Just a Moment
In older times everybody use to perform yajnas.The villagers of braj use to perform special prayers and yajnas in the honor of lord Indra, the god of rain. Lord Krishna felt that these prayers were boosting the pride of lord Indra because of which Indra believed that he ruled the trinity. Lord Krishna is too kind he believes vanity is every creature’s worst enemy and cause of its destruction. To save Indra lord Krishna asked the villagers, and Nandbaba his father and mother Yoshada to offer these prayers to Mount Goverdhan rather than lord Indra. He told everyone that lord Indra was just a chief god, whereas the Mount Goverdhan had various assets to heal and protect which would benefit the villagers. Thus we all should pay our gratitude to the holy mount by offering prayers. They agreed to lord Krishna and did accordingly. Special yajnas were performed and Chhappan bhog was offered to lord Goverdhan. ' Lord Goverdhan' is Lord Krishna’s replica and the chappan bhog offered by villagers became famous as ‘Annakoot’; lord Krishna himself accepted all the bhog by his several hands by appearing before them in the form of lord Goverdhan.
Govardhan famous for Holy Goverdhan Hill.There are many temple in this town Haridev Mandir, Daan-Ghati Mandir and Mukharbind. The temple god is another form of Lord Krishna. The town is also famous for its 21 kilometre long Parikrama of the a very old hill called Govardhan. The parikrama procession is held in very high religious belief..
Daan Ghati commemorates the tax collecting pastime of Lord Krishna. It is the narrow pass through the Govardhan Hill where Krishna and his Gopa friends used to stop and demand tax (Dana) from Gopis who passes through this path while going to the market for selling their milk products. Usually, after having enough arguments, gopis would give some milk products to Krishna and his friends as a tax because if they refused they were not allowed to pass through and there was no other way nearby. Krishna and his friends allow them to pass through the pass only after having enough of their milk products as the tax. The Gopis used to forget this incidence the very next day and would again go through that way for selling their products. This celebrated pastime of tax collection is known as Dana-keli-lila. This temple has the deities in the form of rock from Govardhan hill which is said to be sinking by few millimeters every year.
This is a very tranquil and peaceful place. Gaudiya Vaishnavas consider it to be the most holy place in the Braja area. There are two holy tanks here right next to each other. For years Radha Kund and Syama Kund were lost and no one knew exactly where they were located. When Sri Chaitanya came to Vrindavan in 1514, he rediscovered these two important kunds.The story of Radha Kund is that a demon named Aristasura, in the body of a bull, was killed by Krishna. The gopis (cowherd girls) told Krishna that for killing a bull he had to purify himself by visiting every single holy place in the three worlds. 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 the holy places entered into Syama Kund. The gopis led by Radharani then dug another pond nearby with their bangles.
Manasi Ganga is the largest lake or Kund in the central part of the Govardhan town. It is no different from river Ganga being manifested by the will (Manasi) of Lord Krishna. It’s said that one who bathes in Ganga is freed from all his sins but one who takes bath in Manasi Ganga is not only freed from sins but also attains the purest devotion of Krishna. The sacred circumambulation of Govardhan hill starts and ends at Manasi Ganga. The legend behind the origin of Manasi Ganga is that, once Kansa sent a demon to kill Lord Krishna. The demon took the form of a calf and hides himself within in the cattle group of Lord Krishna. When Krishna realized this, he killed that demon. As he had killed the demon while he was in the form of a calf, his cowherd friends refused to play with him and advised him to go and have a bath in river Ganga to purify his body of the sin of killing a calf. Unwilling to leave Braj, Krishna remembered Ganga within his mind and to his will Ganga took the form of Manasi Ganga and started flowing near the foot of Govardhan hill. Krishna then took bath in sacred waters of Manasi Ganga and purified himself to the pleasure of his cowherd friends. According to other legend, Krishna manifested Manasi Ganga through his mind (Manasi) to the pleasure of his foster parents Nand and Yashoda after knowing their desire for bathing in river Ganga and their unwillingness to leave the land of Braj.
Kusuma Sarovara, a beautiful sandstone monument, is a 25-minute walk from Radha Kunda. Kusuma means “flower,” and here the gopis would pick flowers for Krishna. Kusuma Sarovara is the best swimming spot in Braja. After you go to Radha Kunda you could spend a relaxing hour here. It is a peaceful place, which many people visit. During Lord Caitanya’s time this place was known as Sumanah Sarovara. It is stated in the Caitanya Caritamrita that Lord Caitanya took bath here. The ghatas at this kunda and the buildings above the kunda were built by Jawahir Singh, the king of Bharatpur around 1764, in honor of his father Raja Suraj Mall. Suraj Mall attacked the Mughal King of Delhi and was killed in the battle. His son Jawahir Singh then attacked Delhi and killed the Mughal king. On the upper level are three tombs. The main tomb of Raja Suraj Mall has beautiful paintings on its ceiling depicting the pastimes of Krishna and the lotus feet of Krishna engraved on the floor. There are also some paintings of Raja Suraj Mall in his court. The other tombs are those of his two queens, Kishori and Hansiya. There are beautiful paintings on the ceiling of these two tombs.
The Haridev temple is a renowned sacred temple situated at the banks of the Manasi Ganga lake at Govardhana Hill, Vrindavan, India. It is a special place as millions of pilgrims come there every year to ask blessings on their spiritual journeys. The temple was built by King Bhagandas of Jaipur, whose son, Rajaman Singh, built the Govindaji Temple in the sixteenth century during the reign of Emperor Akbar.The original Deity of Harideva was moved to the town of Rajdhani near Kanpur when Aurangzeb sent his soldiers to destroy the Deities and temples of Vraja. But the Deity is no longer in Rajdhani, and nobody knows where it is.