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Govardhana Book - The Hill that Fulfills all Desires

"Govardhana, the Hill that Fulfils all Desires" is a virtual guide to this most holy place of pilgrimage for devotees of Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna appeared on earth more than five thousand years ago and enacted intimate pastimes with His dearmost devotees who were hankering intensely for it. Govardhana Hill provided the most suitable atmosphere by which all the desires of the Lord were fulfilled in His intimate loving dealings with the devotees. Govardhana provided shelter to the devotees in Vrindavan when they were in distress having being tormented by the incessant torrents of rains being sent by the king of demigods, Indra. In order to further proclaim the glories of this greatest of hills, Govardhana, Lord Krishna Himself assumed the form of Govardhana in order to accept the offerings of His devotees in Vrindavan. One of the great disciples of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Sri Rupa Goswami had written thus about Govardhana Hill:

"The holy place known as Mathurā is spiritually superior to Vaikuṇṭha, the transcendental world, because the Lord appeared there. Superior to Mathurā-Purī is the transcendental forest of Vṛndāvana because of Kṛṣṇa's rāsa-līlā pastimes. And superior to the forest of Vṛndāvana is Govardhana Hill, for it was raised by the divine hand of Śrī Kṛṣṇa and was the site of His various loving pastimes. And, above all, the superexcellent Śrī Rādhā-kuṇḍa stands supreme, for it is overflooded with the ambrosial nectarean prema of the Lord of Gokula, Śrī Kṛṣṇa. Where, then, is that intelligent Person who is unwilling to serve this divine Rādhā-kuṇḍa, which is situated at the foot of Govardhana Hill?"


Simply put, Govardhana Hill is the shelter prayed for by the devotees to attain loving devotional service to Lord Krishna. A single visit to this king of the mountains assures one of liberation from the material existence, but more so guarrantees one entrance into loving relationships with Lord Krishna.

Bhakti Caitanya Swami and his crew spent tireless days and nights photographing all the places on and around Govardhana Hill. All the temples, shrines, lakes, Deities and often the most difficult ones were caught on camera and presented in this book that took more than three years in the making. Bhakti Caitanya Maharaja then accompanied each photos with vivid descriptions of the places and pastimes performed by the Lord with His devotees, thus assuring us of being intimately absorbed as we flip through the pages. There are also a large accompaniement of arts that were drawn especially for this book.

THIS BOOK IS A TRUE COLLECTOR'S ITEM AND MAKE A PERFECT GIFT.

 

Contents

Introduction
The History of Govardhana Hill . 9

Govardhana Hill: The Lord and the Best of the Lord’s Devotees . 12
The Performance of Govardhana Parikramā ..14

1.Mānasī-gaṅgā and Dāna-ghāṭī
1a. Mānasī-gaṅgā .. 22

1aa. The Appearance of Mānasī-gaṅgā ... 22
1ab. Mānasī-gaṅgā revealed to the Vrajavāsīs . 25
1ac. Boating Pastimes on Mānasī-gaṅgā . 28
1ad. Other Pastimes at Mānasī-gaṅgā .....31
1b. Mānasī-devī .. 35
1c. Brahmā-kuṇḍa .. 36
1d. Harideva .. 37
1e. Dāna-keli-kaumudī — Tax Collecting Pastimes near Mānasī-gaṅgā ... 40
1f. Rina-mocana-kuṇḍa ...43
1g. Through Govardhana Town .. 44
1h. Lakṣmī-Nārāyaṇa Temple .... 44
1i. Dāna-ghāṭī .....47
1j. ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Āśrama .. 53
1k. Dāna-nivartana-kuṇḍa .. 57

2. From Annakuta-kṣetra to Āniyora
2a. Entering Annakuta-kṣetra .... 62
2b. Annakuta-kṣetra ..... 67
2c. Āniyora-līlā .... 68
2d. Balarāma Temple, Āniyora . 72
2e. Saṅkarṣaṇa-kuṇḍa ...75
2f. Gopāla Prakaṭa-sthālī ... 81
2g. Mādhavendra Purī discovers Gopāla ....81
2h. Sakṣi Gopāla Temple .. 84

