Journey to Spiritual Places with Radhanath Swami

Descent of Govardhan

on June 6, 2011 in Vrindavan Articles with 46 Comments

According to Garg samhita, one day in Goloka Vrindavan Lord Krishna informed his eternal consort Srimati Radharani that she should now appear on earth as it was time for them to perform their pastimes within the material world. Radharani replied unless Vraja Dham, the Yamuna, and Govardhan Hill were present there, she would not be happy. Krishna then informed that she need not worry, as Vraja dham, along with the Yamuna and Govardhan Hill had already appeared on earth. In the words of Radhanath Swami: “That king of mountains Giriraj descended in the Himalayas as the son of Dronachala.

When Govardhan took birth all the mountains understanding their good fortune that the very playground of Lord Krishna has appeared amongst them, worshipped Govardhan Hill. And the demigods showered flowers upon Giriraj. One day Pulatsya Muni was traveling and he came upon this Govardhan Hill. He requested Giriraj’s father Dronachala that, “In my place of Bhajan, Varanasi there are no mountains, but this Govardhan is such beautiful mountain, I desire to take Govardhan to Varanasi to do my worship”. So with the very heavy heart of imminent separation Dronachala gave his permission. But Govardhan made a condition that, “I will go with you, but anywhere you place Me to the ground, I will not move from that place”.

A view of Govardhan Hill So Pulatsya Muni began his journey. By Govardhan’s blessings and by his mystic powers he was able to carry him. But Govardhan came to this world only to assist Krishna in his divine pastimes in Vrindavan. So, therefore as Pulatsya Muni was passing by Braj Bhumi by the will of the Supersoul within his heart he had an unbearable urge to respond to the call of nature. Thus he had to place Govardhan down. And he performed his duties, he washed his hands, then he went to lift Govardhan, but he would not move! So he tried with all of his strength, but Govardhan would not move. He became very upset and he cursed Govardhan that, “Everyday You will reduce in size the length of a mustard seed”. This took place in Satya Yuga. At that time Govardhan Hill was miles and miles high. But actually Govardhan was very happy to receive this curse as a blessing, because for Krishna to perform his pastimes on such an immense mountain with snowcap peaks in the clouds would have not been very pleasing.

So he very graciously reduced His size so that at the time of Lord Krishna, Govardhan Hill at places was about two miles high. And now it’s highest point it is about 80 feet tall. “[Vrindavan yatra, 1998]

– Radhanath Swami

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  • Ravi Garg

    Very nice narration…..thanks Swamiji for revealing this most amazing story of Sri Govardhan….

  • Saurabh

    Thank you very for sharing this glorification and appearance of Govardhan. It is certainly a very holy place.

  • Vinay Jain

    So nice to hear from such a great servant of the Lord, like Radhanath Swami, the glories of another great servant Giriraj Govardhan!

  • arabinda

    Great article! Sri Govardhan ki Jay!!

  • Keshav

    Hare Krsna………what a tale..shows how devotees are ready to sacrifice….to truly serve Krsna and make an attempt to get his personal association.


  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Thank you Radhanath Swami. I am grateful to you for giving us so much….

  • Supriya Gore

    Giriraj Govardhan ki jai

  • Aishwarya

    Great article. Thanks for sharing the descend of Govardhan.

  • Vinay Malani

    Amazing pastime of Govardhan’s appearance on Earth. Thank you Radhanath Swami for narrating this story.

  • Savin

    I didn’t understand the statement by Radhanath Swami – “A view of Govardhan Hill So Pulatsya Muni began his journey. ” … seems like a typo .. please help me get a better picture..
    Thanks in advance..

    • Kalpana Kulkarni

      “A view of Govardhan hill” should have been the caption below the picture. it is a typo error.

  • Pankaj

    Very informative article on the advent of Govardhan hill. Also, interesting fact about size being reduce everyday. Thanks for the article.

  • samir paleja

    All glories to Shri Giriraj Govardhan!

  • Sumit Sharma

    Amazing story of Giriraj Govardhan who is the best among all the devotees of Lord Krishna.

  • Sunny Hinduja

    Jai Giriraj…He is the most merciful, loved and beautiful devotee of the Lord.

  • Sarang Gadhave

    Wonderful. Thank you for sharing this pastime.

  • sundarkanai das

    Govardhan is so dear to Krishna that even the gopis called him Haridas Varya i.e. the best amongst the servants of Lord Hari. Thank you for sharing this article .

  • Anagha Warade

    Nice Article!
    Thank you for sharing…

  • Pankaj

    All glories to Giriraj Gowardhan. Thanks to Radhanath Maharaj for such an enlightening article.

  • Anil Timbe

    How beautiful… to serve lord Govardha reduced his height. Really amazing service attitude.
    Thanks to Radhanath Swami for sharing such beautiful pastimes.

  • Sumit Sharma

    Nicw story about Giriraj Govardhan by Radhanath Swami.

  • Vaibhav Sharma

    This is one of my favourite narrations by Radhanath Swami.

  • Pankaj

    Wonderful pastime, every time I read it.

  • umesh

    Mesmerizing description of Govardhan’s descent by Radhanath Swami. Thank you very much for this article.

  • nandkishor das

    Transcendental, wonderful!!!

  • kiran yagain

    If one visits a university campus as a sight seeing event and gets into an illusion that he graduated is a fool….!
    But people visit Dhams without submissively hearing to saintly people there and get into an illusion that they achieved spiritual bliss….!

    Dham gets revealed by saintly people. And H H Radhanath Maharaj is so merciful that he is revealing the Dham electronically to fallen souls like me through this website. All Glories to

  • NSP

    Wonderful pastime of Giriraj’s descent so beautifully narrated by HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj!

  • Pankaj

    Pastime of descent of Govardhan is purifying for our consciousness. Thanks to Radhanath Swami for such a wonderful description of this sweet pastime.

  • nandkishor das

    Wonderful account of history!!

  • Pankaj

    very nice pastime of descent of Govardhan.

  • Udisha

    Radhanath swami always inspires us by exemplary examples of the dear devotees of Lord Krishna. Govardhan hill is such a sweet devotee of Lord that he was ready to take curse for providing service to Lord.

  • manish

    All glories to Giri Govardhan . Thank you very much for this article. Very nice description of Govardhan’s descent by Radhanath Swami.

  • manish

    Very nice description of Govardhan’s descent by Radhanath Swami.

  • umesh

    This Govardhana is worshipped still by millions throughout the year.. thanks to Radhanath Swami and his team to narrate the origin of this sacred hill.

  • manish

    Thanks to Radhanath Swami for sharing such beautiful pastimes of Giriraj..

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very informative article on the descent of Giriraj.

  • Pankaj

    All glories to Giriraj Gowardhan !!!
    Hare Krishna…

  • manish

    Thanks Radhanath swami maharaj for this wonderful story of Giriraj..

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Amazing story!

  • Ankush

    Radhanath Maharaj has given wonderful description of the descent of Giriraj Govardhan in this world. All glories to Govardhan hill who accepted the curse that he will reduce in size, for the pleasure of Lord. Giriraj Govardhan Ki Jai!!!

    • umesh

      Yes Ankush pr I agree with you.

  • manish

    Very nicely describe the pastimes of Shri Giriraj ..

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very informative

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Wonderful narration as to how Lord Krsna descends along with his paraphernelia to perform his pastimes to reciprocate with the devotees in various wonderful ways. We have so much to be grateful for.

  • Sanjiv

    Thus Govardhan is a spiritual being.

  • Sanat Swain

    Giriraj ki jai