About Us

Welcome to Govardhana Eco Village (GEV), a 70-acre sustainable farming community and retreat center on the foothills of the Sahyadhri Mountains, 108km north of Mumbai, India.

When you visit GEV, you will experience a community that is a successful fusion between ancient Vedic wisdom and modern science.

Our focus at GEV is learning how to live in harmony with the environment, developing a ‘spiritual ecology’ that can bring about tangible, positive changes within ourselves – and how we interact with the planet.

Modernity has introduced advances in science, medicine, and human rights, but it has also led to some serious, long-term negative side effects. Depression, suicide, social marginalization, and religious and gender prejudice are some of these results. Not only are we personally affected, but the earth’s ecology is also ailing because of our imbalanced lifestyles.

In the ancient past, in Vedic times, life was focused on service to the world and its inhabitants – both human and animal – not their exploitation. This was the essence to leading a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

With this positive attitude of nurture and service, GEV showcases this profound principle of ‘simple living, high thinking’, and its relevance in today’s world.

Srila Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), frequently encouraged his disciples to adhere to this principle by developing farm communities for healthful and ecological living.

To help fulfill this desire, his disciple Radhanatha Swami, the spiritual mentor for ISKCON’s center in Chowpatty, envisioned a sustainable farm community in India and inspired his followers to create GEV.

Despite its humble beginnings in 2003, GEV is now an award-winning eco community where the technology of modern science combines with Vedic wisdom. It provides a sustainable solution to the ecological crises we are now facing throughout the world.

At GEV you will experience a life that is socially, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually joyful, based on a sustainable sensitivity to the environment.

We welcome you to explore this world of hope and opportunity soon!

ISKCON

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is a branch of the monotheistic Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition within Hinduism dating back 5000 years to Lord Krishna Himself. ISKCON was established in the West in 1966 by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Srila Prabhupada) and has since developed into a worldwide confederation of over 500 temples, centers, communities, schools, and restaurants.

The mission of this non-sectarian, monotheistic movement is to promote the well-being of society by teaching the science of Krishna consciousness according to Bhagavad-Gita and other ancient scriptures.

ISKCON traces its spiritual lineage directly to the speaker of this sacred book, Lord Krishna, who is revered as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The text teaches that the goal of life is to develop love of God, or Krishna. Love of God is realized through the practice of bhakti-yoga, the science of devotional service.

7 Purposes of ISKCON are
(1) To systematically propagate spiritual knowledge to society at large and to educate all people in the techniques of spiritual life in order to check the imbalance of values in life and to achieve real unity and peace in the world.
(2) To propagate a consciousness of Krishna (God), as it is revealed in the great scriptures of India, Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam.
(3) To bring the members of the Society together with each other and nearer to Krishna, the prime entity, thus developing the idea within the members and humanity at large, that each soul is part and parcel of the quality of Godhead (Krishna).
(4) To teach and encourage the Sankirtan movement (congregational chanting of the holy name of God), as revealed in the teachings of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
(5) To erect for the members and for society at large a holy place of transcendental pastimes dedicated to the personality of Krishna.
(6) To bring the members closer together for the purpose of teaching a simpler, more natural way of life.
(7) With a view towards achieving the aforementioned purposes, to publish and distribute periodicals, magazines, books and other writings.

Leadership

The Govardhan Eco Village team comprises of people from various areas of interests and expertise who have come together and formed a multitalented team for creating a model community. the team comprises of many highly qualified engineers and doctors from some of the best academic institutes of India and world. With a right blend of mature experience and youthful energy, the GEV team comprises of people of wide age groups, all working together with the one aim of creating an alternative way of living for a better tomorrow. This team had been doing extensive research in various aspects of the farm, including many field visits to places where similar principles have been successfully established. Adopting the technology of modern science and the ancient Vedic wisdom this community hopes to provide a truly sustainable solution to the current ecological crisis.

Radhanath Swami

In 1970, at the age of only nineteen, Radhanath Swami left his home in America seeking adventure and spiritual knowledge. After trekking across Europe for months, he reached his long hoped for destination: India. After living there for many years as a Sadhu or wandering monk, he returned to America in order to share the sacred knowledge and wisdom he had learned from the many holy men and women he had met there. He is a disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder Acarya of International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Currently he stays at Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Mandir in South Mumbai. Over the past 20 years he has been guiding several social development projects and a congregation of over 3000 devotees. As a gesture of service to humanity he travels all over the world preaching the message of Bhagavad Gita.

