Vraja Mandala Darsana - Vraja Mandala Parikrama 2019
Vraja Maṇḍala Darśana has thirty chapters, one for each day of the parikramā. In this way, it will take you on the month-long journey with the parikramā party, giving you a feel for what it’s like to walk – the pace, the sights, the sounds, and the smells of Vraja. You’ll also taste the morning and evening programs and perhaps even the kīrtanas and prasāda, and you’ll likely feel the pain of blisters – all peppered with realizations from the pilgrims in the field. Furthermore, whenever we reach a pastime place, we will tell you about what happened there, referencing the writings of Śrīla Prabhupāda and the previous ācāryas. And we have included route maps. There is so much nectar to be heard on Vraja-maṇḍala parikramā! In Vraja-maṇḍala Darśana we touch on the essential while hoping to arouse your interest in transcendental events that span the millennia. And we try to deepen your appreciation not just of the Lord’s pastimes but of our Gauḍīya paramparā’s contribution and service to Vraja-dhāma. We hope those unable to travel to Vṛndāvana for the Vraja-maṇḍala parikramā will use this book to become connected by mind and heart to the parikramā party. Vraja-maṇḍala Darśana is written like a thirty-day journal, so you can read a chapter a day as part of your Kārttika sādhana no matter where you are in the world. Additionally, if reading this book inspires you to join the parikramā one Kārttika.
We shall consider our endeavor a resounding success. May this book facilitate your absorption in Vraja-dhāma.
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VRAJA MANDALA PARIKRAMA 2019
THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME PLACES IN THE PARIKRAMA MARG
Krishna-Balaram Vriksa : At Ramanreti in Vrindavan, a Yamajtree stands on the Parikrama Marg and it is called Krishna-Balaram-vriksa. Its root is one, but trunks are two. One trunk iswhite and another is dark.
Varaha Ghat : The Varaha Ghat is 0.5 km ahead from Krishna-Balaram Vriksa. At this place, Lord Sri Krshna showed His formof Varaha to His friends, the Gopas. Previously, River Yamunaflowed through this ghat. In the Gautama’s ashram located here,the deity of Varaha Deva is worshipped.
Madan Ter : Ahead of Varaha Ghat on the right side of theParikrama Marg is the place Madan Ter. Once Krishna was playingwith the Gopis when Madan came to Vrindavan and tried to attractLord Krishna and influence Him. Nevertheless, seeing the mostattractive, distinguished and beautiful transcendental form ofKrishna, he himself was so attracted to Krishna that he fainted!This pastime of Lord Krishna happened at Madan Ter. Krishna isknown as Madan Mohan, one who attracts even the Cupid.
Kaliya Ghat : Approximately 1 km ahead of Madan Ter is KaliyaGhat located on the right of Parikrama Marg. This is also calledKaliya-Hrada. This is a bathing ghat on the bank of River Yamuna,but now Yamuna has gone away from here. Kaliya serpent wasliving here in Yamuna. Krishna playfully subdued Kaliya bydancing upon his heads. A old Kadamba tree stands here. TheKadamba tree is believed to be the same from which Krishnajumped off to chastise Kaliya. This Kadamba tree is at least fivethousand years old and it witnessed the pastimes of Krishna.
Madan Mohan Mandir : Moving ahead a little bit from KaliyaGhat through the Parikrama Marg, we reach the Madan MohanMandir, located on the right side. Established by SanatanaGoswami, it is one of the seven temples built in Vrindavan by theGoswamis, the followers of Lord Chaitanya. The original MadanMohan Deity was discovered by Advaita Acarya and he laterentrusted it to his disciple, Purusottama Chaube, who later gaveit to Sanatana Goswami, who installed it in this Temple. The original Deities were moved from Vrindavan to Jaipur to Karoliin Rajasthan.
Sanatana Goswami’s Samadhi : Sanatana Goswami’s samadhiis behind the courtyard of the Madan Mohan Mandir. Behind thesamadhi is the Granth Samadhi, which contains some of theoriginal manuscripts of the Goswamis.
Imlitala : Near the Chir Ghat on the bank of Yamuna is Imlitala,where stands an old imli vriksh. About 500 years ago, SriChaitanya Mahaprabhu performed japa and took darshan ofYamuna sitting below this tree.
Shringar Vat : Close to Imlitala is the place known as ShringarGhat.
