Here at the Govardhan Retreat Center, we, along with many visiting devotees, enthusiastically celebrate Govardhan Puja in the valley at the foothills of the Govardhan forest. The program will begin with Go-puja and kirtan followed by hearing of Krishna’s Govardhan pastimes from HG Bhurijana dasa and HH Sacinandana Swami.
We then will bath Govardhana with auspicious and colorful items from Vraja before offering Giriraja Govardhan 56 delicious foods preparations made from wheat, rice, curry made of gram flour, and leafy vegetables—sweet, salty, spicy, and sour—each crowned with Tulasi leaves. A joyous kirtan will follow, with Giriraja Govardhana being offered incense, lamps, colors, and flowers.
All are invited on this auspicious day to join us in service to Giriraja Govardhan. May we jointly and peacefully join together to accept His joyous shelter.
We joyfully invite everyone to attend our annual Surabhi Kund Festival of Lamps in the welcoming shelter of Giriraja Govardhana.
Throughout Vraja Surabhi Kund is revered as an especially potent place for granting forgiveness for offences and misdeeds.
At this festival, for the joy of Sri Sri Radha and Krsna, and to assist in creating an atmosphere of remembrance and meditation, we will fill Surabhi Kund with the glow of hundreds of lamps and the sweet sound of devotees chanting Krsna’s holy names.
Our prayer is that this event will fuel within all who attend the burning flame of a great longing for devoted service to the divine couple and the servants of their servants.
The evening will conclude with delicious prasadam served to all. We humble request you to attend!
Our Retreat Center offers an ideal facility for your spiritual retreat. Nearby is an ancient parikrama path still walked by thousands of pilgrims daily, yet the Retreat Center is set back in a peaceful, protected, and tranquil spot.
The Center facilitates the needs of two types of retreatants: those seeking a personal retreat will find comfortable rooms with attached baths and serene landscaped areas suitable for private chanting, reading, contemplation, and meditation.
Those who would like to attend a guided retreat can join one of a number of international retreat programs, such as the Govardhan Retreat or Holy Name Retreat, which our Retreat Center yearly facilitates.
Try to always study our books and see our philosophy from different lights of directions, become convinced yourself of this knowledge and without a doubt all of your difficulties of mind will disappear forever and you will see Krishna face-to-face.
Srila Prabhupada – New York; July, 1972