August 6, 2020
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Bahulastami – Apperance of Radha-Kunda and Shyama-Kunda

On the eighth day of the waning phase of the damodara month the appearance day of Radha Kunda is celebrated by the residents. Bathing in Radha Kunda is especially benefical on this day. By this one gains the favor of Radha, by which one gains the favor of Krsna. Radha Kunda appeared at midnight. People go to Radha Kunda and offer prasadam, garlands and pumkins (gords) into the water, then at midnight take bath in Radha Kunda and then bathe in Syama Kunda. Many people like to bathe at a ghat where Lord Nityananda’s sakti, Jahnava Mata used to bathe. But wherever you go you better get there early as thousands of people/devotees will be there. And bring some warm clothing for afterwards, as it is sooooo “cooling”.

The holy place known as Mathura is spiritually superior to Vaikuntha, the transcendental world, because the Lord appeared there. Superior to Mathura puri is the transcendental forest of Vrndavana because of Krsna’s rasalila pastimes. And superior to the forest of Vrndavana is Goverdhana Hill, for it was raised by the divine hand of Sri Krsna and was the site of his various loving pastimes. And, above all, the superexcellent Sri Radha Kunda stands supreme, for it is overflooded with the ambrosial nectarean prema of the Lord of gokula, Sri Krsna. Where, then, is that intelligent person who is unwilling to serve this divine Radha Kunda, which is situated at the foot of Goverdhana Hill?

Srila Rupa Goswami’s Nectar of Instruction

Map of Radha Kund and Shyam Kund

The Origin of Radha-kund

After killing a bull-demon named Aristasura, Krishna approached Radharani to engage in loving affairs. However, She rebuked Him, stating He was impure because of committing the sin of killing a bull, the symbol of religion. She suggested that to counteract this sin He should bathe in all the sacred rivers.
 
Krishna, being eager to engage in loving affairs with Srimati Radharani, immediately shoved His lotus foot into the ground, making a large hole, and called all the sacred rivers to enter into it. They appeared before Him and formed Syama-kunda (the bathing place of Syama–one who is the color of a dark rain cloud).
 
After bathing, Krishna stated that He had become pure by bathing in Syama-kunda, but that the gopis had become impure, having sided with a demon, even though he appeared in the form of a bull. Radharani, along with some of Her gopi friends, broke their bangles and dug a hole with the broken pieces. But there was no water – so Krishna laughed. The gopis then formed a line to the Manasi Ganga and started to fill the hole with water that was passed from one gopi to another. At that time, all the sacred rivers again arrived in person and requested permission to enter into Radharani’s kunda, which they did after receiving Radharani’s blessing.


Sri Radha-Kundastaka

Raghunatha Dasa Goswami
Book Name: Stavavali
Language: Sanskrit

(1)
vṛṣabha-danuja-nāśān narma-dharmokti-rańgair
nikhila-nija-sakhībhir yat sva-hastena pūrṇam
prakaṭitam api vṛndāraṇya-rājñā pramodais
tad ati-surabhi rādhā-kuṇḍam evāśrayo me

“After the killing of Aristasura, Srimati Radhika and Her sakhis exchanged many joking words with Sri Krishna concerning the necessary atonement for one who has committed the offence of killing a bull. As a result, the Queen of Vrindavana, Srimati Radhika, and Her sakhis joyfully excavated and filled Sri Radha Kunda with their own hands. May that immensely fragrant Radha Kunda be my shelter.”

(2)
vraja-bhuvi mura-śatroḥ preyasīnāḿ nikāmair
asulabham api tūrṇaḿ prema-kalpa-drumaḿ tam
janayati hṛdi bhūmau snātur uccair priyaḿ yat
tad ati-surabhi rādhā-kuṇḍam evāśrayo me

“In the land of the hearts of those who bathe in Radha Kunda, a desire tree of the superlative prema, which is not attainable even for Krishna’s principal queens in Dvaraka, will arise. May that supremely charming Radha Kunda be my shelter.”

(3)
agha-ripur api yatnād atra devyāḥ prasāda-
prasara-kṛta-katākṣa-prāpti-kāmaḥ prakāmam
anusarati yad ucaaiḥ snāna-sevānubandhais
tad ati-surabhi rādhā-kuṇḍam evāśrayo me

“For the pleasure of Srimati Radhika, even Sri Krishna Himself, yearning to attain Her merciful sidelong glance, regularly bathes in Radha Kunda, carefully observing all the appropriate rituals. May that supremely enchanting Radha Kunda be my shelter.”

(4)
vraja-bhuvana-sudhāḿśoḥ prema-bhūmir nikāmaḿ
vraja-madhura-kiśorī-mauli-ratna-priyeva
paricitam api nāmnā yā ca tenaiva tasyās
tad ati-surabhi rādhā-kuṇḍam evāśrayo me

“May that supremely enchanting Radha Kunda, which the moon of Vraja, Sri Krishna, loves as much as He loves the crown jewel amongst the sweet girls of Vraja, Srimati Radhika, and which He has made known by the name of Radhika Herself, be my shelter.”

(5)
api jana iha kaścid yasya sevā-prasādaiḥ
praṇaya-sura-latā syāt tasya goṣṭhendra-sūnoḥ
sapadi kila mad-īśā-dāsya-puṣpa-praśasyā
tad ati-surabhi rādhā-kuṇḍam evāśrayo me

“The mercy obtained by serving Radha Kunda makes the desire creeper of prema for the Prince of Vraja sprout and is celebrated for bearing the flower of service to my Swamini Srimati Radhika. May that supremely charming Radha Kunda be my shelter.”