Chir Ghat : On the bank of Yamuna lies one of the most importantbathing places known as Chir Ghat. Here, Krishna had once stolethe garments of the Gopis.
Keshi Ghat : Ahead of Chir Ghat on the east is Keshi Ghat. It isthe most important bathing ghat of Vrindavan. Here, Lord Krishnakilled the demon Keshi, who came as a horse.
Dhir Samir : Ahead on the east of Keshi Ghat lies Dhir Samir,where Krishna played flute climbing on the vamshivata.Influenced by listening to the sweet music of His flute, Yamunastood still, wind did not blow, and birds stopped chirping.Jagannath Mandir : In the Parikrama Marg, on the east of DhirSamir, there is an old Jagannath Mandir.
Chaitanya Kuti : Close to Pani Ghat lies Chaitanya kuti, a famousplace for the followers of Gaudiya Vaisnavas. With great honour,the devotees are served here. The Vaisnavas here enthusiasticallyengage in bhajan always.
Shyama Kuti : This is a famous small temple.
Chaitanya Vat : In the Parikrama Marg, there is an old vatavriksa.Chaitanya Mahaprabhu rested at the shade of this tree andtherefore this place is also called Chaitanya Baithak.
Gore Dauji : Located 0.5 km east of Atalla Chungi on theParikrama Marg is Dauji Temple, where a beautiful Deity of Dauji(Lord Balaram) is installed. Here, Vaisnav devotees are welcomedand treated well. Together with the temple is a big goshala as well.
Atalla Chungi : The conjoining place of Vrindavan ParikramaMarg and Vrindavan-Mathura Marg is called Atalla Chungi andit is located on the southern end of Vrindavan.
Radheshyam Kup : Along the Parikrama Marg at Ramanreti,there is an old well and it is known as Radheshyam Kup.
VRINDAVAN TO MATHURA
Krishna-Balaram Mandir : This temple is located at Ramanretiin Vrindavan. His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder Acarya of ISKCON, established it in1975. The Deities installed in the three altars of the temple are Gaur-Nitai, Krishna-Balaram and Radha-Shyamsundar. There is a tamala tree inside the temple courtyard. This is the most important among the world famous ISKCON Temples. In the complex, a guest house and a school also exist.
Bhataron (Yajna Patni Sthal) : This place is located 1 km south of the Gore Dauji Mandir. The beautiful temple here is built on ahill side.
While herding the cows, Krishna along with His cowherd friends came here once. They were very hungry, and told this to Krishna. Krishna asked His friends to go and beg for some food from the brahmanas performing a sacrifice nearby. The cowherd boys went there and begged for food, but the brahmanas refused to oblige. The cowherd boys returned disappointed to Krishna. Krishna asked the boys to go again and beg food from the wives of the brahmanas. Krishna’s friends went to the brahmanas’ wives and as soon as they heard the request of Krishna, the wives of the brahmanas filled many pots with a variety of delicious food andrushed here to feed Krishna and his friends. This is the place, where the brahmanas’ wives fed the Lord.
Akrura Ghat : On the bank of Yamuna, 1 km east of the Vrindavan-Mathura Road between Vrindavan and Mathura, the Akrura Ghat is located. A small temple remains here in which the Deities of Krishna, Balaram and Akrura are established. River Yamuna used to flow close to the temple, but now re-coursed herroute a bit far.
Akrura came to Nandgram to bring Krishna and Balaram to Mathura. On his way back to Mathura along with Krishna and Balaram, Akrura stopped here on the bank of Yamuna. Akrura entered in the water of Yamuna to bathe while Krishna and Balaram were seated on the chariot. As Akrura took a dip, he saw Krishna in the form of Mahavishnu and Balaram as Ananta Sesa in the water.
When Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu came at Vrindavan, He spent His nights here at Akrura Ghat.
Gita Mandir / Birla Mandir: While entering from the north, the Birla Mandir can be seen. A beautiful Deity of Lord Sri Krishna is established in the temple and it was built by the Birla family.
