Gokuldham is a model Vedic village community project developed by ISKCON Belgaum under the guidance of Bhakti Rasamrita Swami Maharaj spread over 450 acres of land nestled in the beautiful Sahyadri Hills at a distance of 40 kms from Belgaum. The purpose for setting up Gokuldham was to recreate an ideal, self-sufficient Vedic village where a spirit of co-operation is nurtured, hard-work is encouraged and above all residents are taught to be sensitive to the environment around them. Such a spirit of co-operation, harmony and sensitivity to local environment and culture is missing in today’s highly competitive and globalized world where people increasingly find themselves enslaved by consumerism and increasing material wants and desires. Gokuldham is based on the economic principle of using only what is locally produced and producing only what is needed which was Srila Prabhupada’s simple principle of self-sufficiency. In such an environment, it is possible to understand and practice the higher goal of life by keeping the Supreme Lord Sri Krsna in the centre of all activities.
Propagating the principle of “ Simple living and high thinking”, Gokuldham is built on the lines of an ancient Vedic village using locally available natural materials including bamboo, straw, cow dung etc. The residents of Gokuldham are engaged in organic farming, protecting various indigenous breeds of cowsand developing various medicines and other products from cow dung and urine, cottage industries such as production of “ahimsa” silk, pottery and carpentry.