A Trip to Radha Kunda
Visit the Most Beautiful of All Kundas- Radha Kunda!
Krishnasyoccaih pranaya-vasatih preyasibhyo 'pi radha
kundam casya munibhir abhitas tadrg eva vyadhayi
yat presthair apy alam asulabham kim punar bhakti-bhajam
tat premedam sakrd api sarah snatur aviskaroti
"Of the many objects of favored delight and of all the lovable damsels of Vrajabhumi, Srimati Radharani is certainly the most treasured object of Krishna's love. And, in every respect, Her divine kunda is described by great sages as similarly dear to Him. Undoubtedly Radha-kunda is rarely attained even by the great devotees; therefore it is even more difficult for ordinary devotees to attain. If one simply bathes once within those holy waters, one's pure love of Krishna is fully aroused." (Srila Rupa Goswami's "The Nectar of Instruction," by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, verses 9-11)
But How did Radha Kunda Appear in the Material World?
Story of Radha Kunda [from: vegetarian-restaurants.net/Vrindavana/Radha-Kund/Radha-Kund-Pastimes.htm]
The story of Radha Kunda is that one demon named Aristasura, in the body of a bull, was killed by Krishna. The gopis (cowherd girls) told Krishna, "that for killing a bull, the symbol of religion, He had to purify Himself by visiting every single holy place in the three worlds. If you take bath at all the holy places, You will be relieved of the offense of killing him."
Krishna then said, "Why should I visit all these places, I will just bring the water from all these places here and then bathe in them." Krishna then struck His heel on the ground and all the waters of all the holy places entered into Syama Kunda. Krishna then bathed in Syama Kunda. He finished his bath sometime before midnight.
After bathing, he said that the gopis had become impure because they had sided with a demon, even though he had been in the form of a bull. The gopis led by Radharani then dug another pond nearby with their bangles. There was no water in the hole, so the gopis formed a line to Manasa Ganga and began to fill the hole they dug by passing water from one gopi to another. Then a representative of all the sacred places told Radharani, "Our lives would be successful if we could enter Your pond." The holy waters from Syama Kunda then flowed into Radha Kunda with the permission of Radha. So Radha Kunda is the holy waters from all the sacred places.
Description of Radha Kunda in the Spiritual World
Radha Kunda is surrounded by kadamba, campaka, asoka, mango, punnaga (white lotus) and bakula trees, and lavanga and vasnati creepers. The banks are decorated with different kinds of gems. Radha and Krishna swing on a gold gem-studded swing, hanging from a tree.
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur gives a description of Radha Kunda in his book, Gita Mala. The banks of Radha Kunda are made of desire-fulfilling touchstones. There are hundreds of beautiful transcendental gardens surrounding the lake. The trees and creepers of the gardens are made of coral and rubies and the fruits they produce are pearls and diamonds.
Krishna Dasa Kaviraja in his Sri Govinda-lilamrita and Sri Visvanatha Cakravarti in his Sri Krishna Bhavanamrita describe Radha Kunda in the spiritual world. On the four sides of Radha Kunda are jeweled stairways leading to jeweled bathing ghats. A jeweled bridge connects Radha Kunda with Syama Kunda. On either side of the ghats are pairs of swings. There are jeweled platforms around the stairs of the ghats, flanking gem-studded cottages.
There are many shade trees and flowering creepers. These flowering creepers have unlimited flowers. On all side of Radha Kunda are kalpa-vriksha (wish-fulfilling) trees. The bathing ghats are surrounded by various kunjas (forest groves or gardens).
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