Mathura : aho madhupuri dhanya vaikunthac-ca gariyasi dinam-ekam nivasena harau bhaktih prajayate “The glory of Mathura is superior to Vaikuntha, where even if a person lives for a day, he will develop bhakti to Lord Hari.” The Lord is always present in Mathura : The city of Mathura is the centre of Vraj and it is located on the Delhi-Agra national highway approximately 145 km south-east of Delhi and 55 km north-west of Agra on the western bank of Yamuna. The city was established by Shatrughna, the younger brother of Lord Ramachandra. For long, the city remained as the capital of theYadus and it is where Lord Krishna took birth. Mathura, is 10 km south of Vrindavan. It is the birthplace of Krishna
Vishram Ghat : This most famous ghat is located on the westbank of Yamuna near the Dwarakadhisha Mandir.
After killing Kamsa, Krishna and Balaram came here and tookrest. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu also took bath here.
Yamuna-Yamaraj Mandir : This is a small temple at VishramGhat. The deities of Yamuna Devi and her brother Yamaraj areinstalled by Vajranabha, the great grandson of Krishna.
Dwarakadhisha Mandir : This is a very famous temple locatedclose to Vishram Ghat.
Sveta Varaha Mandir : This is an old temple located behind theDwarakadhisha temple.
Pippaleshwar Mandir : Close to the south of Vishram Ghat isthe small temple of Pippaleshwar Mahadev. Four main Shivalingasprotect Mathura from the four sides and this linga is theprotector of Mathura’s eastern quarter. It is said that the sagePippalada was saved by Lord Siva and therefore this Siva-lingagot the name Pippaleshwara.
Bengali Ghat : This is located on the south of Vishram Ghat.
Dhruva Ghat : On the south of Bengali Ghat is this ghat. Withthe mercy of Narada Muni, Dhruva Maharaja was instructed athis tender age of five to go to the forest of Madhuvan and performausterities. During his stay in Madhuvan, he came to take bath here in Yamuna.
Sapta Rishis Mandir : On the south of Dhruva Ghat is the templeof the Sapta Rshis. The seven great sages performed austeritieshere and their deities are in the temple.
Kubja Mandir (Kupa) : This is the house of Kubja, whereKrishna came to fulfill His promise to visit her and accept herofferings. There is also a sacred well also.
Rangeshwar Mahadeva Mandir : On the west of Kubja Mandiris located the Rangeswar Mahadeva Mandir. Kamsa worshippedthe Shiva-linga here before the wrestling match. Rangeswar isthe Southern protector of Mathura. This is the famous temple ofShiva in Mathura.
Rang Bhumi / Kamsa Tila : This is located very close to thewest of Rangeswar Mahadeva Mandir. Here Krishna and Balaramkilled Chanura and Mustika and Kamsa.
Keshava Gaudiya Math : Near to Kamsa Tila on the south liesthis temple. In this Math, Srila Prabhupada took sannyasa fromSrila Bhakti Prajnana Keshava Maharaj. On the altar of the templeis a Deity of Lord Chaitanya, which was personally donated by Srila Prabhupada. This is a very important place to practiceKrishna-bhakti.
Bhuteshwar Mahadev Mandir : This temple is 0.5 km south ofSri Krishna Janmasthan. This is one of the famous Shiva-lingasestablished by Vajranabha.
Sri Krishna Janma Bhumi : This is the birth place of Lord SriKrishna. Here, the Lord appeared in the prison house of Kamsaas the son of Devaki and Vasudev at midnight.
Kesavadeva Mandir : This temple is at Janmasthan.This is whereVajranabha, Krishna’s great-grandson, built the first temple. Here,Kesavadeva was the presiding Deity and in the new temple, abeautiful Deity of Lord Krishna is installed.
Bhagavata Bhavan : This is a magnanimous temple extensivelybuilt. On its walls and ceilings are wonderful paintings andcarvings depicting the lilas of Krishna. The main temple atJanmasthan is famous as the Bhagavata Bhavan.
Jaya Gurudev Mandir : On the south of Mathura beside theDelhi-Agra national highwaythis vast temple is located.
Dhruva Tila : This place is located 1 km south-east of JayaGurudev Mandir. There is a small hill surrounded by bushes andtrees, where Dhruva Maharaj performed austerities and attaineddarsana of Lord Vishnu. On the top of the hill lies the temple andon its altar, the Deities of Lord Narayana, Dhruva Maharaja andNarada Muni are established.
