After the wonderful response to my first book, The Guide to Vrnadavana, I received many requests from devotees all over the world to write another book about the holy land of Vrndavana, I then began to meditate on what would be the best subject for my next book. Since Goverdhana Hill and Radha-kunda are very popular with all the devotees, I decided this would be the subject for my next publication.
Scattered around Govardhana Hill are more than sixty important holy tirthas which many devotees have heard about but very few have visited. Over the period of one year I regularly did parikrama of Govardhana Hill, taking photographs and researching the historical background and stories attached to these holy places.
As I started to write and build up a large collection of slides, I realized that in order to do full justice to both Govardhana Hill and Radha-kunda, I would have to write a separate book about each of them. Even though Radha-kunda is on the parikrama of Govardhana Hill, it alone has over fifty holy places situated around its sacred banks. I decided to first release a book on Govardhana Hill with a capsule on Radha-kunda and then later write a book solely about Radha-kunda.
I humbly thank my beloved spiritual master Srila Prabhupada for giving me the opportunity to perform this wonderful service of producing books about the holy land of Vrndavana. I have been told that these books have helped many devotees better appreciate the holy dhama, which in turn gives them further inspiration to serve the lotus feet of Sri-Sri Radha and Krsna.
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Sinking into the ground by the ground by the measurement of one mustard seed everyday, the beautiful Govardhana Hill, India's most sacred mountain, will in the next few thousand years completely disappear from the vision of the world.
On auspicious days of the Vedic calendar, tens of thousands of people circumambulate this sacred mountain chanting prayers in glorification of Lord Sri Krsna. Five thousand years ago, the Lord lifted Govardhana Hill and used it as an umbrella to protect the inhabitants of Vrndavana from the devastating rains sent by Indra, the god of heaven.
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