Thursday, July 3, 2014

Why does Krishna wear a Peacock feather?

Why does Krishna wear a Peacock feather?

The following story will tell how Sri Krishna came to wear peacock feathers: 

When one day Krishna woke first from a rest in the forest with his cowherd friends, he decided to wake everyone and call the cows grazing at a distance by playing his flute. 

When Krishna blew the nectar of his lips into the flute, a melodious raga with a slow rhythm and a deep base emerged from its end. This wonderful vibration enchanted the peacocks in and around the Govardhan hills. Their hearts began to sing in happiness and fill the skies with their own song. The resonant vibrations from the flute encouraged the peacocks to dance. 

Krishna, who is the source of all dramatic arts, was pleased with their dance and encouraged them by his kind glances and sweet smiling. They cried with joy and it sounded all over the hills. In time, their sounds became indistinguishable from the echoes. They became excited and jumped up and down, flapping their wings. As the peacocks danced, the kings of peacocks made his way to the lotus feet of Sri Krishna, touches His holy feet and makes a sound which Sri Krishna understands as a thanking note and requesting Him to dance with them. Sri Krishna accepts to dance and moves amidst them, dancing like the peacocks increasing the tempo and playing to the rhythm of His steps. The bliss of the peacocks increased multifold when Sri Krishna danced with them. It was so overwhelming, that some peacocks fainted. All the animals and cowherds of the Govardhan hills stood transfixed, unable to move their eyes away from the dance of Sri Krishna. The flute in Sri Krishna's hand, seeing the uncommon performance of its master began to sing on its own. The spectacle was extremely splendid when seen from the top of the Govardhan hills, the heaven and even the netherland. They danced for a long time and slowly the tired peacocks stopped dancing. 

Then Krishna danced to the rhythm of His own steps. After many days, when he stopped dancing, there was an enchanting silence. 

The king of the peacocks approached SriKrishna with great humility, bowed down his head and said, "You have created a festival of bliss for which we remain eternally indebted to You. It is our duty to offer you 'Gurudakshina'. I request You to accept our only opulence, our plumage. Wear them on your crown as a decoration." With large tears of ecstasy, the king of peacocks dropped many divine feathers. Sri Krishna lovingly accepted the offering of the peacocks and picked up the feathers and to everybody's joy, placed a few of them on his turban. Thus he came to wear the peacock feathers.

1) The peacock feather contains all the seven colours in it. The entire universe is covered by akasha(ether) which appears blue in day times and black in night. So Lord Krishna is identified by both the colours 'Blue' & 'Black'. Krishna paksha in Indian calender means the days that follow after Full-moon day till the New-moon day i.e, the darker phase of 14 days of the moon. 

Further, he wears the peacock feather which signifies that the entire range of colours (we mortal beings) is in him. In virtue He is colourless but in the day he appears blue, black in the night to our vision and in between make us discuss all this multi-coloured multi-perceptional views. 

Sri Brahma Samhita, Verse 30: 

"venum kvanantam aravinda-dalayataksam
BARHAVATAMSAM asitambuda-sundarashgam
govindam adi purusam tam aham bhajami" 

'Always playing the flute, 
His eyes like blooming lotus-petals, 
His head adorned with a PEACOCK feather, 
His beautiful Form the hue of a blue cloud; 
with the unique beauty that charms millions of Cupids- 
the Primeval Lord, Govinda, do I adore.' 

Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya, Chapter 21, Verse 109: 

"mukta-hara — baka-panti, indra-dhanu-pincha tati,
pītambara — vijurī-saacara
krishna nava-jaladhara, jagat-sasya-upara,
varisaye līlamrta-dhara

'Krishna wears a pearl necklace that appears like a chain of white ducks around His neck. The peacock feather in His hair appears like a rainbow, and His yellow garments appear like lightning in the sky. Krishna appears like a newly risen cloud, and the gopīs appear like newly grown grains in the field. Constant rains of nectarean pastimes fall upon these newly grown grains, and it seems that the gopīs are receiving beams of life from Krishna, exactly as grains receive life from the rains.' 

...... Jai Shri Krishna..........

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