Bhaktivedanta Swami Goshala
In 1976, Srila Prabhupada established the Bhaktivedanta Swami Goshala at Sri Krishna Balaram Mandir in Raman Reti, Vrindavan. Raman Reti , the land of pleasing sands, is famous as the place where Krishna and Balaram wandered along the banks of the Yamuna river with Their cows. The Bhaktivedanta Swami Goshala is located directly on the Vrindavan Parikrama Path just a seven minute walk from the temple.
The Goshala has provided pure cows milk for the service of our Deities and for the devotees since 1976. Initially there were only 10 milking cows and now the herd has grown to over 380 cows, bulls and calfs. At ISKCON Vrindavan we are working hard to serve the noble cause of cow protection. At the When they grow old and become “unproductive”, they are never abandoned or sold to slaughter houses (a widespread common practice these days). Rather they are retired at the Goshala and in the same loving atmosphere they grow old and die a natural death. It is difficult to financially maintain so many animals since only a small number of the herd produces milk. Adequate space, shelter and food are a growing challenge.
Over and above maintenance, there is a pressing need for more land to allow the animals to graze as well as to produce more food for them. Vrindavan nowadays has become urbanized leaving little chance for cows to wander freely as they did when Krishna and Balaram were personally present.
By pleasing the cows and bulls in Vrindavan you simultaneously please Krishna and Balaram. You virtually become one of Their gopas and gopis as you help care for Their beloved cows. Your service to the cows gradually qualifies you to serve Krishna and Balaram in Goloka Vrindavan along with Their Surabhi cows.
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