Bhaktivedanta Swami Goshala
In 1975, the first cows of the Krishna Balaram Mandir stayed in a spotimmediately next to the temple. Srila Prabhupada directed the devotees to shift the cows to 11 acre plot donated to ISKCON next to the parikrama path, near the Yamuna. This spot eventually became the ISKCON Vrindavan Bhaktivedanta Swami Goshala. Devotees have since learned that this exact area of Vrindavan is referred to in the shastra as “Go Ghat”, the area where Krishna and Balaram would bring the cows to drink, as it was where the bank of the Yamuna was previously located.
The Bhaktivedanta Swami Goshala today protects 370 happy cows, bulls,calves, and oxen. 25 cows are currently being milked by hand for the
exclusive nourishment of the Deities. It is a model Goshala, and expenditure is not spared. Over 6 lahk rupees ($10,000) monthly is spent for maintaining the cows and bulls. They receive the highest quality feed and care.The Goshala employs 30 staff, and has a fully equipped animal hospital with a Doctor visiting daily.
All visitors are welcome. Guests can personally interact with the cows, and everyone is provided with treats to feed them.
A very special feature of the ISKCON Vrindavan Goshala is that the male calves (bulls) are cared for with the same care as young females (cows). In most Goshalas you will find an absence of bulls. As they do not produce milk, they are considered a burden, as tractors have taken over their engagement. Unfortunately it has been found that the male calves born in some Goshalas will be even be sold to an unknown fate.
An exciting development is that ISKCON Vrindavan has recently purchased land for an organic farm that will be used to engage the Goshala bulls in tilling the land for producing grains for the Deities. This will be the fulfillment of the plan of the Goshala to promote the usefulness of father bull to society.
The reference mentioned from the scripture regarding the “Go Ghat” area of Vrindavan also says that anyone who serves the cows in this spot will be directly transferred to Goloka Vrindavan at the time of death.
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