Maholi Village : Maholi village is on the south-west of DhruvaTila Parikrama stay in this village. This is Madhuvan, one of thetwelve celebrated forests of Vraj.In treta-yuga, the brahmanas and sages of this area were disturbedby Lavanasura, the son of the demon Madhu, and they prayed toLord Ramacandra for protection. He sent His brother Shatrughna,who killed Lavanasura and established his capital in Mathura.
Krishna Kunda : In this village Maholi, Krishna Kunda is situated.The kunda became manifested by Lord Krishna strikingHis fluteon the ground to get water for His cows.
Balaram Mandir : On the northern bank of Krishna Kunda is thistemple and a beautiful dark Deity of Lord Balaram is installedhere.
Shatrughna Mandir : This is a small temple in the Maholi villageand the Vrajavasis worship the Deity of Shatrughna in it.
Vallabhacharya Baithak : On the southern bank of Krishna Kunda is the seat of Vallabhacharya.
MADHUVAN TO SHANTANU KUND
Talavan / Tarasi : The small village of Talavan is located 5 kmsouth of Madhuvan and it is called Tarasi. This is also one of thetwelve forests of Vraj and it is here that Lord Balarama killedDhenukasura.
Sankarsana Kunda : This kunda is located on the outskirts of thevillage of Tarasi / Talavan on the west. By the side of the kunda isthe Sankarsana Mandir. Lord Balaram’s Deity is worshipped inthis temple and it was installed by Vajranabha.
Kumudvan : This village lies 3 km on the west of Talavan.Kumudvan is the smallest of the twelve forests of Vraj. Kumudmeans lily or lotus.
Padma Kunda : This kunda is in the Kumudvan village on its north.On the bank of this kunda is a temple for Lord Kapila. Thousandsof years ago, Kapila Muni performed penance and austerities onthe side of the Padma Kund. The Varaha Purana says that anyonetakes bath in this kunda will earn Vedic wisdom.
Shantanu Kunda : This is located on the Mathura-GovardhanMarg 5 km on the west of Mathura in the Satoya village. MaharajaShantanu performed austerities here to receive a son. In the middleof the Kunda, a temple stands on a small mound. The name of theDeity is Shantanu Bihari Krishna. Many childless couples comehere to pray for progeny.
SHANTANU KUNDA TO RADHA KUNDA
Ganeshara : Ganeshara village is 2 Km north of Shantanu kunda on the way to Bati. During Lord Krishna’s pastimes, the Vrajavasis grew fragrant, colourful flowers in this area. Here, Lord Krishna anointed His body with yellow clay.
Gandharva Kunda : Gandharva Kund is located in the Ganeshara village. The Gandharvas and celestial musicians from heavenly planets frequented the kunda and took bath in it Khechari : On the north-west of Ganeshara is the Khechari village. There is a small temple of Hanumanji in this village. This is the birth place of Putana. Khechari refers to a female who can fly in the sky.
Bati / Bahulavan : Bahulavan is known as Bati. It is 1 km northwest of Khechari. Bahulavan / Bati are one of the twelve forests of Vraj. This forest is known after a truthful cow named Bahula celebrated in Vraj. Once Dharmaraja disguised as a lion approached Bahula and said, “I want to eat you.” Bahula pleaded, “Please let me first feed my newborn calf and I will return soon.” The lion agreed and Bahula went to feed her baby. When Bahula returned, she had the darshan of Lord Krishna and Dharmaraja stood in place of the lion.
Bahula Mandir / Bahula Kunda : In the midst of the Bati village, the Bahula Kunda or Krishna Kunda is located. On the southern bank of the Kund, there is a small temple dedicated to the cow, Bahula, and her deity is installed in it.
Ral : This village is comparatively large and famous in Vraj and located 8 Km on the north-east of Radhakund on Vrindavan- Radhakund road.
Vihara Van : Near Ral village is the Vihar Van. Srimati Radharani and Sri Krishna met here often during their stay at Basonti and Chatikara respectively.
Basanti : This village is located 4 km before Radhakund on the Vrindavan-Radhakund Road. Before Vrishabhanu came to live at Barsana, he stayed here for a few years with Radharani.
Mukharai : This village is located 2 km on the south-east of Radhakund. This is the village of the nani of Radharani-Mukharai. Kirtida lived here in her childhood. This is 1 km away on the left side of the main road.
Radha Kunda : This is the most important kunda in Vraj and it is known after Radharani.
