His Holiness Sacinandana Swami had a very good idea. His suggestion was a retreat at Govardhana, with devotees who were seriously interested in hearing and chanting in a concentated manner. Sacinandana Swami, BHurijana Prabhu and Jagattarini Mataji, were the speakers during the first VIHE Govardhana retreat in 2001.

O f course Gopinatha came with us to Govardhana. [In fact this website was the inspiration of Ekendra Prabhu after reading Gopinatha's story a "scrapbook" prepared to intoduce Gopinatha to the devotees who were present there.

The following year 2002 Gopinatha again seemed eager to attend. This time we brought with us a small portable altar with various pastime settings.


Devotees from around the world attended. We all spent many hours sitting, chanting and hearing Srimad Bhagavatam by the side of Govardhana Hill.


Sacinandana Swami Bhurijana prabhu

We also went on parikrama to different places around Govardhana



Raghava Pandit's cave

Surabhi Kunda
The last day of the retreat was very special.
Everyone received an oportunity to bathe and worship Giriraja personally.
Here Gopinatha also participates in the offerings of flowers and lamps.
The retreat proves to be increasingly popular each following year