(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 29 October 2010, Govardhana Parikrama)

kks govardhanEarly in the morning, we left for Govardhana through dark, bumpy back roads and started our parikrama of Giriraja at Radha-Kund. Govardhana parikrama is certainly a yajna, but an ecstatic one though!

We slotted into a steady pace and all along, we were chanting the Holy Name whilst walking sometimes through soft Vrndavana sands and at other times, the sharp rocks and thorns were blessing our feet!

Govardhana is Hari-dasa-varya, the greatest servant of the Lord and at the same time, He is Krsna Himself. In the Gopala-Champu, it says that Govardhana is made of jewels and that there are big jewelled slabs that function as transcendental seating places. Our vision was not so deep that we could perceive all of that but the brown, purple effulgent rocks were totally attractive.

We pray to Govardhana that we may become a servant who can please Krsna. I was also praying that my endeavours here, in going around Govardhana, that my disciples may be blessed with determination in their devotional service.

After the long, never ending trek, we finally reached Radha-Kund. Being in Vrndavana is such a blessing because it makes it so easy to remember Krsna. I had started chanting early in the morning and by the time we had finished our walk and reached Radha-Kund at 11.30 in the morning, I had completed sixty-six rounds; all by the mercy of the Dham.

Krsna makes it so easy to remember Him and chant His Holy Name here, in His transcendental abode. Now we are back in our room – happy, crippled and exhausted! We wish you could be here!


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