The Color Guide to Govardhana Hill India's Most Sacred Mountain

The Color Guide to Govardhana Hill India's Most Sacred Mountain

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Item Code: IDK262
Author: Rajasekhara dasa Brahmacari
Publisher: Vedanta Vision Publications
Language: English
Edition: 2001
Pages: 153 (Illustrated Throughout In Full Color)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 9.8" X 7.3"
Weight 800 gm

Introduction

After the wonderful response to my first book, The Guide to Vrnadavana, I received many requests from devotees all over the world to write another book about the holy land of Vrndavana, I then began to meditate on what would be the best subject for my next book. Since Goverdhana Hill and Radha-kunda are very popular with all the devotees, I decided this would be the subject for my next publication.

Scattered around Govardhana Hill are more than sixty important holy tirthas which many devotees have heard about but very few have visited. Over the period of one year I regularly did parikrama of Govardhana Hill, taking photographs and researching the historical background and stories attached to these holy places.

As I started to write and build up a large collection of slides, I realized that in order to do full justice to both Govardhana Hill and Radha-kunda, I would have to write a separate book about each of them. Even though Radha-kunda is on the parikrama of Govardhana Hill, it alone has over fifty holy places situated around its sacred banks. I decided to first release a book on Govardhana Hill with a capsule on Radha-kunda and then later write a book solely about Radha-kunda.

I humbly thank my beloved spiritual master Srila Prabhupada for giving me the opportunity to perform this wonderful service of producing books about the holy land of Vrndavana. I have been told that these books have helped many devotees better appreciate the holy dhama, which in turn gives them further inspiration to serve the lotus feet of Sri-Sri Radha and Krsna.

Back of the Book

Sinking into the ground by the ground by the measurement of one mustard seed everyday, the beautiful Govardhana Hill, India's most sacred mountain, will in the next few thousand years completely disappear from the vision of the world.

On auspicious days of the Vedic calendar, tens of thousands of people circumambulate this sacred mountain chanting prayers in glorification of Lord Sri Krsna. Five thousand years ago, the Lord lifted Govardhana Hill and used it as an umbrella to protect the inhabitants of Vrndavana from the devastating rains sent by Indra, the god of heaven.

 

Contents

 

Introduction 1
The Holy Dhama of Vrndavana 4
The Glories of Govardhana Hill 9
The Appearance of Govardhana Hill 16
Govardhana Parikrama 20
Instructions on Parikrama 25
Offences to Avoid in the Holy Dhama 25
Places of Interest 26
Kusuma-sarovara 30
Uddhava Baithaka (Sitting Place) 38
Asoka Vana 39
Narada Vana 39
Syama Kutira 42
Krsna's Foot-print 44
Gval Pokhara 45
Jugal-kunda 50
Kilola-kunda (Kelanvana) 50
Panca-tirtha-kunda 56
Manasi-ganga 56
The Appearance of Manasi-ganga 57
Harideva Mandira 62
Brahma-kunda 65
Manasi Devi Mandira 65
Mukharavinda Mandira 66
Cakra Tirtha 67
Cakalesvara Mahadeva Mandira 68
Sanatana Gosvami Bhajana Kutira 68
Laksmi-Narayana Mandira 70
Dana-Ghati (Krsna Vedi) 70
Radharani's Foot-print 71
Dani Raya Temple 72
Bhaktivedanta Asram (ISKCON) 72
Dana-nirvartana-kunda 73
Annakuta-ksetra 77
The Lifting of Govardhana Hill 80
Aniyora 82
Balarama (Dauji) Mandira 83
Gopala Prakata Sthali 83
Gopala Raya Mandira 85
Sankarsana-kunda 88
Gauri-kunda (Gauri Tirtha) 89
Surabhi Vana 93
Govinda-kunda 98
Madhavendra Puri's Bhajana Kutira 100
Gopala Mandira 100
Indra Tila 100
Radha Govinda Mandira 100
Nipa-kunda 104
Doka Dauji (Balarama Sthali) 105
Apsara Vana 105
Apsara-kunda 108
Naval-kunda (Punchari-Kunda) 108
Narasimha Mandira 109
Punchari-ka-lautha Baba Mandira 110
Sutala Vana 111
Mani Kandali Cave 113
Airavata's Foot-print 116
Indra Puja 116
Indra-kunda (Carana-kunda) 117
Kadamba Vana 117
Surabhi-kunda 119
Airavata-kunda 120
Rudan-kunda (Rudra-kunda) 126
Jetipura 126
Mukharavinda Sila 128
Vitthalanatha Samadhi 129
Vallabhacarya's Baithaka 129
Dandavata Sila 129
Vilachu-kunda 133
Sakhi Sthali 135
Uddhava-kunda 136
Radha-kunda/Syama-kunda 137
Raghunatha dasa Samadhi 141
Tongue of Govardhana 142
Mahaprabhu Baithaka 143
Chronology 146
Glossary 148
Bibliography 150
Index 151
Map of Govardhana Hill 153

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