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Once, in the course of his wanderings, PulastyaṚṣi reached Droṇācala Hill. The son of Droṇācala, Govardhana, was very beautiful, fragrant, smooth, and full of luxuriant, green trees and creepers. PulastyaṚṣi desired to bring this Govardhana to his place of residence, Kāśī, because there was no such hill in Kāśī on which he could peacefully perform

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According to the Ādi-varāha Purāṇa, during the advent of Śrī Rāmacandra, monkeys and bears all brought large rocks and stones from many places to construct a bridge across the ocean. Hanumān also received the order from Śrī Rāmacandra to help build the bridge. Hanumān uprooted Govardhana from Uttarāṣcala, but while carrying him to the ocean

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Kṛṣṇa lifted Govardhana and held him aloft for seven days on His finger, as an elephant would lift a lotus flower with its trunk. A man cannot do this, but Kṛṣṇa did it; and He was smiling and sometimes playing His flute. He was in a dancing mood, in a threefold-bending position. All the cowherd

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Once, on the bank of Govinda-kuṇḍa, Śrī Bhāgurī Ṛṣi was performing a sacrifice for the pleasure of the Supreme Lord. The cowherd boys and girls were bringing ingredients for the sacrifice from distant places. From the other side of Dāna-ghāṭī, Śrīmatī Rādhikā and Her sakhīs were also bringing yoghurt, milk, butter and various kinds of

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At this dāna-ghāṭī, Śrī Kṛsṇa and His gopa friends would become tax collectors and demand milk, yoghurt and butter as toll-tax from the gopīs. When the gopīs refused to give any tax, Kṛsṇa would forcibly plunder and relish their milk products. The gopīs, being tired of these daily encounters, decided one day to retaliate strongly.

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The cowherd girls told Krsna, “This property belongs to Srimati Radharani, Vrndavana’s queen, and for the audacious behavior that You exhibited by taxing us the other day, You will have to be punished. Krsna, You must bow down to Srimati Radharani’s lotus feet and beg Her forgiveness.” Seeing that there was no other way out,

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One morning, Śrīmatī Rādhikā and Her sakhīs arrived on the bank of Kusuma Sarovara to pick the fragrant flowers that bloomed here in abundance, such as belī, camelī, jūhī, kanera and campaka. Seeing a branch full of flowers, Śrīmatī Rādhikā pulled it down with one hand and started picking its flowers with the other. Knowing

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Śrīmatī Rādhikā became absorbed in picking flowers from that branch when Kṛṣṇa suddenly shifted to another branch. At once, the first branch sprung up, lifting up Śrīmatī Rādhikā with it. The startled Śrīmatī Rādhikā cried out for help.                 (Sri Vraja Mandala Parikrama, Chapter 7, Kusuma Sarovara)

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