After killing Arista, a demon came disguised as a bull; the Gopis told Krishna that for killing a bull, the symbol of religion, He should atone by bathing in all sacred rivers. Krishna cleverly dug His lotus foot into the ground and it became a large Kunda, and called on all sacred rivers to fill it. They appeared before the Lord and filled up the kunda with their holy waters and it is called Shyama-kunda. Krishna took bath in the kunda and said to them,
“All of you should bath in this Kunda.” However, Radharani, and Her Gopi friends refused to bath in Shyama Kunda and they broke their bangles and dug a kund using the broken pieces and it came to be called Radha-kunda. In due course of time, The location of Radha-kunda became unknown to people. When Caitanya Mahaprabhu came to Vraja, He discovered Radha-kunda and later it was renovated by Raghunath Das Goswami.
Of all devotees, Govardhan was the best. This hill supplied Krishna and Balaram as well as their calves, cows and cowherd friends with all necessities such as sweet water for drinking, tender grass, caves, fruits, flowers and vegetables. Thus the hill offered services to the Lord. Touched by the tender lotus feet of Krishna and Balaram, Govardhan Hill appears very jubilant.
Kusum Sarovar : This is a large and beautiful kund on the Parikrama Marg of Giriraj ap-proximately 2km south of Radhakund. Here, the Gopis picked up flowers for Krishna.
Ashok Lata : Ashok Lata is a kunj situated near Kusum Sarovar. In this kunj, Lord Krishna braided Srimati Radharani’s hair.
Uddhava Mandir : There is a small temple on the south-west bank of Kusum Sarovar dedi-cated to Uddhava. Uddhava remains here in the form of grass.
Narad Kunda : This is a beautiful kund on the left side of the Parikarama Marg. Narada Muni wrote the Narada-bhakti-sutra here.
Manasi Ganga : At the middle of the Govardhan village, the Manasi Ganga is situated. Af-ter Lord Krishna killed Vatsasura, His friends told Him to bathe in the waters of Ganga for purification. Unwilling to travel a long distance, Krishna brought Manasi Ganga here and took bath in it.
Haridev Mandir : Haridev Mandir is located on the southern bank of Manasi Ganga. The temple is made of red rock. Haridev is one of the four presiding Deities in Vraj. It is a fam-ous temple in Govardhan village. Later, the Deity was moved elsewhere fearing the con-quest of the Yavanas. People take darshan of Haridev during the Govardhan parikrama. The Deity is said to have been installed by Vajranabha.
Brahma Kunda : After Brahma stole the calves and Gopas (cowherd boys), Lord Krishna expanded Himself to assume the calves’ and boys’ forms exactly identical to them. Lord Brahma permanently resides here. Bilvamangala Thakura performed austerities here. Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Lord Nityananda Prabhu visited and rested on the banks of Brahma kunda.
Chakra Tirtha : The Chakra Tirtha is on the bank of Manasi Ganga. The Chakra Tirtha was created when Indra tried to devastate the whole of Vraja with pouring torrential rains. For the entire seven days, Krishna held the hill up and His Sudarshan Chakra generated immense heat of many suns rising up in the sky dried up the flood water.
Danaghati : Danaghati is located at the middle of the Govardhan Village. Here, Lord Krishna begged for milk and yogurt from the Gopis.
Aniyor : This village is located 3 km south of Danaghati on the Govardhan Parikrama Marg by the eastern side of Giriraj. Here, the Vrajavasis at first offered bhoga to Giriraj.
Sankarshana Kunda : Outside the Anyor village is this Kunda. Near to it at Sringar Sthali, Madhavendra Puri found the Deity of Gopal.
Narayana Sarovar : There was a Kadamba tree here before and it was here, that Krishna entered in a cave and lifted up Govardhan Hill.
Govinda Kunda : This kunda is located near the Aniyor village on its south. Here, Indra worshipped Lord Krishna and performed His abhiseka after the lifting of the Govardhan Hill. This kunda was filled with the water from that abhiseka of the Lord. While Madhavendra Puri was living at Govinda-kunda, a beautiful dark boy came near and gave him a pot of milk. Later in a dream, the same boy came and told him where the Deity of Gopal was hidden in a nearby kunj.
Luk Luk Dauji : On the south of Govind Kund and on the top of Giriraj the Luk Luk Dauji temple is there. Devotees don’t go to this temple.
