Govardhan Eco Village illustrates ‘Simple Living & High Thinking’ – a principle which is so succinct, yet profound, and formed the basis of life in the bygone age of wisdom. With the concepts of eco living being innate, the Vedic lifestyle was truly an eco friendly way of living life as instanced in the timeless Vedic scriptures like Srimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-Gita.
Govardhan Eco Village is a farm community spread over a scenic landscape of 65 acres at Galtare, Wada situated 110 km North of Mumbai, India. Since its inception in the year 2003, Govardhan Eco Village has made steady progress in Organic farming, Cow protection, Education, Rural development, Alternative energy, Eco friendly constructions and Sustainable living.
For demonstrating the principles of Eco friendly living, Srila Prabhupada, the founder acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), stressed on developing farm communities as they present the only sustainable way of leading a life which is physically, mentally, socially, economically, spiritually and environmentally friendly. He said, “The Krishna consciousness movement is therefore establishing various farms to show how to be happy and content with minimum necessities of life and to save time for self-realization, which one can very easily achieve by chanting the maha-mantra—Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.”
Govardhan Eco Village (GEV) is an ISKCON Chowpatty initiative under the inspiration and guidance of Radhanath Swami, who is the spiritual mentor at ISKCON Chowpatty. Radhanath Swami, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, spent a great number of years in a farm community established by Srila Prabhupada experiencing an eco friendly lifestyle, serving the cows and leading the life of a monk. To fulfill the dream of his spiritual master, Radhanath Swami envisioned a farm community in India highlighting the importance of living in harmony with nature, and inspiring his followers to serve the society by setting up a model farm community – Govardhan Eco Village.
Starting from July 2012, Bhaktivedanta Vidyapitha became an integral part of the activities of Govardhan Eco Village, with several enthusiastic devotees hearing and studying Srimad Bhagavatam, reciting slokas, discussing and speaking sastra for a major part of the day, thus adding beauty to the already enlivening atmosphere of Govardhan Eco Village and inspiring the residents and guests with the sound vibration of Srimad Bhagavatam. Welcome!
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