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Old Raas Mandal, Vrindavan

Old Raas Mandal, Vrindavan

Old Raas Mandal, Vrindavan/ Shri Raseshwari Ji Maharaj Vrindavan - This Place is of special importance because here Shri ShriJi Raseshwari (Radharani) Ji's deity is present in the form of Shyam Rang (Blackish form). It is said that, while being absorbed in Shri Krishn's devotion here, Radharani's body color totally changed and became dark. There is no idol of Shri Krishn as such. That's why the place is also known as Shri Shriji Raseshwari Ji Maharaj. Hit Harivansh Raas Mandal is linked to Shri Hitharivansh Mahaprabhu. It is said that Hit Harivansh Mahaprabhu spent most of the time of his life in Sewa Kunj, Hit Raas Mandal and Madan Tera (Varaha Ghat) in Vrindavan. Divine Pastimes of Shri Hariram Vyas at Raas Mandal: It has so happened that Shri Radha-Krishna were doing the Raas dance and Radharani’s anklet broke, Vyasji (descencion of Vishakha Sakhi) being absorbed in Leela, present there because of his divinity, instantly mended it with his sacred thread. Some of the Vaishnavas complained about his behavior of removing his sacred thread of tulsi beaded necklace and putting it on Shri Radha’s feet. He, in fact, was very firm on his decision as he suggested for what purpose is this sacred thread to me if it cannot be used in service of Shri Radharani. Seeing this moment, everyone was stunned. Divine Pastimes of Shri Sewak Ji (Damodardas Ji): Damodardas Ji was a disciple of Shri Hitharivansh Ji. Shri Sewak ji merged with a banyan tree becoming one with the Lord near Raas Mandala in Vrindavan. Divine Pastimes of Shri Dhruvdas Ji: Shri Dhruvdas Ji: Dhruvdas Ji became a disciple of Shri Gopinathji, the third son of Shri Hit Harivanshji. Near Raas Mandal, Shri Radha-Krishna appeared once for his ardent desire. Actually sighting the Lord he composed padas compiled in the text ‘Bayalees Leela’ which showed the divine path to several bhaktas. Location: Hit Raas Mandal is located at the bank of Yamuna, near to Cheer Ghat.

Shahji temple, Vrindavan

Shahji temple, Vrindavan

Shahji temple also known as Tede Khambe wala Mandir due to its exquisite spiral pillars is located near Nidhivan. The temple’s real name is Lalit Nikunj. The temple has the deities of Radha and Krishna. The deities due to their small size are also called as chhote Radha Raman. On the east end of the temple courtyard, there is a large hall called as ‘Basanti Kamra’ (Durbar Hall) adorned with Belgian Glass chandeliers and exquisite paintings depicting the loving pastimes of Lord Radha-Krishna. This room is opened only twice a year during the occasion of Basant Panchami and also has fountains in its central part. Lalit Kishori and Lalit Mohini Sevya Thakur are present here. Samadhi of Shri Lalit Kishori is also located near the temple. After moving to Vrindavan, Shri Lalit Kishori made a vow never to leave the holy land of Vrindavan, and his brother Lalit Mohini followed suit. He had so much love for the dust of Vrindavan that he found it impossible to even think of easing the call of nature upon it. So he used to pass urine and stool in pots made from Agra clay and have them couriered out of Braj for disposal. Location: Shahji temple is located near Nidhivan, Vrindavan.

Rasik Bihari Temple, Vrindavan (Hari Triveni)

Rasik Bihari Temple, Vrindavan (Hari Triveni)

It is said to be the special place in vrindavan also called Hari triveni or Haritri place, where three shiromani Rasiks, Swami Shri Haridas incarnation of Lalita Sakhi, Shri Hit Harivansh Mahaprabhu incarnation of Lord Krishn's flute and Shri Hariram Vyas incarnation of Vishakha sakhi used to meet. It's in between the way of Nidhivan, sewakunj and Kishorvan. The way goes, of meeting point is inside Rasik Bihariji temple and Gorelal kunj. 500 years ago, it was all inside the Nikunj forest. Shri Rasik Dev Ji served here Shri Rasik Bihariji, 300 years ago.

