GOPIKAS adorn themselves to attract Krishna, secretly stash the milk, curd and butter so that Krishna can relish them, venture to the banks of the Yamuna and hear his melodious flute to give him joy. The gopi bhava (love flowing towards the Lord) which leads us to Krishna is love and pristine kam, the zenith of spiritual awareness. The undivided whole that is God requires the absorption of its parts to be restored to wholeness once again. Gopivallabha or beloved of the gopis is one of Lord Krishna's epithets. These cowherdesses representing souls in search of salvation are hungry for the fulfillment of their love.As Udhavaji says that so steeped in the love of Krishna are the hearts of the gopis that while others may only aspire to reach the state of oneness with the Lord these simple cowherdesses have already attained it. The longing of the gopikas and the calming of their desires by Lord Krishna is centred within Kamvan.
Visiting this place, drinking its water and praying here expiates all sins.
Shri Jai Krishna Das Baba (Vimal Kund):
He was a great devotee who stayed at Vimal Kund and existed by begging for alms.
The mind was paramount in his nature of worship. Once while praying he was restless and stepped out; stupefied to spot Shri Krishna, Balram and other cowherds who requested him for food and had a feast. A little later when he came out of his hut to sight the group they were nowhere to be seen. Baba was disheartened but Shri Krishna assured him of his return. The very next day an old lady came up with her son and handed him over since she was unable to look after the child. This miracle transformed his life and he was forever captivated by the madhurya or sweet love of this boy who seemed just like Shri Gopal.
All of a sudden Shri Shyam Sunder and Shri Radharani arrived and sat at this pond once. Their feet splashing the water, both of them playfully dallied with each other. The site blessed with the touch of their divine feet is famed as Charan Kund.
The power of Lord Vishwanath and Lord Shankar is perceptible here.
Shri Yashoda Kund:
Shri Vallabhacharyaji saw Madhusudan and Yashoda Kund. Lord Krishna the son of Shri Yashodaji came from Nand Gram and relaxed here. Taking cows for grazing was a quotient of Shri Krishna's daily regime; it was not compulsory for the Braj Raj to do so but was certainly a good excuse. He went for joyous abandon with his gopikas, spreading joy as he dallied with them. And these cowherdesses on some pretext or the other ventured to the forest bowers to delight in Lord Krishna's madhurya or loving tenderness. Early in the morning the whole lot of them, Shri Krishna, cows and cowherds would get ready to savour these escapades. Yashodaji, a doting mother could not bear the day-long separation. She would send chak through one of Krishn'a friends and at times go herself to catch a glimpse of her son. Overwhelmed with affection, he would run towards her wherever he may be and snuggle up to her. The meeting site of Shri Yashoda and Kanhaiya became renowned as Yashoda Kund. Bathing here leads to enlightenment of Krishna worship.
Shri Narad Kund:
Naradji is known as the heart of Lord Krishna, with his vina always resonating with devotional songs for the Supreme Being. Restless for a glimpse of the Lord, he was ecstatic on sighting the madhurya or lyrical softness of Lord Krishna at this pond in Braj.
Everyone was having a good time, as they merrily joked along. Brajwasis were keen to sight the Lord's leela or divine play in the Treta era. It is said that Lord Krishna enacted all the miraculous feats and bestowed them with the power of perception with which they could view the entire scenario. The site is famed as Setubandh Kund.
All of a sudden while grazing cattle with his cow-herds, Lord Krishna ventured to Charan Paharhi. Charmed, he came to fulfill the love of the hungering Braj Gopikas. The breeze blew his pitambar which the sakhis spotted instantly from a distance and they gathered here. Making their swamini or devotional ideal Shri Radha sit next to the Lord they absorbed their amorous frolic at this celestial sight. At times praising the Lord's diadem and sometimes Shri Radha's blue saree, the duo's love-laden eyes, vanamala and kanthi the sakhis were totally enraptured by the scenario. A boulder of this mount imprinted the footprints of their divine love on its heart and is known as the rendezvous of Shyam Sundar and the Braj Gopikas.
Yogis, Munis and saints do austere penance for years to catch a glimpse of Shyam Sundar but can't attain him easily. Lord Krishna is persistent as he pesters his mother to cross the threshold of Nand Baba's stairs. Stepping out, the same Lord along with his other sakhas is delighted to slide on a pichlini shila or slippery boulder. Blessed by God's touch the boulder is a source of joy for us.
