Around this time every year in temples worldwide, ISKCON members arrange replicas of the sacred Govardhana Hill to celebrate the Govardhana Puja festival. The hill commemorates Sri Krishna's pastime of lifting the mountain with his finger to shelter the residents of Vrindavana from a great deluge sent by Indra, the rain god.
On Friday, October 9th, 2009, the students, teachers and parents of the Bhaktivedanta Swami Mission School celebrated Govardhan Puja with great aplomb and splendor. It was the last day of school before breaking for the Diwali vacations. The school management divided the teachers into three teams to systematically celebrate the pastime of Lord Krishna lifting Govardhana Hill.
By Jay Gopal and Vijaya Radhika. This video is available on Glimpses of Vraja DVD: http://www.vrindavanexperience.com/shop/
The organizer Vrindavan Instritute for Higher Education (VIHE) invites anyone interested to participate at the upcoming annual Govardhan Retreat and Varsana Japa/Kirtan.
Happy Govardhana puja!
Devotees from Los Angeles, San Diego, and Laguna Beach gathered at ISKCON’s Escondido farm to celebrate “Maha Govardhana Puja.” Govardhana Puja, the celebration of the day when Lord Krishna displayed His divine powers by lifting the sacred Govardhana Hill, was previously held at each individual temple. But the three neighboring communities got together for a follow-up festival, too; a unique tradition with an interesting history.
Archival video clip from 1986: gurukula children from New Govardhana, Australia, taking part in the campaig to free the Russian Hare Krishna devotees from prison and religious persecution.
ISKCON-project Govardhan Eco Village (GEV) near Mumbai illustrates 'Simple Living & High Thinking' -- a principle which is so succinct, yet profound, and formed the basis of life in the bygone age of wisdom.
A video about a revolutionary farm community in Maharastra, India.
In the picturesque Tweed Valley in New South Wales, Australia, ISKCON’s New Govardhana farm began work on the final stage of its five-part self-sufficiency plan in late May of this year. Once the plan is complete, it won’t immediately render the community fully self-sufficient; however it will set the farm on the path towards gradually reaching that goal.
Touchstone Media has announced the release of the book Govardhana, the Hill that Fulfils all Desires written by ISKCON spiritual master Bhakti Caitanya Swami. The book is a virtual guide to this most holy place of pilgrimage for devotees of Lord Krishna. This book is the first of its kind that vivd take us around Govardhana Hill even without being physically there.
Praying for others is itself an act of selflessness, but praying for God is the act of ultimate selflessness. What the Vrajavasis are unconscious of is Krishna’s divinity, not divinity itself. They are obviously not atheists – they are the topmost theists.
To celebrate his108th Mantra Choir Jayadev with the help of music producer Gareth Rhys Jones has put together this wonderful VIRTUAL Mantra Choir with vocal and instrumental offerings from people from all around the globe, many of whom have no previous musical experience. The video includes special guest appearances from Boy George, Tim Wheater, Gaurangi Dasi (Pia Richarson) and Mark Haley performing "Giri Govardhan" a mantra piece written especially for this project by Jayadev John Richardson. Stay tuned, a new mantra choir project is coming up soon. Read the ISKCON News report about the topic: http://iskconnews.org/virtual-mantra-choir-to-feature-hundreds-of-webcam-singers,4590/
A small team is making a big difference to holy places in India. Renovating holy sites, and feeding widows and children, this film was created to increase awareness of their efforts. A video by Prananath Das.
The First Virtual Mantra Choir remixed ~ Happy Govardhan Puja 2015!
There are devotees of the Lord who circumambulate Govardhana hill two, or even three times, a day. Athough busy with visiting other holy places in Vrajamandala Indradyumna Swami's group of 350 devotees also managed to do parikrama around Giriraja twice during their stay in Vrindavan.
The Govardhana Retreat has been going on since 2000 – the first with only thirty students under the trees surrounding Giriraja (we still remember having to crawl under a barbed wire fence to get to our spot!), the most recent with almost a thousand students, now at a rented ashram.
Parikrama around Govardhan Hill during the month of Kartika in Vrindavan, India is a favorite devotional activity for devotees of Lord Krsna. Chanting softly on their prayer beads a group of 400 devotees relished every step of the 24 kilometer walk. Ananta Vrindavan dasa’s outstanding footage captured the bliss of the pilgrimage.
A video by Anton Aleksandrov.
Govardhana Puja is the auspicious festival that was originally performed by Sri Krishna Himself about five-thousand years ago. This festival took place the year following Damodara’s chastisement by His mother, Yasoda Devi, and has been lavishly observed and celebrated worldwide ever since.
Presenters at the conference were devotees who are developing Vaishnava community welfare services including mentoring, counseling, mental health support, youth support, widows support, palliative care and caring for the sick, women’s support, social justice and more. The conference was attended by just under 100 devotees.