Bhojan Thali

Bhojan Thali

Bhojan Thali is located at Kamvyavan, Braj. It is very special place in Parikrama where Shri Krishn used to ate with his sakha friends. The small hillock on which Krishna sat, transformed a part of it into a hollow round shape so that it could be used as thaali( plate) by Krishna for having food. There are two such natural formations in the rock which were used by Krishna Balarama for partaking food. Location: Place is located at Kamvya Van, Braj.

Shri Tulsi Ram Darshan Sthali, Vrindavan

Shri Tulsi Ram Darshan Sthali, Vrindavan

“Kaha Kahun Chhavi Aaj Ki Bhale Bane Ho Nath, Tulsi Mastak Navat Hai Dhanush Baan Leu Hath” -- ‘Oh my Lord! Today you are looking so beautiful and attractive, that I am not able to describe it in words, but oh Lord, my head will bow only when you carry bow and arrow in your hand.’ This famous couplet is related to here. At this place, Lord Krishna gave darshan to Goswami Tulsidas Ji in the form of Lord Ram. The Bhajan Kuti of Goswami Tulsidas still exists to the right of the entrance.

Morkuti, Barsana

Morkuti, Barsana

Mayur kuti (Mor Kuti) is situated just after the upper segment of Daan-garh near Gehvar Van, Barsana. Various divine pastimes were performed here. According to the pastime legend, Once Radharani performed Maan Leela at Maangarh which is just opposite to Morkuti. Krishna tried to break Shri Radha’s 'maan' in many ways but he failed. Failing to soothe Shri Radha's Maan, Ultimately, Shri Krishn performed a dance Leela by dressing himself as a peacock to please Shri Radha Rani and Shri Radharani broke her 'maan'. Getting attracted with this wonderful peacock, Shri Radha started telling that- oh peacock! My beloved is also performing such dances. Hearing this, Shri Krishn leaving his peacock form told - "I am only yours beloved". And both got ecstatic and got divine union and both too performed peacock-dance.

Daan Bihari Mandir, Vrindavan

Daan Bihari Mandir, Vrindavan

Daan Bihari Mandir, Vrindavan The places is located in Dan Gali, Vrindavan. Here Shri Krishn demands Milk and Curd from Shri Radha and the gopis before blocking their way, through a narrow passage between two lanes. Shri Krishn breaks the pots of those Gopis who do not provide him Milk and Curd. When Shri Mirabai and Shri Tulsidas came to Vrindavan, he visited this place as well and touched the feet of deity here. From that day till today, one can freely touch the lotus feet of the deity.

Kaliya Deh or Kaliya Ghat, Vrindavan

Kaliya Deh or Kaliya Ghat, Vrindavan

According to the legends, Garuda had abandoned the entry of the poisonous Kaliya Naag in the Pacific Ocean. Due to this, he settled in the pious Yamuna river, to find solace from the atrocities of Garuda. His poison was polluting the river which was harming the people of Vrindavan. Shri Krishna with an intention to save his loved one’s ordered Kaliya naag to leave the Yamuna. When the poisonous snake did not follow his orders, Lord Krishna fiercely fought with him. This fight ended with the Lord dancing on the serpent’s venomous head. With every step Lord Krishna danced on the serpents head, his pride and self-image were vanishing. At the end when the serpent became selfless, lord Krishna guided him towards the ocean assuring him that Garuda won’t trouble him due the feet of Lord embarked on his head. Kaliya Dah Vrindavan is that place where Krishna wheedled out all the anguish from Kaliya Naag.

Kusum Sarovar

Kusum Sarovar

One day Shree Radha Rani was plucking flowers in Kusum Garden with her companions. Lord Shyamsundar being disguised in the form of gardener utter a shout from a distance, "who are you people to pluck flowers?" All of the associates upon getting frightened ran away here and there and stood at a place. Shree Radha's divine blue cloth got strucked in the garden bush, couldn't run away. One/ two flowers fell down from her hand at hurry. Meanwhile, shyamsundar leaving his gardener appearance came in front of her in original . He freed her blue-cloth from the bush. Shyamsundar picked up the flowers fallen on earth by Radha.