Punchari : This village is in Rajasthan. Punchari is the southern tip of Govardhan Hill. Here, Lord Krishna performed the rasa dance .
Lautha Baba Mandir : On the Govardhan parikrama near the Punchari village is this tem-ple of Lautha Baba. When Akrura took Sri Krishna to Mathura, Lautha, one of Krishna’s friends, asked Him when He would return. Krishna told him He would come soon. Lautha did eat or drink until He returned. Then he arrived at this place and sat down. Lautha Baba still awaiting Krishna here. This is a beautiful temple and in it the deity of Lautha Baba is established. Mathura, Lautha, one of Krishna’s friends, asked Him when He would return. Krishna told him He would come soon. Lautha did not eat or drink until He returned. Then he arrived at this place and sat down. Lautha Baba is still awaiting Krishna here. This is a beautiful temple and in it, the deity of Lautha Baba is established.
Navala Kunda And Apsara-Kunda : The Apsara Kunda is located 100 m away on the north-east of Lautha Baba Mandir. Near to Apsara Kunda is Naval Kunda. Here, Lord Krishna performed rasa dance with the Apsaras.
Shyam Dhak : This is approximately 2 km away from the Parikrama Marg. This is a small forest where Krishna played with the cowherd boys. Near to this is the Gopi Sagara Kunda, where Krishna enjoyed with the Gopis. Parikrama does not touch this place.
Raghava Pandit Gupha : On the north of Apsara Kund is the cave of Raghava Pandit (a close associate of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu), who performed bhajan in this cave. He knew mostof Krishna’s pastimes in Vraja.
Surabhi Kunda& Airavat Kunda : These two kundas are at close proximity and located approximately 1.5 km from Lautha Baba Mandir. Indra, together with Surabhi and Airavat, came here to plead for forgiveness from Krishna. Yatipura : This is a village on the Parikrama Marg path approximately 3km south of Go-vardhan village on western side of Giriraj. Yatipura is named after Madhavendra Puri, who lived here during his visit to Vraja. Yati means a sannyasi and pura means village.
Here is the prime mukharvind of Giriraj where bhoga is offered.
Govardhan : The new Govardhan village is 3km from Yatipura on the north on the Pari-krama Marg.
Uddhava Kund : This is a small and beautiful kund located 3km from Govardhan on the Parikrama Marg. Uddhava lives here forever as a grass.
Radha Kunj Bihari Mandir : This temple was founded by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati in 1935. The puspa-samadhi of Gaura Kishora Das Babaji is located here.
Among the dear Gopis, Radharani is dearest to Krishna. This kunda is a delight to Krishna like Radharani. Taking bath once in thisKunda, bhakti will arouse soon.
Raghunath Das Goswami’s Samadhi : On the northern bank ofRadha Kunda is this samadhi. Raghunath Das Goswami lived inthis place. For many years, akhanda-kirtan (non-stop kirtan) goeson here.
Radha Gopinath Mandir : This temple is close to SrilaRaghunath Das Goswami’s Samadhi. This is where SrimatiJahnavi saw Gopinath. Originally, Vajranabha installed these Deities in Vrindavan and later Madhu Pandit Goswami worshippedthem.
Jahnava Ghat : Jahnava Ghat is located on the northern bank ofRadha Kunda. This is Jahnava Devi’s bathing place.
Shyama Kunda : Krishna dug Shyam Kunda with his foot. It is eastside of Radha Kunda.
Manasa Pavana Ghat : This ghat is on the north-west bank ofShyama Kunda. Radharani would take bath in Shyama Kunda on thisghat.
Pancha Pandavas : This is located on the northern bank of Shyama Kunda near the Manasa Pavana Ghat. The Pancha Pandavas dwellhere as trees. When Raghunath Das Goswami was excavatingShyama Kunda Maharaja Yudhisthira appeared in a dream and toldhim not to cut down the trees beside Shyama kunda since they existthere as trees and perform bhajan. One among them is visiblenow, but dried up.
Raghunath Das Goswami’s Bhajan Kuti : In this bhajan kuti,Raghunath Das Goswami described the glorious pastimes of LordCaitanya Mahaprabhu every day. He lived at Radha-kunda formore than forty years.
Krishna Das Kaviraj’s Bhajan Kuti : This is between the northof Shyama Kunda and east of Radha Kund. Here, Krishna DasKaviraj wrote the Caitanya Caritamrita.