Hrishikesh Mafatlal

Board Member
Mr. Hrishikesh Mafatlal is the Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive of the Arvind Mafatlal Group of Companies (AMG). Mr. Mafatlal has an Honors Degree in Commerce (1975) from the Sydenham College, Mumbai. In 1993, he attended the Advanced Management Programme (AMP) at the Harvard Business School, USA. He is a past President and now a Managing Committee Member of The Millowners’ Association, Mumbai (MOA). He is a Governing Council Member of the N. L. Dalmia Institute of Management Studies & Research. He was a Member on the Board of Governors of IIM Ahmedabad for 12 years (1995 – 2007), and a Vice Chairman of The Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL). He is a Trustee of ShriSadguruSevaSangh Trust as well as BAIF Development Research Foundation.

Sanjiv Maheshwari

Board Member
He possesses over 20 years of experience in Financial planning, Purchasing & Supply Chain Management and has served as Vice President Worldwide Operations & CFO, for Apar Technologies. He has wide exposure in Accounting, Treasury Operations, Management Information Systems and Offshore back-end functions hand has played key role during the integration of Ness and Apar. Currently he is the Project Director of Govardhan Eco-village.

Rajiv Srivastava

Board Member
He has twenty years of Global operating and investing experience in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He has been a venture capitalist and private equity investor from 2006. He has been an investor and active board member in companies like Encora Group BVI, Apar Holding Corp, Cignex Technologies, Suvin Technologies. He has grown and guided couple of his companies through M&A and IPO’s. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a MBA from Mumbai University.

Kushal N Desai

Board Member
He is currently the Managing Director of Apar Industries Ltd. He is also the co-founder and Board Member of Apar Technologies. Kushal possesses a degree in Electrical Engineering and a Business Degree from Wharton School of Business.

Krishnan M Iyer

Board Member and CFO
Krishnan M Iyer is a chartered Accountant and law graduate with over twenty five years of experience in Finance. He retired as the CFO of a multinational corporation in the year 2000 and is now serving full time in ISKCON Chowpatty over seeing the Finances and General Administration. He is also, currently, the CFO of ISKCON Mayapur ToVP project.

Sanat Kumar Das

President
With a vast knowledge and experience in natural living, he is leading the Organic Farming(with award winning techniques),Gurukul(School), Rural Development Program in over 20 villages around GEV. He is working with various organizations like BAIF for the development of rural farmers and is very instrumental in creating many self help groups for the local women. With the help of Bhaktivedanta Hospital, he was instrumental in bringing up a primary Health center in the Hamrapur village. As a part of his educational qualification he holds degrees in B.Com, L.L.B from Bombay University.

Gauranga Das

President
With an undergraduate degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the reputed IIT Mumbai, he is leading the Govardhan Ecovillage Facilities, Nursery and the Green Buildings Construction(CSEB). He has bagged many awards for GEV by presenting the Symbiotic waste management systems followed in GEV in various reputed conferences like CII, SKOCH and FICCI. He is instrumental in bringing up the new Vedic culture and education center in GEV. He is also currently leading the much awaited Vrindavan Biodiversity project at GEV.

 

Our Organisation

Govardhan Ecovillage is a non-profit initiative founded by H.H. Radhanath Swami, a teacher of bhakti-yoga for over 40 years, and student of His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder-acharya of the International Society for Krishna consciousness.

Govardhan Ecovillage Galtare, Hamrapur (P.O),
Wada (Taluka), Palghar (District) – 421303, Maharashtra, India
contactus@ecovillage.org.in (+91) 916-720-4666 (9AM–6PM).

Testimonials

Our team from Bajaj Electricals visited GEV with the intent to contribute by planting trees and we returned with the gifts of learning how to remain humble, provide selfless service, contribute back to the environment. This interdependence needs to be cherished and celebrated. May we continue to partner with GEV for creating an enriching and sustainable society.
Mr. Atul Sharma (Executive President & Head - Human Resources

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