One day in Goloka Vrindavana Lord Krishna informed Srimati Radharani that
She should now appear on earth as it was time for Them to perform Their
transcendental pastimes within the material world. Radharani replied that
unless Vraja Dhama, the Yamuna and Govardhana Hill were present there, She
would not be very happy.
then told Radharani that She need not worry, as Vraja Dhama, along with the
Yamuna and Govardhana Hill had already appeared on earth.
Many years before this incident, in the land of Salmali dvipa, the wife of
the great mountain Oronacal gave birth to a son named Govardhana. At the
time of Govardhana's birth all the demigods appeared in the sky. and
showered flowers upon him. The great mountains, led by the Himalayas and
Sumeru, came there to offer their respects. They then performed parikrama of
Govardhana and accepted him as their king.They offered very nice prayers
praising Govardhana for having descended from Goloka Vrndavana, describing
him as the "crown jewel of Vraja."
Some years later, at the beginning of Satya-yuga, the great sage Pulastya
Muni paid a visit to Salmali dvipa.
Upon seeing the beautiful Govardhana Hill covered with many lovely
creepers, flowers, rivers, caves and chirping birds, the sage felt that this
hill was capable of giving liberation. He then went to meet Oronacal, who
immediately offered his respects and inquired from the sage what service he
could render. Pulastya Muni informed Oronacal that he was from Kalii
(Benares) and was on pilgrimage to arl the holy places. And he said that
even though the sacred river Ganges flows through Kalii, there is no
beautiful hill. He then asked Oronacal to give Govardhana to him so that he
could perform his austerities sitting on top of the hill.
On hearing the sage's request, Oronacal, who was not willing to part with
his son, started to shed tears in thought of separation from his beloved
Govardhana. Not wanting to see Pulastya Muni become angry and curse his
father, Govardhana asked the sage how he would carry him all the way to
Kalil. The sage replied that he would carry him in his right hand.
Govardhana then agreed to go with the sage on one condition - that if the
sage put him down anywhere during the course of the journey, he would not be
able to lift him again. Pulastya. Muni agreed. Carrying Govardhana in his
right hand he left for Kasi
By the will of providence Pulastya Muni passed through Vraja on his way to
Kasi. On arriving in Vraja, Govardhana thought that now he was here he
should remain in the holy dhama. By his mystic power he was able to
influence Pulastya Muni to attend to the call ofnature. Unmindful, the sage
put Govardhana down and went off to answer the call. But when he returned he
was unable to again lift Govardhana. Trying with all his might, using both
hands, he could not lift
Govardhana even slightly. In great anger Pulastya Muni cursed Govardhana to
sink into the ground by the measurement of one mustard seed every day. When
Govardhana first came to Vraja in the beginning of Satya-yuga, he was
eightyojanas long (64 miles); five yojanas wide (40 miles} and two yojanas
high (16 miles). It is said that after ten thousand years of the Kali-yuga,
Govardhana will have completely disappeared.
After narrating the wonderful story of Govardhana's appearance, Sunanda
informed Nanda Maharaja that as long as Govardhana Hill and the river Yamuna
remained manifest, Kali-yuga would not take its full effect. Sunanda also
said that anyone who is fortunate enough to hear the description of the
appearance of Govardhana Hill would be freed from all sins.