Peeli pokhar

Peeli pokhar

Peeli pokhar (yellowish pond) is located in Barsana, also called as Priya Kund. Shree jee (Radha Rani) was often visiting here. This is Shree jee's pond. One divine pastime is concerned with this, swami Haridas has sung in this regard. His devotional song is that Shree Ji was going to bathe in this pond and Nandlaal(Krishn) comes from other side. Meanwhile Nandlaal asks pointing at Radha whose daughter is she, what is her name? She is coming in very royal style. In listening to this, Lalita comes forward and suggests Radha not to reply his question. I''ll answer only. His treatment is with me only. Lalita told that only crazy people live in Nandgaon(Braj). Oh crazy one! you go back to your village. Now Shyamsundar became silent, as she told very harsh. Now what more he could ask as he got very harsh reply to such single question only. Now he doesn't have courage to ask second more question. All sakhees(female companions) again engaged in playing. Now Radha Rani wishes to bestow her divine love and grace as she could feel shyamsundar faced big injustice. He just asked in a well manner that whose daughter is she and however she (Lalita) replies that oh crazy ! you go back to your village. Meanwhile, as sakhees(female friends) started playing, shree ji (Radha) told them to play themselves, she'll go bathing there. In the mean time shyamsundar too got an opportunity, he has come from so far. Shyamsundar also cleverer than the clevers and by the time Shree ji (Radha) took a dip in water suddenly shyamsundar coming inside the water gave a hug to her, and she got shocked. This is very beautiful pastime happened here. One more pastime is associated with this place is that Radha Rani washed her yellowish hand drenched in turmeric and thus this place was named as Peeli pokhar (yellowish pond)

Shri Radha Kund

Shri Radha Kund

Shri Radha Kund is the holiest place on Earth and is even considered non-different from Radha Rani. 16th-century saint Srila Rupa Gosvami of Vrindavan, a close associate of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu consider Radha-Kund to be the supreme of all holy places. Padma Puran states: "yathä rädhä priyä viñëoù tasyäù kuëòaà priyaà tathä sarva-gopéñu sevaikä viñëoratyanta-vallabhä". Just like among all the Gopis, Shri Radha Rani is Krishn’s Pran Vallabh(the most dear of his life). Similarly, Radha’s dearest Kund, Radha Kund is also extremely dear to him. Divine Pastimes: Once Lord Krishna slayed a mighty asura (demon) in the form of a bull, his consort Radha tersely told Krishna to wash off his sins by taking dips in various holy rivers. Krishna laughed it off and struck the ground with his foot whereupon the mighty rivers emerged, welled up and formed a kunda (little water body). Subsequently the Lord bathed in the water to please Radha. The kunda came to be called "Shyam-Kund". Indignant that Krishna used his powers for this, Radha and her girl attendants dug out a kunda with their bangles and filled it with water from “Manasi-Ganga”, another holy kunda at nearby Govardhan. That particular kunda is today's "Radha-Kund" where people come from far and wide to take a dip. Appearance: Radha Kunda and Shyama Kunda were lost to the world for a long time. Then in 1550 Lord Chaitanya came to Vrindavan on the day of Kartika Poornima and stayed in Vrindavan for two months. One day Lord Chaitanya sat under a Tamala tree and while meditating upon Radha-Kunda and Shyama- Kunda, He saw two bodies of water in a nearby paddy field. Lord Caitanya who is none other then Radha and Krishna, could immediately identify them as Radha Kunda & Shyama Kunda. He very happily took the waters of the kundas and applied tilaka on His body using the clay from Radha-kunda. Importance Places near Radha Kund: 1) Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhhu's Baithak 2) Three Goswami's Samaadhi (Raghunath Bhatta (left side), Krishna Dasa Kaviraja (center), and Raghunath Dasa Gosvami (right side) 3) Bhajan Kutir of Three Goswami. 4) Bankhandi Mahadeva Siva Temple. 5) Lalita Kund 6) Lalita Bihari Mandir. 7) Pandav Ghat. 8) Shri Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami's Kutir where he has written Shri Chaitanya Charitamrit. 9) Jihva Mandir Greatness of Radha Kund: Shri Nimbarikacharya Ji made his disciple aware of the greatness of Radha Kund in the verse and instructed him to recite a particular hymn at the bank of Radha Kund. "सदा राधिका नाम , जिह्वा ग्रह स्थात्। सदा राधिका रुप , मक्षठयग् आसताम् , श्री तौ राधिका कृत्रिरन्त: स्वभावे । गुणा राधिकाया: श्रीया एतधिये:। “ Let the name of Shri Radhika be at the tip of my tongue, the form of Shri Radha before my eyes, the glory of Shri Radhika before my ears and let her emotion and virtues flash in my heart always”. Location: It is located in Goverdhan, Mathura, India.

