Death in Govardhana eco village

Death in Govardhana eco village

Where did you last time read news report of somebody dying in a car accident? Usual report about car accident death goes like this: “George was driving on the X5 road near the village of Y, he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree. He was then noticed by a bus driver who called ambulance. Ambulance arrived at the scene, and saw George in pretty bad condition, and he was rushed to hospital Z, but before arriving to the hospital, George died. Police release autopsy report which states that concussion to the head was the cause of George’s death.”

This is how normal lethal car accident report looks like.So, as soon as I saw report by regime news portal, of the death of Shyam Vallabh prabhu, things immediately started looking suspicious:

“Left his body in car accident?” Where? What kind of accident? Was he alone in the car? Did he crashed into a truck? Did it happen during day or during night? Was the road slippery due to rain? Did he die on the spot or there was attempt to transfer him to hospital? Complete lack of details makes this death very suspicious.

Suspicious background story

Anonymous ex resident of Govardhana eco village told me that day after the accident all residents of the Govardhana eco village were given “explanation” how Shyam Vallabha prabhu died. They were told the he died within the Govardhana eco village compound in the middle of the night, while driving a golf cart. Golf cart? That slow, funny looking car which has maximum speed of 20 kilometers per hour? Are you kidding me?

To be honest, I never heard in my life that somebody died while driving a golf cart. However, question is, if anonymous report was correct?

Search through the internet, I found confirmation in the comments of dandavats facebook post that he indeed died in Govardana eco village:

The investigation

Ok, it should be easy to get more details about this suspicious death. We will simply send an email to Govardhana eco village management:

Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2018 11:26:08 +0200
Message-ID: <>
Subject: details on the death of Shyama Vallabha prabhu
From: Hanuman das

Please accept my humble obeisances.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

My name is Hanuman das and I am writing you regarding the death of Shyama Vallabha prabhu, disciple of Radhanath Swami.

Officially released information is that he died on February 27th 2018 in a car accident.

Additional info that I received is that he died on the Govardhana eco village property, due to malfunction while driving an electric car in the middle of the night after coming back from meeting with management.

It was an electric car similar to those used by golfers, which means it has maximum speed of no more than 20 km per hour.

Since I find it pretty funny that someone can die on slow electric car used by golfers, can you give me details of the accident.

And please attach the police report, it can be in hindi, I have translators.

your servant,
Hanuman das

Response from Govardhana eco village

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From: Sanat Kumar <>
Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2018 16:04:12 +0530
Message-ID: <>
Subject: Details on HG Shyam Vallabh Pr's accident

Hare Krishna,

Please accept my humble obeisances

All glories to Srila Prabhupada

As requested, here are the details on HG Shyam Vallabh Pr’s tragic accident.

Shyam Vallabh pr was heading our Ayurveda department at GEV. He wanted to expand the facilities so that we can give more authentic ayurvedic treatment to the patients. So as per his guidance renovation work was going on in the existing Ayurvedic facility. Hence temporarily the Ayurveda operations were shifted to guest rooms, which are located on a small hillock. The renovation work was almost complete in new Ayurveda Centre. On the same day we had management meetings about future plans for Ayurveda and other GEV departments.

That night he got a call from a inhouse patient, whom he was giving consultation. So he took the battery-operated vehicle which was parked outside his room to go this patients room. These electric vehicles have been personally purchased by Shyam Vallabh pr for the ayurveda department, as he was familiar with them during his stay in Vrindavan. Each of these electric vehicles have a designated professional driver, but that night instead of calling for the driver he himself took the vehicle.

As he was driving downhill, he misjudged a turn and lost control of the vehicle. He went off-road and the vehicle toppled and landed on top of him. When the watchman on duty heard the noise, he went to that place and saw the accident. He immediately alerted all the security in-charge and other devotees. Devotees gathered and immediately took him to the nearest Medical Centre at Manor.

In that Medical Centre Shyam Vallabh pr was conscious and he also inquired what injections are being administered and allowed them to proceed with the treatment. But the doctor later told that we need to take him to a bigger hospital with facilities to handle such emergencies. Then the devotees accompanying him decided to take him to Bhaktivedanta hospital. But unfortunately, on the way he passed away due to internal injuries and bleeding.

Hope this clarifies.

Your Servant

Sanat Kumar Das

Memorial service

Here is a video of memorial service which lasted from two and a half hours:


Leadership of the Govardhana Eco Village responded on my query about this incident and thus shown their transparency. after all the horrors in New Vrindavan, this is proper way forward.