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  • Registrations Open for Online VIHE Govardhana Retreat 2021

    Registrations for the Online VIHE Govardhana Retreat 2021 are now open!

  • ISKCON Australia’s First Community Services Conference

    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.

  • Celebrating the King of Mountains

    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.

  • Govardhan Parikrama from the Air

    A video by Anton Aleksandrov.

  • King of the Mountains

    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.

  • Bhumi Puja for the VIHE Govardhana Retreat Centre – and Construction Begins

    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.

  • Govardhana Parikrama

    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.

  • Giri Govardhan Celtic Remix- Virtual Mantra Choir

    The First Virtual Mantra Choir remixed ~ Happy Govardhan Puja 2015!

  • Govardhan Seva

    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.

  • Jayadev's Virtual Mantra Choir presents "Giri Govardhan"

    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:,4590/

  • People Pray to God - The Vrajavasis Pray for God

    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.

  • Govardhana, the Hill that Fulfills all Desires

    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.

  • New Govardhana Begins Final Stage of Self-Sufficiency Plan

    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.

  • Govardhan Eco Village

    A video about a revolutionary farm community in Maharastra, India.

  • Govardhan Eco-village

    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.

  • Now and Then: Sri Prahlada and the Krishna Kids of Australia (1986)

    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. 

  • Three Californian Temples Celebrate Govardhana Puja Together

    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.

  • Little Krishna: The Lifting of Govardhana

    Happy Govardhana puja!

  • Children’s Picnic At Govardhan Eco-Village, Wada, India
    The Gopal’s Fun School serves as an introduction to Krishna-consciousness for the children in various local areas in Mumbai and Thane. In order to give the children a glimpse into Vedic lifestyle and culture, they were taken to GEV which is a farm community spread over a scenic landscape of 60 acres at Wada near Mumbai, India.
  • Govardhana Vaishnavi Retreat 2013
    The lap of all auspicious Giriraj, the potency of the merciful dham, and the divine vibrations of Harinam Prabhu, these were the most transcendental fragments of the milieu which housed the International Vaishnavi Retreat this year.
  • Govardhana Sanskrit School Continues to Thrive After Founder’s Passing
    When Sanskrit scholar Gopiparanadhana Das passed away unexpectedly at his home in Govardhana, India on September 15th 2011, the ISKCON world was shocked. But with his passing, the biggest question was what would happen to his Sanskrit school, Srimad-Bhagavat Vidyapitham.
  • 2013 Vaishnavi Retreat at Govardhana
    The Vrindavana Institute for Higher Education heartily invites Vaishnavi ladies to take part in the upcoming third International Vaishnavi Retreat, to be held at the foothill of Sri Giriraja Govardhana from March 30 to April 3, 2013.
  • Govardhan Retreat and Varsana Japa/Kirtan Retreat 2012

    The organizer Vrindavan Instritute for Higher Education (VIHE) invites anyone interested to participate at the upcoming annual Govardhan Retreat and Varsana Japa/Kirtan.

  • A Morning at Govardhana

    By Jay Gopal and Vijaya Radhika. This video is available on Glimpses of Vraja DVD:

  • Gopiparanadhana's Samadhi Ceremony
    On Sunday September 25th the ashes of Gopiparandhana Das were placed in Samadhi by his son Gaura Mohan at the foot of Govardhana Hill just in front of the Bhaktivedanta Ashram.
  • International Vaishnavi Retreat in Govardhana
    Fostering a spirit of love and care between devotees is on the agenda for the up-coming International Vaishnavi Retreat. This special event is aimed at generating peer support between female devotees dedicated to Srila Prabhupada’s mission.
  • Annakuta Festival at ISKCON Vrindavan
    Govardhana Puja, Go-Puja and Annakuta are all connected with the story of Lord Krishna’s lifting of Govardhana Hill to protect the inhabitants of Vrindavan. As part of the festivities, devotees prepared a big hill out of sweets, rice and halva in the middle of our temple courtyard.
  • Srila Prabhupada's Govardhana Parikrama Celebrations
    Srila Prabhupada Govardhana-parikrama and the Srila Prabhupada Gokula-pilgrimage aim to unite all of Srila Prabhupada’s ISKCON members and followers with the members and followers from all sister Gaudiya-vaishnava institutions.
  • Mumbai's Bhaktivedanta School Celebrates Govardhana Puja

    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.

  • Global Govardhana Hill Photo Collage

    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.