Yasoda-kunda, Nanda Gaon (Nandagrama)

This pond is situated in Nanda Gaon, south of Nanda-bhavana. Mother Yasoda used to daily bath here. Sometimes, she would bring Krishna and Balarama along and joyfully watch Their childhood games. After bathing, Mother Yasoda would pray for Krishna’s well-being to Nrisimhadeva in the temple on the bank of the pond. An … Read More

Purva-raga and the first meeting of Radha Krishna in Sanket

Our Acaryas divide Sri Krishna’s transcendental pastimes into four phases, namely Kaumara, Pauganda, Kaisora and Yauvana.   The first, Kaumara, goes from His appearance day to the end of His fifth year. During this period Krishna enjoys affectionate pastimes with His parents. In his Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu Srila Rupa Gosvami explains that … Read More

Vira Devi, the Gopi of the meetings, and the village of Sanket

Vira Devi is a little known Gopi but plays an important role in Radha Krishna’s pastimes. She lives in Yavata, the same town of Radharani’s during her years as a married woman, and became very good friend with Jatila, Radharani’s mother-in-law. befriend Jatila. Vira Devi is worshipful and famous in Vraja-mandala, and … Read More

Vrinda Devi and a hint on Vrinda Kunda

Another name of Tulasi is Vrinda-devi (one who awards residence in Vrindavana). Srila Narottama dasa Thakura says: krpa kori koro tare vrindavana vasi, ”Dear Tulasi, please bestow your mercy upon me, so that I may forever reside in Vrindavana.”   Pastime The Vrindavana forest is named after Vrinda-devi, who performed penances here … Read More

Helping others to reside in Sri Vrindavana Dham

“One who helps others reside in Vrindavan Dham by supplying them food, clothes, and residence develop wonderful attachment for Krishna and accumulates a million times more piety than one who resides there, because who reside there delivers only himself whereas one who helps others reside there delivers himself as well as those … Read More

Radharani’s parrots chanting

Parrots chanting Today there has been a big meeting of saris (Radharani’s parrots) in Radha Tila, hundreds of them, just below my asrama. It has been many years I did not see so many in this place. Unfortunately buildings have chased away not only peackock but birds also. Maybe ten years ago … Read More

Gulala Kunda (Govardhana)

The word ‘gulala’ refers to the powdery ‘bright red pigment’ used in religious ceremonies all over India. Once, on the occasion of the annual Holi festival, after having thrown red colored gulala powder on each other, Radha and Krishna came to this kunda near Ganthuli village to bathe. After they had bathed … Read More

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