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Radha Kund Mathura Address: Govardhan, Mansi Ganga Lake, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, 281504, India
One of the main tourist attractions in Mathura is Radha Kund. Approximately 26 kms from the city, you can find this magnificent kund/lake by taking the Radha Kund road.
Radha Kund is one of the most revered places in the whole Braj region or Brijbhoomi, located at the foot of Govardhan Parvat. As the name suggests it is dedicated to Goddess Radharani or Radha, eternal consort of Lord Krishna.
History of Radha Kund Mathura
As per the Hindu belief, Lord Krishna created a lake/kund on Goddess Radha’s behest to wash off the sin of killing a bull (demon Aristasura) which would be known as Shyam Kund in later years. Goddess Radha along with her sakhis (friends) also created a lake which would be called Radha Kund.
Lord Krishna sanctified the Radha Kund and established that whoever takes a dip in this kund would be blessed with Radha Krishna Prem (the eternal love for Lord Krishna and Radharani).
Throughout the year lakhs of devotees visit Radha Kund to wash off their sins and to attain ultimate “Prema - Bhakti” that is love for the one and only Lord Krishna.
Things to do at Radha Kund
Radha Kund is the epitome of eternal love of Shri Krishna and Radharani, and devotees visit this place to pay homage to their sacred love. It is the only place where devotees take the holy dip at midnight or ‘ardh ratri snana’. This pilgrimage place allows devotees to indulge in various activities:
RadhaKund Parikrama: Devotees often offer ‘Parikrama’ or circumambulate around the Radha Kund to pay obeisance to the Goddess Radharani. It is one of the most important rituals for followers of Gaudiya Vaishnavism or Chaitanya Vaishnavism, who consider Shrimati radharani and Lord Krishna as ‘Swayam Bhagwan’ -supreme forms of God.
Govardhan Parikrama: ‘Govardhan Parvat’ or ‘Giriraj’ is a hillock in the Braj region often regarded as the physical form of Lord Krishna. Govardhan Parikrama, which refers to going around the circumference of the Govardhan parvat/hill is considered very auspicious. The distance is approximately 21 kms which is mostly covered on foot.
Shyam Kund: Shyam Kund is one of the most sacred ponds which is rich in mythology linked to Radha - Krishna lilas. Devotees take a dip in the pond to plunge into Prem Bhakti - the ultimate form of unconditional love for their Lord!
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Places to visit near Radha Kund
Standing on the sacred soil of Brajbhoomi is spiritually liberating in itself and being in the vicinity of Mathura and Vrindavan has its own significance among the followers of Hinduism. There is lot to explore around Radha Kund:
1. Kusum Sarovar: Around 2 kms from Radha Kund lies this sacred water reservoir with a historical monument in the backdrop. It is associated with the mythology woven around Goddess Radharani and Lord Krishna. The natural reservoir was restored and many structures were added by many of the great rulers of the region. You would be mesmerised by the beauty of the sandstone monument surrounding the pond, which was erected by the King Jawahar Singh of Bharatpur in memory of his parents.
2. Radha Damodar Temple: One can visit this ancient temple located in Vrindavan approximately 23 kms from Radha Kund. Here Lord Krishna is worshipped in the form of ‘Damodar’ with his consort Radharani. It was established by “Madhav Gaudiya Sampradaya” in 1542 CE and is one of the seven Goswami temples in Vrindavan. It houses the ‘Giriraj Shila’ which is believed to have footprints of Lord Krishna himself.
3. Dwarkadheesh Temple: Approximately 25 kms from Radha Kund is located one of the oldest and largest temples of Mathura where Lord Krishna is worshipped as Dwarkadheesh or Dwarkanath (King of Dwarka) with Goddess Radha. The existing structure of the temple was built in 1814 by the treasurer of Gwalior state with approval from the Maharaja of Gwalior. This magnificent temple has been constructed in Rajasthani style and has large premises.
4. Banke Bihari Temple: Banke Bihari Temple, located 25 kms from Radha Kund is dedicated to Lord Krishna, here ‘Banke’ means bent at angles and ‘Bihari’ or ‘Vihari’ means enjoyer. Here Lord Krishna idol stands in Tribhanga posture and is believed to be the same idol received by Swami Haridas ji (1478-1573) from the Lord Himself after giving his disciple the ‘Divya Darshan”. One must visit this magnificent temple built in Rajasthani style to experience the unique aura around the majestic “Bihari ji” who is loved and cared for as a child.
5. Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple Complex: Krishna Janmabhumi, previously known as Katra Keshavdev has religious significance as early as 3rd century BC. Krishna Janmabhoomi temple may have been constructed at the site as early as the 1st century but has been a target of multiple invasions. The present temple complex was rebuilt in 1982 after its destruction in 1670 by Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb.
This place is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna and is venerated among all the vaishnavites.
How to reach Radha Kund
You can reach Radha Kund by taking a private taxi from top car rental companies in Mathura or hiring an auto rickshaw from Mathura which is approximately half an hour drive to the destination.
Nearest railway station is Mathura Junction (25 kms) and the nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi which is 165 kms from Radha Kund.
Best Time to Visit Radha Kund
Mathura experiences extreme weather conditions during summer and winter months; the best time to visit Radha Kund is from October to November and from February to March.
Things to keep in mind while visiting Radha Kund
- Be aware of the monkeys as you might face some trouble from them. Carry your food and other belongings in a bag.
- The approaching lanes are very narrow, so be very careful if driving a four wheeler.
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