Vraja Mandala is transcendental tract of land spread around 64 kosas (168 miles) spread around the city of Mathura. Here Lord Krishna performed His childhood pastimes. When Supreme Lord advents, His eternal associates, paraphernalia and the holy dham also manifests. Vraja Mandala is non-different from Sri Goloka Vrindavana in spiritual realm.
Exquisitely beautiful Shyamasundar deity is the only deity in the world manifested from Srimati Radharani's heart and given personally by Her to dear Shyamananda Pandita.
Sri Madan Mohan, meaning 'one who can even enchant cupid', is a principal deity to establish our relationship with Lord Krishna. Srila Sanatana Gosvami worshipped Sri Madan Mohan in Vrindavana.
Krishna and Balarama took their cows for pasture here. Also here, Srila Rupa Goswami performed his bhajan & wrote Upadeshamrita 500 years ago.
Talavan is one of the 12 sacred forests of Sri Vrindavan Dham in India.
Birthplace of Srimati Radharani. She appeared here and later moved to Varsana.
Beautiful Vrinda Kund is the eternal abode of Vrindadevi, Krishna’s Lila potency.
Varsana is the sacred home of Srimati Radharani where she lived with Her parents. This palace still exists here.
Lalita Sakhi is one of eight principal girlfriends of Srimati Radharani. Her home in Unchagaon near Varsana.
Dauji village is not far from Vrindavan, is steeped in devotion to the deity who resides there. Mood of Dauji is reminicient of Vrindavan several decades ago.
Lord Krishna appeared here 5,000 years back. Mathura is not far away from Vrindavana!
The most sacred place in the universe; Lost to the world for almost 50 centuries, it was rediscovered in 1516 when Lord Caitanya was on pilgrimage to Vraja. Today this small lake, found at the head of Govardhana Hill, attracts thousands of pilgrims.
Prema-sarovara is a lake formed from the tears of Radha and Krishna when They felt intense separation from each other.
Glimpses of holy Yamuna River featuring beautiful Govinda Damodara Stotram by great saint, Srila Bilvamangala Thakur.
Bharatpur, a town within the sacred boundaries of Vraja Mandala, is rich in history of Vaisnava culture. Former king, Maharaj Suraj Mal, protected Bharatpur from foreign invaders, while at the same time inspiring his subjects in their spiritual lives. There are a number of beautiful temples of Radha & Krishna in Bharatpur.
Parikrama marg, the path around Vrindavan, has been traversed by pilgrims daily for thousands of years. The 10 kilometer walk takes 3 hours. Unlimited spiritual benefit is incurred by walking around Vrindavan’s thousands of temples, samadhis, sacred cows and people. This is especially true during the month of Kartika, when one’s devotional practices are enhanced a thousand times over.
This is one of the many lakes surrounding Govardhana Hill on the outer parikrama-marg. This route was often taken by Srila Sanatana Goswami 500 years ago. Many pastimes including Krishna’s springtime Rasa Lila dance took place here. Gopis sang their famous Gopi Gita here, expressing their deep feelings of separation from the Lord. Samadhi of famous Vaisnava saint, Sur das is also here.
Biharvan is a very special Vrindavan forest. Biharvan means ‘the forest of enjoyment.’ It is one of the places of Radha and Krsna’s most charming and loving pastimes. There is also a large gosala of cows who are protected, served and loved by the local cowherd men. It was a unique experience because the forest has been preserved much like it was hundreds of years ago.
Badrinath (Badrikasrama) is 2 hour drive from Vrindavan through the countryside. As one approached Badrinath we were surprised to see a small mountain range. The beauty of the surrounding area was stunning!
Madan Mohan Temple, established by Sanatana Goswami, was the first temple to be erected in Vrindavan on the order of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu 500 years ago. Near the temple is the sacred samadhi of Sanatana Goswami.
Akrura Ghat is at border line between Vrindavan & Mathura. Deep pastimes are associated of Akrura taking Krishna and Balarama to Mathura in his chariot and how the Vrajavasis did their best to keep Them in Vrindavan. Hearing of the gopis sentiments of impending separation touched the hearts of us all.
Before entering the the sacred drama of Sri Vrindavan, one must take permission from one of five divine personalities; Gopiswara Mahadeva, Yamuna devi, Vrinda devi, Govardhan Hill or Vraja-renu, the dust of Vrindavan.
The Playground of Lord Krishna! All glories to Sri Vrindavan Dhama!
Beautiful glimpses from Vrindavana Dhama and Mayapur Dhama
Pilgrimage to Sri Vrindavana Dhama
The people and places of Sri Vrindavan Dhama are superior to any other holy places in the universe. All holy places find their origin in Vrindavan. All glories to Sri Vrindavan Dhama!
