Gopal Jiu


Enlivening story of Gopal Jiu, the beloved Deity of Gour Govinda Swami. This Deity originally came from Vrindavana in the 17th century. Includes a brief account of the life of Srila Gour Govinda Swami and the fascinating history of his beloved Deity. How Gopal came from Vrindavan, how He foiled an attempt to steal Him, and stories of His servitors for the last three hundred years.


  • How Gopal came from Vrindavan
  • How Gopal foiled an attempt to steal himself
  • Stories of his servitors for the last three hundred years.

The book also contains an essential account of the life of Srila Gour Govinda Swami, his devotional upbringing, his meeting and relationship with Srila Prabhupada, and activities up to his disappearance in Sridham Mayapur in 1996.


Chapter One

Early Years

The village of Gadeigiri is situated in the Jagatsinghpur District of east central Orissa. It is a quiet place much like other small villages in India, consisting mostly of mud
huts with thatched roofs. The residents take their daily bath in the local pond, keep cows, and cook over cow dung fires in the same way their ancestors have done for
thousands of years. The main source of livelihood is rice cultivation and the selling of brass utensils. In front of almost every house one will find a shrine for the sacred
tulasī plant, and it is common to hear the sound of the mahā-mantra: “hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare hare rāma hare rāma rāma rāma hare hare” being sung. The residents of Gadeigiri are very devoted to Gopal. The long-standing tradition in the village is that the first fruit or flower that appears in any garden must be offered to the Gopal deity, and it is understood that by doing this those trees and shrubs will thus give their fruits and flowers abundantly.

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