Three Goswamis’ Samadhis : Three Goswamis- RaghunathBhatt Goswami , Raghunath Das Goswami, and Krishna DasKaviraj Goswami left this world on the same day, in differentyears. Their samadhis are here.
Gopal Bhatt Goswami’s Bhajan Kuti : Sri Gopal BhattGoswami was born in a village near Sri Rangam. He performedbhajan in Vraj for 45 years, mainly at Radhakund. He compiledsome books as well while living here. His bhajan kuti is nearRadha-kunda.
Radha Govinda Dev Mandir : This temple is on the right sideof the Parikrama Marg. The original Deity of Govindadev wasinstalled nearly 5000 years ago by Vajranabha. Lost for years, Govindadev appeared to Rupa Goswami in a dream and revealedthe whereabouts of the hidden Deity. Govindadev was laterbrought to Jaipur in Rajasthan. During the transit preparations, the Deity was kept safely at Radha-kund. The Deity here now isthe replica of its original at Jaipur.
Govardhan Jihva Mandir : Raghunath Das Goswami decidedto dig a well and when the diggers partly dug down, they struck arock and blood flowed from it. That night, in a dream, it was revealed to Raghunath Das Goswami that the stone was the tongueof Govardhan. The same stone is established in this temple.
Bhaktivinod Thakur & Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati’s BhajanKuti : Bhaktivinoda Thakur’s house was used as a bhajan kuti.Their puspa-samadhis are also here. This is located a bit away from the Parikrama Marg on the left, towards the north.
Jagannath Mandir : This is an ancient temple of Lord Jagannathon the Parikarama Marg.
Jiva Goswami’s Bhajan Kuti : Sri Jiva Goswami stayed herewhen he visited Radhakund. This is located near Lalita Kund onthe northern bank of Shyamkund on the right of Parikrama Marg.
Lalita Kunda : Moving a little ahead of Jiva Goswami’s BhajanKuti, we reach Lalita Kund. This is the kund of Lalita. LalitaSakhi is one of eight sakhi of Radharani. This is on the left ofParikrama Marg. The temple of Lalita sakhi is on the bank of thiskunda.
Madhavendra Puri’s Baithak : This is Madhavendra Puri’ssitting place on the eastern bank of Shyama Kunda. This is locatedon the eastern bank of Shyama Kunda and on the right of the Parikrama Marg.
Gopi Kupa : This is an ancient well from where the tongue ofGovardhana was found while digging. This is on the east ofShyama Kunda on the Parikrama Marg. In a small temple here, thefootprints of Caitanya Mahaprabhu can be seen.
Ashtasakhi Mandir : On the eastern bank of Shyama Kunda, theAshtasakhi Mandir is located.
Tamal Tala : This is on the south-eastern bank of Shyama Kunda.There was a tamal tree here and under its shade, Sri CaitanyaMahaprabhu had sat down and chanted.
Sangam : This is the meeting point of Radha Kunda andShyama Kunda.
Nityananda Bhaithak : This is the sitting place of Lord Nityananda Prabhu. Nityananda Baithak located on the south of Radha Kunda.
RADHAKUND TO DEEG
Kusum Sarovar : Kusum-sarovar because many flowersblossom in it. Once bathing in this Kusum-sarovar, Narad Munireceived the form of a gopi.
Chakreshwar Mahadev Mandir : This temple is on the northernbank of Manasi Ganga. This is one among the famous Shiv-lingasinstalled by Vajranabha in Vraj. When Sanatana Goswami cameto Govardhana village, he stayed in this temple. Once whenSanatana Goswami thought of moving away from here, frustratedby mosquito bite, Lord Siva (Chakreshwar) appeared and toldhim that the mosquitoes would no more disturb him. Even nowthis place is free from mosquitoes.
Sanatana Goswami’s Bhajan Kuti : The Bhajan-kuti of SanatanaGoswami is in the premises of the Chakreshwar temple.
Gantholi : This village is on the Govardhana-Deeg Marg 3 kmwest of Govardhana. For someperiod, the Deity of Gopal waskept in this village. During the holi-lilas, the Gopis tied togetherthe clothes of Srimati Radharani and Krishna.
Gulal Kunda : In Gantholi village, Gulal Kunda is located.
