The Glories of Darshan of Sri Giriraja
Picture of Sri Nathji and Sri Giriraja Govardhan-sila at New Vrindavan Temple
4,108 years after the beginning of Kali-yuga,
as everyone watches, Lord Krsna will emerge from a cave...
THE HOLY PLACES OF SRI
from Sri Garga-samhita Canto 3 chapter 7 - texts 1 - 39
Sri Bahulasva said: How
many holy places are on noble-hearted Govardhana Hill?
O great yogi, you have transcendental vision. Please tell me
Sri Narada said: O
king, Vrndavana forest and Govardhana Hill, which is the crown of Goloka,
are both worshiped as the best of holy places.
Noble Govardhana Hill
is dear to Lord Krsna. It is the Supreme Personality of Godhead's
parasol. It protects the cows, gopas and gopis. What holy place is
better than Govardhana Hill?
Lord Krsna, the master
of all the worlds, mocked the indra-yajna.
Sri Krsna is the
original Supreme Personality of Godhead, greater than the greatest, the
master of Goloka, the ruler of countless universes.
O king of Mithila, even
the demigod Brahma cannot properly glorify Govardhana Hill, where Lord
Krsna eternally plays with the gopa boys,...
... where are the
Manasa-ganga, which destroys a flood of the greatest sins, pure
Govinda-kunda, beautiful Candra-sarovara,...
Syama-kunda, Lalita-kunda, Gopala-kunda and Kusuma-sarovara.
By the touch of Sri
Krsna's crown a certain stone was marked with the sign of a crown.
Anyone who sees that stone becomes the crown of the Supreme Lord.
Even today on
Govardhana Hill is a sacred stone marked with pictures originally drawn
by Lord Krsna and now named Citra-sila (the picture stone).
When Krsna was intently
playing with the boys, He played musical rhythms on a certain stone.
That stone, named vadani-sila (the musical stone), destroys the greatest
The place where
Krsnacandra played ball-games with the boys is called kanduka-ksetra
A person who sees the
place Indra-pada on Govardhana Hill, bows down at the place Brahma-pada
or rolls about in the dust of these places, attains the abode of Lord
The place on Govardhana
Hill where Lord Krsna stole the gopas turbans is called Ausnisa-tirtha.
It removes the greatest sins.
One day, hearing
tinkling anklets as the gopis walked nearby on their way to sell yogurt,
Krsna, who is more charming than Kamadeva, stopped them on the path.
Holding a flute and a
stick and going ahead of the gopas, Krsna confronted the gopis on the
path and demanded, "You must pay a toll to Me."
The gopis said: You are
crooked. You and Your gopa boys now block our path. You are greedy after
yogurt. We will see to it that You, Your mother and Your father are all
locked up in Kamsa's prison.
Supreme Personality of Godhead said: I will kill ferocious Kamsa and all
his friends. That was
My solemn vow.
Every day I will take
the cows from Mathura to Govardhana Hill.
Sri Narada said: After
speaking these words, Krsna and the boys took the jars of yogurt and
joyfully placed them on the ground.
Saying " Krsna is
a bold, fearless, ferocious and talkative hero here in the secluded
forest, but in the city, surrounded by many men, He is only a weakling.
We will certainly tell Nanda and Yasoda what He has done,"
the smiling gopis went to their homes.
Then, making cups of
nipa and palasa leaves, Krsna and the boys ate the yogurt and picchala.
O king of kings, that
very sacred place, where the trees leaves became cups, is called
A person who at this
place gives yogurt in charity, drinks yogurt from a leaf-cup and then
bows down to offer his respectful obeisances, never falls from Goloka.
A place where Krsna and
the boys played games of closing their eyes and hiding is called
laukika-tirtha. It destroys
Simply by seeing
Kadamba-khanda-tirtha, where Krsna enjoyed many pastimes, a person
attains a form like that of Lord Narayana Himself.
O king of Mithila, the
place on Govardhana Hill where Radha was decorated during the rasa dance
is called Srngara-mandala (the decoration place).
O king, the form Lord
Krsna showed as He lifted Govardhana Hill is still present at
O king, 4,108 years
after the beginning of Kali-yuga, as everyone watches, Lord Krsna will
emerge from a cave on Govardhana Hill and reveal His transcendental form
O king, the saintly
devotees will call this form of the Lord Srinatha.
He will always enjoy pastimes on Govardhana Hill.
O king of Mithila, the
people in Kali-yuga who with their eyes see this form of the Lord will
attain all spiritual success.
On the four corners of
Govardhana Hill are the forms of Lord Jagannatha, Lord Ranganatha, Lord
Dvarakanatha and Lord Badrinatha.
Srinatha is in the
middle of Govardhana Hill. O
king, these five forms of the lord are manifested in sacred
These four Deities are
four pillars in the temple of eternal religion.
They are determined to protect Their devotees from all troubles.
A person who sees Them attains a transcendental form like that of
Lord Narayana Himself.
An intelligent person
who visits the places of these Deities but does not see the Lord there
does not attain the real result of his visit.
A person who sees Lord
Srinatha attains the result of seeing all four Deities on Govardhana
O king of Mithila, a
sinner who bows down before the footprints of Airavata and Surabhi on
Govardhana Hill goes to Vaikuntha.
A person who sees the handprint and footprint of Sri Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead and bows down to offer respects to them, goes to Lord Krsna's transcendental abode.
best of brahmanas, by visiting Govardhana Hill one attains a pious
result ten million times greater than all those pious deeds
together." - The
glories of Sri Giriraja part 2
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