March 5, 2019: Beautiful Govardhan Eco Village
Indradyumna Swami Maharaja has been at Govardhan Eco Village outside of Mumbai, India for almost 2 months now. Each morning Maharaja walks in the natural pristine beauty of the community, marveling at the many projects that have won the devotees awards for sustainability and in the field of ecology. It is a ‘must see’ for all ISKCON devotees visiting India!
March 4, 2019: Video- The Older Brother
A new video from Ananta Vrindavan! During our 2018 Kartik Parikrama Indradyumna Swami and devotees visited the village of Dauji, named after the presiding deity of the town, Dauji. Dauji means “the older brother” and is a name for Lord Balaram, Lord Krsna’s older brother. During that parikrama they discussed Dauji’s pastimes and had A big Kirtan at the temple. All 500 of the parikrama devotees felt great bliss. They also did Harinam through the town, much to the delight of the townspeople!
Lord Ramacandra stands holding a bow and arrow in the center of the painting surrounded by a rocky landscape. Laksmaṇ stands behind Him and also holds a bow and arrow. Like Lord Ramacandra, He is effulgent. Both Lord Ramacandra and Laksman wear wooden sandals.
Also standing behind Lord Ramacandra are Hanuman, Angada, Arunda, Nila and Samrambha. They all hold maces in their hands and wear golden crowns.
In front of Lord Ramacandra stands King Sugriva holding an umbrella in his left hand and a mace in his right hand. He is followed by Nala, Vanara, Durvinda and Rambha who all hold maces.
[ Watercolor on paper. Early 1800’s ]
March 11, 2019: Album- Radha’s Abode
March 23, 2019: Album- A Perfect Day In A Perfect Place
March 27, 2019: Album- Just Wander!
Mar 28, 2019: Album- A Most Sacred Tree
March 29, 2019: Album- Hidden Balaram
In Vrindavan, down near the old Vrindavan Post Office, is a small street where Lord Balarama has been hiding for a long time. Devotees rarely, if ever, visit this temple. The pujaris claim that this deity was one of 5 Balarama deities commissioned by Vajranabha, the great grandson of Krsna. The deity appears very, very old and in the same style of Dauji in the village of Dauji, and Govindaji in Jaipur.
Indradyumna Swami said they found reference to their claim in Garga-samhita:
tataḥ sa mathurāyāṁ ca dīrgha-viṣṇuṁ ca keśavam |
vṛndāvane ca govindaṁ hari-devaṁ girīśvare ||
gokule gokuleśaṁ ca gokulādyojane balam |
sthāpayāmāsa vajrastu hareśca pratimāśca ṣaṭ ||
“Then he (Vajranābha) installed Dīrgha-viṣṇu and Keśava-deva in Mathurā; Govinda-deva in Vṛndāvana; Hari-deva in Girirāja; Gokuleśa in Gokula and Balarāma one yojana away from Gokula. In this way Vajranābha installed six deities of Lord Hari.
balasya pratimāścānyāḥ pañca vai vrajamaṇḍale |
nṛṇāṁ śubhāya vajrastu sthāpayāmāsa harṣitaḥ ||
“Besides this, he also established five deities of Balarāma in Vraja-maṇḍala for the welfare of everyone.”
[ Garga-saṁhitā 10.62.26 – 28 ]
Also in the temple is a ancient deity of Revati, Lord Balarama’s consort.
As our beloved Srila Prabhupada established the worship of Krsna and Balarama in Vrindavan, Indradyumna Swami thought devotees would like to visit this historic deity of Balarama. He need hide no more.
The temple barely has enough funds for flowers!
In front of the Union Bank
[ Near the main Vrindavan Post Office ]