Glories of Govardhana Hill
Appearance of Govardhana Hill
Krishna's Lifting of Govardhana Hill Govardhana
Parikrama Kusuma Sarova
Sanatana Goswami Bhajana Kutira Aniyora
Village Govinda Kunda
Lifting of Govardhana Hill
destroyer of Mura is always eager to protect the cowherd community.
He has no
other interest. He maintained the honor of Govardhana Hill by lovingly
him aloft for seven days, playfully exhibiting with the hand that held the
hill charming gestures of respectful worship. May that Govardhana—whose caves are
left behind from the pastimes there of Gandharvika and Murabhit, and
exquisite bolders are covered with precious gems—protect us all
Vraja-vilas-stava 51, Raghunatha dasa Goswami
On seeing that the inhabitants of
Vrindavana had neglected to worship him,
Indra, the King of Heaven, decided to punish them by sending terrible rain
clouds to inundate the land of Vrindavana. Seething with rage, King Indra was
thinking that simply on the advice of a talkative village boy named Krishna, the
Vrajavasis had stopped the Indra-yajna and instead worshipped Govardhana Hill,
the brahmanas, and the cows.
Unfortunately, being so puffed-up with his own self-importance and false
prestige, Indra could not understand that this simple village boy called Krishna
was in fact the Supreme Personality of Godhead enjoying His transcendental
pastimes as a cowherd boy in the land of Vrindavana.
Calling for the samvartaka
clouds of devastation that are used to destroy the whole cosmic manifestation at
the end of a kalpa, Indra ordered them
to proceed to Vrindavana and cause extensive floods that would destroy the
livelihood of the inhabitants. Within no time torrents of rain as thick as
pillars, accompanied by thunder, lighting and howling winds, descended on
Vrindavana, causing great misery to its inhabitants. The land became so full of
water that no one could distinguish between high ground and low ground.
Shivering because of the severe cold brought about by the torrential rains, the
inhabitants of Vrindavana approached Lord Krishna for shelter.
Understanding the situation,
Krishna immediately lifted Govardhana Hill
with His left hand, just as a child picks up a mushroom, and held it up like an
umbrella. Bringing all their household possessions, the inhabitants of
along with their cows, took shelter from the torrential rains under Govardhana
Hill. For seven days they remained safe under the hill, not even disturbed by
hunger and thirst. They were simply astonished to see beautiful Krishna balancing
Govardhana Hill on His little finger.
His false pride cut to pieces, baffled and dumbstruck, King Indra called
back the clouds of devastation. At that moment the rains stopped, the sky
cleared and the Sun shone again over the beautiful land of Vrindavana. Krishna asked the Vrajavasis to return to their homes without fear, and then He gently
replaced Govardhana Hill in exactly the same place. Nanda Baba, mother Yasoda,
Balarama and all the inhabitants of Vrindavana embraced Krishna to their hearts
content. The demigods in the higher planets began to beat kettledrums and shower
the earth with fragrant flowers. As the gopis
began to sing beautiful songs about the glorious and uncommon pastimes of Sri Krishna, all the inhabitants of
Vrindavana returned to their respective homes along
with their cows.