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Govardhan Eco Village
Govardhan Eco Village (GEV) is a farm community in the Wikipedia:Thane district in the state of Wikipedia:Maharashtra, India India (WP) 110 km North of [Mumbai] in [Western India]. Started in 2002 as a sustainable farm project, GEV today houses more than 200 people working in the areas of Wikipedia:organic farming, cow protection, alternative energy (WP) systems development, Vedic educational systems, cottage industries and rural development (WP). The purpose of Govardhan Eco Village is to highlight the importance of living in harmony with nature.
GEV is a farm project of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Wikipedia:ISKCON, Founder Acarya His Divine Grace His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada). GEV is developing under the guidance & inspiration of Radhanath Swami. Nestled in the village of Galtare, GEV spans over 58 acres near the famous Wikipedia:Vaitarna river at the foot hills of Kohoj Mountain. Legend has it that the famous Maratha king, Chatrapati Shivaji, took refuge on top of this mountain when attacked by his enemies. Whether this was the exact spot or not, the hill fort on its crest was among those ceded to his equally famous adversary Jai Sing I, in the Treaty of Purandhar Even today one can find ruins of the fort built by Shivaji on top of the mountain. There are also ruins of some ancient Hindu temples on the top.
Over the years, GEV has reported development in various fields of activity ranging from farming to education. The following is a brief overview of their activities.
Much of the agricultural practices today are directly or indirectly based on petroleum. With the growing oil crisis, farmers all over the world are now shifting their attention towards organic farming (WP). GEV has been focusing on blending the traditional Indian agricultural techniques like usage of native seeds, bull powered tractors etc., along with some of the modern practices like drip irrigation.
GEV has been conducting various developmental activities in the near by villages by setting up regular educational programs on various techniques of farming. Joining hands with Bhaktivedanta Hospital  GEV has been offering health care services to the villagers.
At the present moment GEV has a 30 kWÂ·h Biogas powerplant (Wikipedia:Anaerobic digestion), which reportedly will be upgraded to 150 kWÂ·h capacity. It also employs solar power based energy systems. Animal driven prime movers(ADPM) are a novel feature here.
Cows are of course considered sacred in India, and not only inspire reverence due to religious sentiments, but earn respect for their utility in milk production and manure generation. Bulls are used as draught animals, a traditional farming practice common in India.
A large number of cottage industry products are developed in GEV providing employment and empowerment to the rural women. The areas of interest include Food products, Flori-culture, lifestyle consumables like tooth powder, soap powder, etc.
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