Banshi Vata, Vrindavan

Banshi Vata, Vrindavan

This is the celebrated place where Lord Krishna in his form of Gopinath or Lord of Gopis performed the celebrated pastime of Maharaas Dance on auspicious day of Sharad Purnima (full moon night). Banshi means flute and Vat means Banyan Tree. Thus the Banyan tree under which Shri Krishna plays his flute is known as Banshi Vat. On hearing the divine flute, the gopis become emotionally helpless and ran towards Banshi Vat. Here Shri Krishn plays flute eternally. Shri Krishn has taken as many forms as there were gopis. It is 5500 years old leela place, Banshi Vat. Lord Shiva came to this place in the form of a gopi during Maharaas and hence Shri Krishn gave him the name “Gopishwar Mahadev”. It is also mentioned that "There is no place like Vrindavan, there is no village like Nand Gaun, there is no Banyan Tree like Vanshi Vat , and there is no name like Radha Krishn". The gopis had so intense love feeling for Shri Krishna that they left their children, husbands and homes for the desire of Shri Krishna. During the Raas leela, Sri Krishna disappeared from the sight of Gopis. Gopis started searching for Krishna and when their intense feeling of separation from Krishna was about to reach its extreme point of madness, Krishna appeared before them influenced by their pure love. Here is also a large Vat tree form where the deity Radha Gopinath appeared (Which is now in Jaipur). It is believed that even today Shri Krishn is playing his flute and many people claim that they can hear that as well. When Chaitanya Mahaprabhu first came to Vrindavan, he came to Vamshi Vat only. Soordas Ji has written a pad for the divine place: "kahaan sukh braj kauso sansaar ! kahaan sukhad basheebat jamuna, yah man sada vichaar.” which means "There is no happiness anywhere in the world, except in the Banshivat Vrindavan at the bank of Yamuna Ji". Location: Vamshi Vat is located on the Bank of Yamuna Ji on Parikrama Marg in Vrindavan and is near to Keshi Ghat.

Radharani Temple, Barsana

Radharani Temple, Barsana

On top of one of the hills of Barsana, is the Shriji's Temple, which is where the original Radha Krishna Deities of Barsana reside. Shriji is the locally known name of Radha Rani. According to the Varah and Padma Puranas, Brahma pleased Shri Krishna at the end of Satya Yug by performing arduous worship. Pleased with Brahma, Shri Hari instructed him, "Go to Brsabhanupura and take the form of a hill there. In that form you will be able to behold all Our sweet pastimes.” On top of Brahma-parvat is a temple of Shri Laadli Laal. This temple is said to have been actually established by king Vajranabh 5000 years ago. He was the great grandson of Shri Krishna and the grandson of Pradyumna. But with the courses of time the deities were lost.Later Narayan Bhatt, one of the disciples of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu excavated the lost deities in the nearby place and installed them here in this temple. Ladli means the beloved daughter and Lal means the beloved son thus the temple enshrined with the deities of Lord Krishna and Radha is also known as Ladli lal Temple. Location: The temple is located in Barsana Dham which is 43 kilometers far from Mathura in UP. On the top of the Bhanugarh peak there is a magnificent temple dedicated to Shriji or Radharani. Shriji is the locally known name of Radha Rani.

