The Vedas also inform us that Govardhana Hill is understood in two
different ways. First, as the greatest devotee of Lord Krishna, and second
as being non-different from Lord Krishna Himself.
As the best servant, Govardhana Hill provides Krishna and Balarama and the
inhabitants of Vrindavan with all the necessities of life. Cool fragrant
drinking water from its many waterfalls, pure honey, mango juice and piIu
juice, wonderful varieties of, herbs, roots, fruits, creepers and fresh
flowers. Govardhana also provides various minerals and precious gems that
the cowherd boys use to decorate Krishna and Balarama and themselves as
This sacred hill also provides deep caves where Krishna and Balarama rest
and take shelter against the rain and the scorching sun. Krishna also enjoys
many intimate loving pastimes with Srimanti Radharani in these caves.v
Govardhana Hill also provides a special kind of soft, fragrant grass that
makes the cows strong and healthy. This grass also helps increase the cow's
milk production, which is used to make pure ghee for the sacrificial fire
and cooking. The milk is also turned into butter, yogurt, cheese and an
amazing variety of milksweets.
Considering that milk is the economic backbone of the inhabitants of
Vrindavan, it is no wonder that Lord Krishna advised the Vrajavasis to stop
the sacrifice to Lord lndra and worship Govardhana Hill instead.
Govardhana Hill also provides Lord Krishna with a stage to perform His
innumerable transcendental loving pastimes with the beautiful damsels of
Vraja and with His cowherd boyfriends.
The Vedas also say that Govardhana Hill is non-different from the Supreme
Personality of Godhead, Lord Krishna Himself. When Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu
visited Vraja in the year 1515, He refused to climb Govardhana Hill because
He saw that Govardhana was non-different from Lord Krishna. At the time of
the annakuta ceremony, Krishna declared that He was nondifferent from
Govardhana Hill Because Govardhana Hill is non-different from Krishna
Himself, the rocks from Govardhana are worshipable just like a Deity of
Krishna. In fact, the stones known as Govardhana-sila do not need to be
installed as they are already considered to be worshipable Deities. Many
great devotees have worshiped these silas from Govardhana Sanatana Gosvami
Raghunatha dasa Gosvami and Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu Himself. Govardhana
Hill should be envisioned to be in the shape of a peacock resting with its
head tucked into its side. Its face is considered to be Kusuma-sarovara, its
neck Manasi-ganga, its mouth Mukharavinda, its two eyes Radha-kunda and
Syama-kunda, the beginning of its tail Balarama Sthali and the end
Punchari-kuunda ( Naval-kunda).