3. From Āniyora to Puncari
3a. Indra becomes Offensive to Kṛṣṇa ...... 86
3b. Great Storm over Govardhana Hill .... 88
3c. Indra Surrenders to Kṛṣṇa ... 98
3d. Surabhīvana .. 101
3e. Madana-mohana Temple ... 103
3f. Nīpa-kuṇḍa ....103
3g. Govinda-kuṇḍa ....104
3h. Rādhā-Govinda Temple .....113
3i. Rādhā-Gopīnātha Temple..... 113
3j. Jagannātha Temple .....113
3k. Rādhā-Śyāmasundara Temple .... 114
3l. Vallabhācārya’s Sitting Place.. 114
3m. Gopāla Temple .... 114
3n. Mukhāravinda Shrine ... 116
3o. Indra Tila ... 118
3p. Gandharva-kuṇḍa ... 118
3q. Dauka Dauji Temple and Balarāma Mukut-śilā .... 126
3r. Forestry Station .... 130
3s. Apsarāvana .... 132

4. From Puncari to Kadambavana
4a. Puncari .... 140
4b. Nṛsiṁha Temple ....146
4c. Naval-kuṇḍa .....147
4d. Apsarā-kuṇḍa .... 151
4e. Which Route to Take? ....152
4f. Lotha Baba Temple .....152
4g. Other Temples .... 155
4h. Sutalavana .... 157
4i. Maṇi-kandalī .....161
4j Śrīnivāsa Ācārya and Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura at Govardhana .... 162
4k. From Maṇi-kandalī to Indra-kuṇḍa, and the Blue Cows of Govardhana Hill ...166
4l. Indra-kuṇḍa ....174
4m. Airāvata-śilā ......174
4n. Kadambavana .......176
4o. Surabhī-kuṇḍa .....177
4p. Airāvata-kuṇḍa ...177
5. Jatipur Area ... 180
5a. Harjiu-kuṇḍa .... 180
5b. Rudra-kuṇḍa . 180
5c. Jatipur ....180
5d. Mukhāravinda ....183
5e. Vallabhācārya’s Baiṭhāka (Sitting Place).184
5f. The Samādhis of Vallabhācārya and Viṭṭhala .....185
5g. Daṇḍavati-śilā ..... 187
5h. Leaving Jatipur .... 187
5i. The Road to Govardhana Town .... 187

6. From Govardhana Town to Rādhā-kuṇḍa
6a. Sakhīsthalī .....194
6b. Cakra-tīrtha....196
6c. Lord Nityānanda at Cakra-tīrtha .....199
6d. Lord Nityānanda meets Abhirāma Ṭhākura ......201
6e. From Govardhana Town ....203
6f. Uddhava-kuṇḍa .....203
6g. From Uddhava-kuṇḍa to Rādhā-kuṇḍa .... 211
6h. Rādhā-kuṇḍa Town.212

7. From Rādhā-kuṇḍa to Mānasī-gaṅgā
7a. Kusum Sarovara .... 220
7b. The Sanji Festival .... 232
7c. Uddhava Temple ....237
7d. Banbihari Temple ...237
7e. Lord Caitanya has His first Darśana of Govardhana Hill ... 242
7f. Śyāmavana and Ratna-kuṇḍa ... 244
7g. Gvāla Pokhara .... 246
7h. Hanumān lifts Govardhana Hill .......248
7i. Puṣpa-samādhi of Tribhuvanātha dāsa ... 251
7j. Pañca-tīrtha-kuṇḍa ....251
7k. Mukhāravinda Temple ....251

8. The Long Parikramā ............. 254
8a. Pāpa-mocana-kuṇḍa .... 254
8b. Indra-dhvaja-tila ..... 256
8c. Parāsauli and Candra Sarovara ....... 256
8d. Petha ... 259
8e. Petha-līlā in Jagannātha Purī ............262
8f. Gaurī-tīrtha .... 263
8g. Śyāmadhak .... 268
8h. Gāṅṭhuli and Gulāla-kuṇḍa ... 270
8i. Bichua-kuṇḍa .......272
8j. Nimgaon ......274
8k. Pali or Pāṭalgrāma .......276
8l. Kuñjera/Navagaon .... 278
8m. Surya-kuṇḍa ...... 280
8n. From Surya-kuṇḍa to Rādhā-kuṇḍa ... 284
8o. Mukharāi .. 284
8p. Nārada-kuṇḍa ... 287
8q. Yugala-kuṇḍa .... 288
8r. Kilola-kuṇḍa ..... 288

Epilogue ... 290