purnima.

Legend has it that Sri Krishna held aloft the Govardhan mountain (in Mathura) for seven days on his little finger, and saved the people from the wrath of Indra. Humbled, Indra became a follower of Krishna. The moment Krishna lifted the mountain, Surabhi, a heavenly cow, fed Krishna with her milk.

To show their devotion, Gopis prepared 56 dishes and offered to Sri Krishna.

56 dishes are initially offered to Sri Krishna and then distributed among all the devotees in temples in the Braj region.

Baidyanath Temple To Have Separate Shivling During Next Shravani Mela

Shravani Mela at the Baidyanath Temple will be different from next year as the temple authority (Baidyanathdham Temple Management Board) is planning to install a new Shivling, which will be connected to the original Jyotirlinga. Water offered at this new Shivlinga will go directly to the original one. This is to avoid heavy rush inside the Sanctum Sanctorum during the Shravani Mela.
Times of India reports "Henceforth, devotees will not be needed to go inside the sanctum sanctorum to offer water," said the BDTMB chief executive officer and deputy commissioner of Deoghar district, Rahul Purwar.  The decision to have a second Shiva Linga was taken to cope with the rush at the shrine . The final decision will be taken after consulting the Panda Dharma Rakchhini Sabha (PDRS), the chief body of pandas at the temple. Many devotees fail to go inside the sanctum sanctorum because of the rush and are forced to make their offerings outside the temple.

Swami Bhaskarananda Thoughts on Mind

The mind, like water, has natural tendency to flow downward. It has an inherent inclination to do what is harmful by indulging in sensual, destructive and negative thoughts. We must constantly watch our minds and not allow them to go downward.
The mind naturally resents being controlled or restrained.
The mind inherently gets bored doing the same thing over and over again. It constantly craves newer and more sensational experiences.
Old bad habits of the mind die hard. It takes a lot of will power and sustained effort to get rid of them.
Source – Meditation Mind and Patanjali’s Yoga by Swami Bhaskarananda