At Chir Ghat the playful pastime of Krishna stealing the clothes of the Gopis took place.
At village Bhaya Gaon, there is lake called Prahlada Kunda. Local villagers hold a festival in honor of Prahlada Maharaja there each year, appreciating his love and devotion for the Lord. During the festival, they burn an effigy of Holika, who was Hiranyakasipu's sister. She was involved in trying to kill the saintly Prahlada, but because of that offense, she perished.
Kamyavan signifies the forest that fulfils all spiritual desires. It is rich with the history of Vedic culture. Here the deity of Vrindadevi was worshipped by Srila Rupa Goswami. Her presence in Kamyavan attracts many thousands of devotees each year.
Varsana is the sacred home of Srimati Radharani where She lived with Her parents during the early years of Her life. Along with Her gopi maidservants She would traverse the wooded forests of Varsana as they went to the market to sell their milk products - sometimes meeting Her beloved Krishna along the way. One of Her favorite forests still exists to this very day with ancient “desire trees” still dotting the landscape.
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Superexcellent Sri Radha-kunda stands supreme, for it is overflooded with the ambrosial nectarean prema of the Lord of Gokula, Sri Krishna. Where, then, is that intelligent Person who is unwilling to serve this divine Radha-kunda, which is situated at the foot of Govardhana Hill? (Sri Upadesamrita, verse 9)
At Kamyavan is the beautiful reddish coloured Deity of Sri Vrinda-devi which was worshipped by Srila Rupa Goswami 500 years ago. Nearby at Dharma-kunda Maharaja Yudhisthira answered to Yamaraja’s 10 questions.
Vrinda devi helps Purnamasi plan and orchestrate Radha and Krishna's daily pastimes in Vrindavan.
Only by the mercy of Vrinda devi, can we come to Vrindavan and hear the pastimes of the Divine Couple and only by her grace can we enter into these pastimes. “Vrinde names te caranaravindam!”
A sacred place where Rupa Goswami did bhajan 500 years ago.
Varsana, where Srimati Radharani displayed Her childhood pastimes, is a favorite place for all Vrajavasis.
Of all the sacred days in Vraja dhama, the appearance day of Srimati Radharani is most dear to the local inhabitants. All glories to Srila Prabhupada, the revealer of the holy dhama!
Village of Dauji, named after the presiding deity of the town, Dauji. Dauji means "the older brother" and is a name for Lord Balaram, Lord Krishna's older brother.
Beautiful & ornate Sri Madan Mohan was the first temple to be constructed in Vrindavan. The temple is situated on a small hill overlooking the Yamuna river & surrounding plains. Srila Sanatana Gosvami worshiped Sri Madan Mohan.
Kartik 2015 pilgrimage - the journey of self discovery and ultimate spiritual association!
Special journey of pilgrimage, in Sri Vrindavan dham and Jaipur in the most auspicious month of Kartik.
Kartik 2017 pilgrimage
Kartik 2019 pilgrimage
Kartik 2019 pilgrimage
Visit to Varsana & Raval on Radhastami
Govardhana Hill is 25 kms from Vrindavana. Here amazing transcendental pastime took place of Lord Krishna lifting the Govardhana Hill for 7 days on His little finger, thus protecting the inhabitants of Vraja from wrath of Indra.
A documentary on the Glories of Govardhan Hill by HH Bhakti Caitanya Swami Vedic scriptures proclaim that the glories of Lord Krishna are unlimited & eternal and no one is able to reach the end of them. In the same way, who can fully describe the splendid glories of Sri Giriraja-Govardhana, the best servant of the Lord and at the same time non-different from the Lord Himself!
To protect his dear Vrajavasis from Indra's wrath, Sri Krishna held the Hill on the small finger of His divine hand for seven days. The area of Govardhan is full of wonderful forests, lakes, caves, waterfalls, jeweled paths, platforms and pavilions. Lord's most intimate pastimes' places - Sri Radha-kunda & Sri Syama-kunda are located at the foot of the Hill.
"Of all the devotees this Govardhana Hill is the best! Or my friends this Hill supplies Krishna and Balarama, along with their calves, cows and cowherd friends, with all the necessities: water for drinking, very soft grass, caves, fruits, flowers and vegetables. In this way the Hill offers respects to the Lord. Being touched by the lotus feet of Krishna and Balarama, the hill appears very jubilant". (SB 10.21.18)
Holy place known as Mathura is spiritually superior to Vaikuntha, the transcendental world, because the Lord appeared there. Superior to Mathura is the transcendental forest of Vrindavana because of Krishna's rasa-lila pastimes. And superior to the forest of Vrindavana is Govardhana Hill, for it was raised by the divine hand of Sri Krishna & was the site of His various loving pastimes.