Gahvar van, Barsana

Gahvar van, Barsana

Gehvar van is located in Barsana. This place is very dear to Shri Kishori Radha. The place is called Nitya Vihar, which means that Radha Krishna are always together here and there is no moment of separation here. This forest is very significant because this is the only forest in Braj which is decorated and created by Shri Radha Rani’s own hands. It is the secluded vihar site of madhur leelas of Thakur Ji and Radha Rani and they forget everything. Braj &Vrindavan is the home of God. Every second, there are new leelas happening here. Radha Rani looks Youthful & new each time when you look at her, Shri Krishn looks youthful & new each time you look at him. Priya and Priytam always stay together and each time they meet, it look like they have never met earlier. Vallabhacharya Baithak is also situated here where they have recited Shrimad Bhagwat of 108 times. Shri Hit Harivansh Mahaprabhu had experienced this as the Divine Keli Kunj where Priya and Priytam always remain in Vihar Leela. This is also known as "Nitya Vihar" sthali. Radha Krishn appeared to Shri Raskhan in the Gehvar Van, where Shri Krishna was gently pressing the feet of Radha Rani and serving her. There are very old Raas Leela sthalis here. Priya Ji along with her sakhis are always engaged in Vihar here even today. The experience of fortunate devotees as the witness to it, are the proofs. Nagridas, Kishori Ali, Swami Parimal Das are some of the Rasik saints who lived here. Location: Gehvar van is located in Barsana Dham which is 43 kilometers far from Mathura in UP.

Bankey Bihari Temple

Bankey Bihari Temple

Bankey Bihari Temple was established by Swami Haridas (Lalita Sakhi in Dvapara Yuga), a guru of the famous singer Tansen. By his sangeet sadhana, the Celestial couple Radha Krishna appeared in front of him and on the request of Shri Swami Ji the couple merged into one and the idol of Banke Bihari appeared there. The idol was established in Nidhivan earlier, but with time, it has been established here. Shri Banke Bihariji has captivated lacs of devotees with his cutting eyes, bewitching smile and enticing form. Even today a great number of devotees has experienced his miracles. Swami Haridas Ji has written a pad: “Ta Thakur Ki Thakurain” - Although Shri Krishna is Supreme controller, but even he is governed by Shri Radha Rani. One can attain Banke Bihari by her grace. ​Location: Shri Bankey Bihari Mandir is located in the holy city of Vrindavan in the Mathura district in India.​

Radha Gopinath, Vrindavan

Radha Gopinath, Vrindavan

Radha Gopinath is considered to be one among the oldest temple in vrindavan located at the bank of Yamuna Ji. Vrajanabha, Lord Krishna's great-grandson, installed the original Gopinath Deity in Vrindavan over five-thousand years ago. About five-hundred years ago, Paramananda Bhattacharya discovered the Deity in the earth at Banshivat on the banks of the Yamuna. Madhu Pandit Goswami, a disciple of Shri Gadadhar Pandit close associate of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, worshiped the Gopinath Deity. Once, Nityananda Prabhu’s wife Jahnava thakuranee came to Vrindavan. As she was having darshan of Shri Radha-Gopinath, she thought that the deity of Radhika was too small and that‚ if Radhika had been a little taller, the Couple would look much more beautiful. Jahnava thakurane returned to her residence after beholding the evening ceremony. That night, in a dream, Shri Gopinath asked Jahnava to arrange for a taller deity of Radhika. She received similar instructions from Radharani, and had a deity of Her made that was a more appropriate size for the deity of Gopinath. The book Bhakta-mala describes that at the time of Jahnava thakurane’s disappearance, she revealed her own deity and established herself in it. She instructed the priests to install the deity of her in the chamber of Shri Gopinath. When this deity arrived at the temple of Gopinath in Vrindavan, the priests hesitated to install her along side Shri Gopinatha. At that time, Gopinathje Himself instructed the priests, “Do not hesitate. This is My beloved Anang Manjaree. Place her on My left and Radhika on My right.” And so it came to be that Jahnava stands on Shri Gopinath’s left side and Radhika stands on His right. Jahnava thakuranee is seated on the left side of Gopinath, and Lalita Sakhé and a small deity of Radhika are seated on His right. Near the new temple to the east is the samadhi of Madhu Pandita. Location: Radha Gopinath is located at Parikrama Marg, Keshi Ghat, Vrindavan at the bank of Yamuna Ji.

Kishor Van

Kishor Van

Shri Yugal Kishor or Kishor Van is situated in Vyas Ghera near Sewa Kunj. Shri Hariram Vyas who is considered as a descension of Vishaka Sakhi, Braj Rasik of Vrindavan resided here. His bhajan kutir and samadhi mandir is also located here. The boundary of Sewa Kunj is attached to Kishor Van. Yugal Kishor Divine Pastimes: Once Shri Hariram Vyas had a dream of Thakurji where he was instructed by Shri Krishn to take him out of the well in Kishor Van and establish the temple. In that dream, Vyas Ji asked Thakurji, are you alone or with Radha Rani? If you are with Radha Rani, then I will take you out from the well. Hearing it, Thakurji said, Yes I am with Radha Rani, take me out from well and establish me here. This is how, the Yugal Kishor appeared. During Mughal empire, the original deity has been shifted. Location: Kishor Van is located in Vyas Ghera near Sewa Kunj in Vrindavan.