Bahaj : This village is 7 km west of Govardhan on the Govardhan-
Deeg Marg : From here begins the Rajasthan State.
Deeg : Deeg is 16 km away from Govardhan. Deeg iscomparatively a large town. It is located in Rajasthan. There aremany ancient forts and palaces here.
DEEG TO BADARINATH
Didavali : This village is located 5 km north-west of Deeg on the Parikrama Marg. There is a temple of Nrisimhadev. In this village there is a beautiful Kunda.
Tankoli : This village is 3 km north-west of Didavali on the Parikrama Marg. It is on the right of the surfaced road.
Khoh : This village is especially famous for milk products. A small temple for Radha-Raman exists in this village.
Kadamba-Kanana : This place is on the east of Alipur village. A grove of Kadamba trees exists in the midst of the hilly terrains and Lord Krishna performed rasa-lila here.
Alipur : This village is located 1 km north east of Badarinath temple. We cross this village while going and returning from Badarinath.
Badarinath : The Badarinath temple is 1 km south-west of Alipur village. Once, Nanda Maharaja and the cowherds wished to go on a pilgrimage to the holy places in the informed them that Badarinath and Kedarnath were manifested in Vraj and the same benefits would be derived by visiting these places. This is the Badrikashram in Vraj.
Tapasya Kunda : This kunda is in front of the Badarinath temple courtyard. This is a very beautiful and placid Kunda. The kunda water is always cool, for it is surrounded by large trees.
Badri Narayan Mandir : In this temple, the Deities of Lord Nara and Narayana are installed. Nara and Narayan Rishis are in deep penance here since time immemorial for the welfare of all living entities.
Trikut Parvat : This is a celestial mountain visible here on earth.
Lakshman Jhula : In the hilly terrains of Badrinath, there is a confluence called Triveni Sangam and Lakshman Jhula is nearby.
Triveni Sangham : Close to Lakshman Jhula is Triveni Sangam. This is the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Sarasvati.
Haridwar/ Hari Ki Paudi : Behind the Badrinath Mandir is Hari Ki Paudi and it is the Haridwar in Vraj.
Rishikesh : This place is in the middle of the forest behind the Badrinath temple.
Nara Narayan Parvat : These two mounts are here in Badrinath.
Yoga Maya Mandir : This is a beautiful ancient temple of Yoga Maya Devi made of rock. In this small temple, the Deity of Yogamaya Devi is established.
BADRINATH TO KEDARNATH
Alipur : This village is 1 km north-east of Badarinath and falls en-route from Badarinath to Kedarnath.
Pasopa : This village is 5 km north of Badrinath on the Parikrama Marg. There is a beautiful Radha-Krishna temple here on the top of a hill.
Dhau Barauli : This is a beautiful village located 1 km north of Paposa on the way to Kedarnath.
Kedarnath : The Kedarnath temple is on the top of a hill. To reach there we have to climb more than three hundred steps. In the temple, there is a small Siva Linga installed in a small cave.
Gaurikund : At the foothills of Kedarnath is the Gaurikund.
Radha-Krishna Temple : Near Gauri Kund there is one beautiful temple of Radha-Krishna.
KADARNATH TO KAMAVAN
Badali : This is a small village near Kedarnath hill on its north.
Bilond : This is a village 1 km east of Kedarnath on the way to Kamvan.
Charan Pahari : This hill is on the left of the path when we travel from Bilond to Kaman. The left and right footprints of Lord Sri Krishna can be seen atop the hill on a large stone here. Once while Krishna and the cowherd boys were grazing the cows and calves, they were indiscriminately scattered in all directions. As the evening grew near, Krishna and His friends were concerned. Krishna closed His eyes and smilingly played His flute in sweet melody and hearing the call, the cows and calves immediately ran to Him. The sheer ecstasy of the flute music melted the stones here and thus impressions of His lotus feet were cast on the rocks.
Gaya-Kunda : Gaya Kunda is on the western outskirts of Kaman. Nanda Maharaja offered oblations to his forefathers here. This is Gaya Tirth in Vraj.
Kaman : This town is 22 km north of Deeg and 14 km southwest of Nandgaon. It is located in Kamavan. In this town, there are many temples, kundas and places where Krishna displayed His sweet pastimes. Kamavan is one of the most important and beautiful forest among the twelve forests of Vraj. The Pandavas lived here for some time in this forest during their vanvas, exile.