Surbhi Kund (Shri Vallabhacharyaji's Baithak):
Close to Shri Nand Koop beneath a tree is the baithak or seating site of Shri Manmahaprabhuji where the environs of Shrimad Bhagwat protect its divinity till date. When Shrimadacharyaji arrived he thought of staying on when the purohit revealed that an evil spirit infests this site and takes the person's life that dwells here. Next morning when a devotee went for washing Acharyaji's clothes at the pond he saw the spirit and screamed. Mahaprabhuji narrated the story of the ghost's previous birth. This Brahman stayed in Braj with great grandeur and took back the land earlier donated by him. Because of this wicked deed he turned into an evil spirit. Soon enough by the grace of Mahaprabhuji the Brahman was freed from this form. Bathing here all of us can fulfill our heart's desires.
Bhojansthali where Lord Krishna had a meal with his sakhas is close by. It is said that Shri Shankracharyaji had darshan of Shri Krishan's gang of cow-herd friends at this site.
Rati Keli Kund:
The kund has been made for Rati Keli, a very dear sakhi, of the Lord. She bathes here daily. It augments the good fortune of all.
Shri Kameshwar Mahadev:
Getting rid of all wordly desires, Kameshwar Mahadev blesses us with the pious love of Lord Krishna. Resplendent in the form of a chetrapal or guard the idol is enshrined in the north-east corner of the village.
Gokul Chandramaji (Thakur Swarupa):
Shri Madan Mohanji:
Gosain Vithalnathji had handed over the devotional service of this Thakurji to his seventh son, Shri Ghanshyamji. To escape from the Mughals' brutalities the descendants of Ghanshyamji took him to Jaipur and due to lack of proper arrangement onwards to Bikaner. When Gokul Chandramaji was brought to Kamvan, Madan Mohanji also came to this region.
Dauseras (Devsheersh Sthan):
Along with sakhas, Shri Dama, Subal and Madhumangal, Lord Krishna ventures here daily to graze cows. Once the deities were keen to have a glimpse of the Lord and his sakhas, which is not feasible in Devlok. All the devtas descended on Braj and were amazed to behold the beauty and madhurya of the Lord with his sakhas. The Divine Incarnate was merrily roaming in the forests and tending his cows. Renowned as Devsheersh Sthan, the site recounts this earlier history. It is located on the north of Lathavan.
Samri Khera (Samihi Khera, Surya Patan Van):
Innocent pranks, lyrical softness and loving tenderness all add up to the madhurya of Lord Krishna. Now he is adamant to savour butter and raw sugar from his mother and now relishes butter as he loots it around; at times wandering in Nandraiji's courtyard with the tinkling of his anklets. Exuding joyous abandon in Braj, he prances along with his dear sakhas. The gopikas witness His divine dalliances as they long for His company. The site woven with the Lord's pastimes and recreational pursuits is known as Paramdara. Shri Damsakha and Krishna Sarovar are worth a visit.
It is known as the penance site of Shri Badri Narayanji. Only Lord Krishna's close devotees can savour his leelas or divine play and that too by his grace. Embellished with dense foliage and nestled within a row of mountains this place is celestial. Once when the Brajwasis were keen to visit Lord Badrinarayan, Lord Krishna got Nandraiji and Brajwasis here to have his darshan. The Alaknanda River flows in the site renowned as Aadi Badri.
Navneet Parvat (Kadam Kanan):
The sweet fragrance, charm and wealth of the kadamba trees are famed at every site of Braj. Shri Shyam Sundar, with HIS DIVINE CONSORT Shri Radha and their entourage of sakhis are eternally engrossed in GODLY dalliances beneath the dense foliage of these kadamba trees. During the Jhoolan Utsav (swing festival) the tree is very useful for the Braj Gopikas.Dhval Mount and Navneet Mount reminding us of dark-hued Shri Krishna and fair Shri Radha, are close by. Indrauli Gram is not far, where God Indra meditated upon Shri Krishna and was blessed.
Guhana (Gauhristi Van):
Lord Krishna coming to graze cows with his sakhas revels in some new spirited antic everyday. The Lord is busy in looting milk, curd and buttermilk or bantering with sakha Subal while the cows wander far away in the process. At this site he calls out to the cows by their respective names making them return. Shyam and Gopal Kunds are located here.
A little ahead of Aadi Badri, in the midst of a row of mountains and forests, Burhe Badri Narayan is resplendent. These series of mountains are often called Gandh Madan Parvat with the pilgrimage sites of Haridwar, Laxman Jhoola, Kankhal and Rishikesh nestled within its evirons.