Kokila Van

Kokila Van

Once Shri Krishna was excited to meet Radhika, but due to the problem created by her mother in law Jatila, sister-in-law Kutila and husband Abhimanyu, He was not able to visit that place. After waiting for few hours Shri Krishna climb to tree and just like a bird (cuckoo) he started chirping. After listening to sweet and melodious voice just like a bird, all the friends and Radhika understood Shri Krishna's indication and got excited to meet him. At that time Jatila said to Vishakha- "Vishakhe I have heard bird voice many times but this voice is very melodious. Let’s go and see this bird. All the friends were very happy and entered Kokilavan and got very happy to meet Shri Krishna. That is why this place is known as Kokilavan. Even today, the sweet sounds of many birds – such as peacocks, peahens, male parrots, female parrots, swans and cranes – can be heard in this protected and enchanting forest. There is another temple here "Shri Bihariji Temple" where a famous saint "Naga Ji" who resided here. Other pastimes includes when Shanideva who is a great devotee of Lord Krishna desired to see Raas dance and darshana of Shri Krishna. So Shri Krishn fulfilled the wish of Shani deva here and hence it is believed that Shani Deva even today he is still engrossed in remembrance of Shri Krishna. There is very famous and old temple of Shani Deva here. In Brahma Viavarat Purana the story of Shani Deva is described and Shani Deva is considered as the best among the Krishna devotees. Suraya Kund is also located here, where Suraya Deva had the darshan of Shri Krishna. Location: Kokila van is situated 3 miles north from Kolvan Nandgaon and 1 mile west from Jaavat village.

Maan Mandir or Maan Garh, Barsana

Maan Mandir or Maan Garh, Barsana

Maan means anger. This place located on the top of the Brahmagiri Parvat at Barsana, marks the Maan pastime of Sri Radharani. According to the pastime legend, once Sri Radharani was waiting for the arrival of Krishna. But Krishna was too late. Soon, Radharani’s pet parrot arrived and told her about Krishna’s meeting with a gopi called Chandrawali, which was the reason for his late arrival. That's why she got angry and performed maan. Maangarh is a special place in Braj. Here Shyamsundar had pacified an angry mood Radha rani. He had tried to pacify her mood in many ways, sometimes puts his head on her feet, blows fan at her, sometimes shows her mirror, sometimes praying a lot, But when Radha rani doesn't get pleased with him then Shyamsundar takes help of her companions. For these pastimes held, this place has been known as 'Maan garh' . 'Maan' means getting angry/ moody. This anger is not like the disputes often happen in our world. But here, actually, Radha rani gets angry/moody only to give happiness to Shyamsundar. In 'Maan' temple, we can have a vision of "Maan Bihari". There's a verse by Govindji, in which he has written that Radha rani's anger mood started just below the peak level, and by the time Shyamsundar tries to gratify her she started climbing more upwards. When Shreeji (Radha) reached peak level, then Shyamsundar took the help of her companions. He told to Shree Lalita, Visakha and other friends that he has got tired too much, now only you people can help me. Then all the of the Sakhees(female friends) go downwards and again move upwards in order that Radha support/accept Krishn and again as Sakhees move downwards, then Shyamsundar prays them to move upwards. This 'Maan' temple is built upon 'Brahmgiri' hill. 'Maan' is considered as state of being angry in our material world. But 'Maan', the meaning of which is the state of being angry is one sort of divine pastime. Radharani can only show 'Maan' Leela to please Shri Krishn. Radha rani can only shower the unlimited bliss on Krishna, when Radha rani finds that Shree Krishna is longing for slavery of Radha-rani's love and desires to touch her feet, then Radha rani performs a Moody pastime only to deliver pleasures to Krishna. This is really a very wonderful pastime. Maangarh is located at Barsana in Gehvarvan. Failing to soothe Radha’s anger Krishna went from there and performed a dance Leela by dressing himself as a peacock to please Shri Radha Rani at Morkuti (which is opposite to Maan Mandir). Maangarh is located at Barsana in Gehvarvan.

