A Visitor’s Reflections.
Vrindavani Briant: My two-month visit from 21 July to 26 September 2016 to New Govardhana dhama wasn’t a trip I originally planned to make. After I visited New Govardhana briefly in April of this year – also an unplanned trip! – the sweetness of the New Govardhana temple and community made me feel compelled to return. With this in mind, I made inquiries into staying at the New Govardhana brahmacharini ashrama and received such a welcoming and encouraging response that I returned to New Govardhana in July for a two-month stay in the ashrama. The residents of New Govardhana dhama are a fortunate bunch. The farm, with its lush hills and clear river and lakes, is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. In addition to the beauty of its scenery, it is blessed with such a loving community of devotees. Although essentially a stranger, I instantly felt like I was part of the New Govardhana family, thanks to the kindness and care showered on me by the devotees. New Govardhana is further exalted by the ultimate blessing, the central focus of everything: Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Govardhanadhari, Sri Sri Krishna Balarama, Sri Sri Gaura Nitai and Sri Giriraja. Thank you to all of the New Govardhana community for allowing me to experience the sweetness of life in New Govardhana, and for your kindness during my stay. Although I have left New Govardhana, a part of my heart remains.