Bel Vana, Braj

Bel Vana, Braj

Bela Vana, Braj is located on the other side of Shri Yamuna Devi, Vrindavan. Here is Shortest way to go to Belvana from Vrindavan, One can go from an unconstructed road or short bridge of Shri Yamuna, which connects outside of Banshivata, Dhira Samira etc and it goes to Mansarovar, Belvana. It is called as Bela Vana as this forest is having ample amount of bael trees at the time of divine appearance of Shree Krishn. Shree Krishn performs different types of divine pastimes in this super attractive Bael forest(Belban) while herding cows with his companions and tasting ripe fruits as well. It is also one among twelve main forests of Braj. Today it is the attraction of many as deity of Goddess Laxmi and her located temple is situated here. Pastimes: Belvan is the site where Lakshmi Devi came to perform austerities to get the association of Krishna in Ras Leela, but failed due to not following in the footsteps of the Gopis. "तप: सिद्धि प्रदायैव नमो बिल्ववनाय च । जनार्दन नमस्तुभ्यं बिल्वेशाय नमोस्तु ते ॥ " भविष्योत्तर पुराण [1] ---Sanskrit Verses from Bhavishya puran-- One day Shree Laxmi got anxious to have a glimpse of Raas dance (Raas leela), after listening divine sweet Raas dance of crown of Braja, Lord Krishna and explanation of supreme fortune of Gopis(cow-herding girls) from Lord Narad. Except for the Gopis, who are the embodiment of single-mindedness love, merged in divine pure love, none is having the privilege of entering in divine Raas. Access to Raas is only possible with the grace of unlimited divine joy rendering (mahabhaao) form shree Radha and her internal potency (Swarup shakti) Gopis (Radha's associates). So she (Laxmi) is meditating here very tough even today, despite she couldn't get access in Raas leela till date as per the belief in Vrindavan. It is described in the 10th canto of Shreemad Bhagavatam. The wives of serpent kaliya naag praying lord Krishn tell that -'oh God! we can't understand which type of spiritual practice the serpent done that enabled him to achieve your exceptionally divine foot dust. Your divine foot dust is so rare to achieve that your better half lord Laxmi had to do tough meditation, quitting all sorts of material pleasures and following the real practices as well, still, she couldn't achieve your exceptional divine foot dust. Here nearby is situated Krishna pond (Krishna kund) and the meeting point of lord Ballavacharya.

Kirti Mandir, Barsana

Kirti Mandir, Barsana

The temple dedicated to Divine mother of Shri Radharani, Kirti Mayia Mandir is unique in it's own way located at Barsana, the only temple on the world having the glimpses of Shri Radharani in the lap of Kirti Mother. The temple is constructed under the guidance of Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj. Location: The temple is located near to Rangeeli Mahal Barsana or adjacent to it.

Shri Kedarnath, Braj

Shri Kedarnath, Braj

Shri Kedarnath, Braj located at Kamyavan which is the largest forest among 12 forest among the twelve forests of Braj. When the parents of Shri Krishn desire to visit Char Dhams outside Braj, Shri Krishn told them why are you going anywhere else, I will invite all the Dhams in Braj Dham only. This way Kedarnath (other three dhams as well) appeared in Braj at Kamyava. This is really special, almost miracle to see the hills in the forest of Kamyavan which is surrounded by various fields.

Pavan Sarovar, Nandgaun

Pavan Sarovar, Nandgaun

Pavana means purifying and Sarovar means a lake. Thus, it’s believed that one who takes bath in Pavana Sarovar is relieved from all his sins. It is believed to be the place where Lord Krishna would bring his cows while returning from pastures in the evening. The cows would drink the cooling waters of Pavana Sarovar to quench their thirst. According to the legend, once Nand Raeji desired to go to Sangam Tirtha, Prayagraj in order to have sacred bath in the confluence of River Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. Unwilling to be separated from his parents, Krishna advised his foster father to travel the next day, on the auspicious occasion of Akshaya Tritiya. Next day, Nand Maharaj woke up early in the morning and when he went to Pavana Sarovar to have his morning bath, he saw a black complexioned person with a huge personality who seemed a stranger to him. Nand Maharaj enquired him about his identity. He told Nand Rae that he is the king of Tirthas Prayagraj and has come to wash of his sins in the sacred Pavana Sarovar which are left to him by pilgrims. He had come along with other rivers and Tirthas. Nand Maharaj was amazed to see that even the king of Tirthas, who washes of the sins of all pilgrims, has come to Pavana Sarovar to wash of his own sins leftover by the pilgrims. Thus, he admired the sanctity of the Pavana Sarovar and decided not to visit Prayag for bathing as the Prayagraj himself visits Pavana Sarovar for sacred bath to wash of the sins left by the pilgrims. Then, he had a bath in the holy waters of Pavana Sarovar and purified himself. On the northern bank of the Sarovar there is a temple by the name of Pavana-Bihari. It is believed to have been built at a place where Sri Radharani along with her sakhis (friends) would enjoy the water sports on the bank of the lake. Here on the bank of this lake Vrishabhanu, the father of Sri Radharani built a magnificent palace for her daughter. Location: Pavan sarovar is located at Nandgaun, Braj.

Tatiya Sthan, Vrindavan

Tatiya Sthan, Vrindavan

Tatiya Sthan is the place of pure natural beauty. At Tatiya Sthan, one actually goes back many centuries ago, living in close association with nature. It is a place of purity, divinity and spirituality. History: Tatiya Sthan is linked to the Swami Haridas Sampradaya. There are eight acharyas of the Haridas Sampradaya. The seventh aacharya, Swami Lalit Kishori Dev ji resided on this earth between 1758 and 1823, in order to go and meditate somewhere under a secluded tree. They fenced the whole area using bamboo sticks. Bamboo sticks are called “Tatiya” in the local dialect. This is how the place was named Tatiya Sthan. They also suggested to him that on Radha ashtmi, Sri Haridas ji’s appearance day should be celebrated and since then the festival is celebrated with lot of love. His samadhi is also at Tatiya Sthan. Significance of Tatiya Sthan: Tatiya Sthan is filled with various kind of trees, especially those which were close to Lord Krishna’s heart, like, neem, peepal and kadamb. The place is to perform sadhna bhakti, and no one is allowed to talk here unnecessary. Location: Tatiya Sthan is just 12.2 kms away from Mathura junction Railway station and can be reached within 45 minutes via the Mathura-Vrindavan Marg. From Chhatikara too, Tatiya Sthan is easily reachable via the Bhaktivedanta Swami Marg. Its very near to Rang Ji Mandir.

Shriji Ka Mandir, Vrindavan

Shriji Ka Mandir, Vrindavan

The Shriji Mandir in Loi Bazaar in Vrindavan, serves as the center of Nimbarka Sampradaya estabilished by Jagadguru Shri Nimbarkacharya who is considered as the 'Chakra' of Shri Krishn. In the 14th-15th century, Shri Bhata Devacharya writer of Shri Yugal Shatak described the Rasopasna path of Shri Nimbarkacharya in his book "Yugal Shatak", and further Shri Harivyas Devacharya disciple of Shri Bhata Devacharya writer of Shri Mahavani which is considered as the foundation of 'Rasopasna' path. 'Shriji Maharaj' in the 19th and 20th Century was considered as the respected acharya for the entire Nimbarka Sampradaya and currently Shri Shyam Sharan Devacharya is considered as the respected acharya. In Nimbaraka Sampradaya, Yugal Upasna of Shri Radha Krishn together is considered as the main devotion. Timings of Temple: 5:30 AM -- Mangla Aarti 8:30 AM -- Shringar Aarti 12:00 PM - Rajbhog Aarti 6:30 PM -- Sandhya Aarti 8:30 PM -- Shayan Aarti Location: Shriji Mandir is located at Loi Bazar in Shri Vrindavan Dham.

Shyama Shyam Dham, Vrindavan

Shyama Shyam Dham, Vrindavan

Shyama Shyam Dham was was founded under the guidance of Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj in Year 1978. It is situated in Raman Reti Road, Vrindavan. Location: Shyama Shyam Dham is located near Parikrama Marg, approximately 1 km behind Kaliya Ghat in Vrindavan, 1.3 km from Banke Bihari, approx 900 meters from Madan Ter.

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