(6)
taṭa-madhura-nikuñjaḥ klpta-nāmāna uccair
nija-parijana-vargaiḥ samvibhajyāśritas taiḥ
madhukara-ruta-ramyā yasya rājanti kāmyās
tad ati-surabhi rādhā-kuṇḍam evāśrayo me

“Gloriously manifest on the banks of Radha Kunda are eight kunjas named after Radhika’s principal sakhis. Acting as stimuli for the amorous pastimes of the Divine Couple, these kunjas are filled with the sweet humming of bumblebees and are desired by everyone. May that supremely enchanting Radha Kunda be the shelter of my life.”

(7)
taṭa-bhuvi vara-vedyāḿ yasya narmāti-hṛdyāḿ
madhura-madhura-vārtāḿ goṣṭha-candrasya bhańgyā
praṭhayati mitha īśā prāṇa-sakhyālibhiḥ sā
tad ati-surabhi rādhā-kuṇḍam evāśrayo me

“Situated on an exquisite dais on the bank of Radha Kunda and accompanied by Her beloved sakhis, our Swamini Srimati Radhika charmingly engages in sweet, joking words with Sri Krishna, the moon of Vraja. These playful verbal exchanges are enhanced by the suggestion of so many inuendos. May that Radha Kunda be the shelter of my life.”

(8)
anudinam ati-rańgaiḥ prema-mattāli-sańghair
vara-sarasija-gandhair hāri-vāri-prapūrṇe
viharata iha yasmin dam-patī tau pramattau
tad ati-surabhi rādhā-kuṇḍam evāśrayo me

“May that very charming and especially fragrant Radha Kunda, where intoxicated with love the Divine Couple and the sakhis daily sport with great joy in the water so fragrant with exquisite lotus flowers, be the sole shelter of my life.”

(9)
avikalam ati devyāś cāru kuṇḍāṣṭakaḿ yaḥ
paripaṭhati tadīyollāsi-dāsyārpitātmā
aciram iha śarīre darśayaty eva tasmai
madhu-ripur ati-modaiḥ śliṣyamāṇāḿ priyāḿ tām

“To that devotee who, in a resolute mood of aspiring to serve Srimati Radhika, reads this charming prayer describing Sri Radha Kunda, even in their present body Sri Krishna will quickly grant them darsana of not only His beloved Radhika, but also of Their many variegated amorous pastimes. Witnessing these pastimes and envisioning himself serving Yugala Kisora in various ways, such a devotee will feel immense jubilation.”

All glories to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada by whose causeless mercy we have come to know the glories of Sri Radha-Kunda!

Sri Krsna Kundastaka

Eight Prayers Glorifying Syama kunda
by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakur

tim tapas cakara tirtha laksam aksayam pura
suprasidati sma krsna eva sad varam yatah
yatra vasam apa sadhu tat samasta durlabhe
tatra krsna kunda eva samsthitih stutastu nah

What austerities did the hundreds of thousands of eternal holyplaces perform to please Krsna and obtain from Him thebenediction to live at Krsna kunda, the rarest holy place? Let usglorify residence at Krsna kunda.

yady arista danavo pi danado maha nidher
asmad adi durmatibhya ity aho vasiyate
yo mrti cchalena yatra muktim adbhutam vyadhat
tatra krsna kunda eva samsthitih stutastu nah

If even the Arista demon was able to enter Krsna kunda, thencrooked hearted persons such as us may also be able to livethere. Let us glorify residence at Krsna kunda which, on thepretext of death, grants a wonderful form of liberation.

Go vadhassya niskrtis triloka tirtha kotibhi
radhayety avadi tena ta harih samahvayat
yatra parsni ghata je mamaj ja ca svayam muda
tatra krsna kunda eva samsthitih stutastu nah

When Radha said, “To atone for killing a cow (Aristasura) Youmust visit millions of holy places in the three worlds,” Krsnacalled all the holy places and then happily bathed in the lakethat sprang from His heel. Let us glorify residence at Krsnaªkunda.

kvapi papa nasa eva karma bandha bandhanad
brahma saukhyam eva visnuloka vasita kvacit
prema ratnam atyayatnam eva yatra labhyate
tatra krsna kunda eva samsthitih stutastu nah

At some holy places one becomes free from all sins, at othersone becomes free from the bondage of karma, at others one attainsBrahman happiness, and at others one attains residence inVisnuloka. Let us glorify residence at Krsna kunda, where withoutany effort one attains the jewel of pure love for Krsna.

Phulla madhavi rasala nipa kunja mandale
Bhrnga koka kokiladi kakali yad ancati
Asta yamikavitarka koti bheda saurabham
tatra krsna kunda eva samsthitih stutastu nah

Krsna kunda is surrounded by groves of mango, kadamba and othertrees with many madhavis and other vines. There is the music ofcakravakas, cuckoos, and bees. At night there are millions ofinconceivable sweet fragrances. Let us glorify residence atKrsna kunda.

Dola keli citra rasa nrtya giti vadanair
Nihnava prasuna yuddha sidhu pana kautukaih
yatra khelatah kisora sekharau sahalibhis
tatra krsna kunda eva samsthitih stutastu nah

With gopi friends the two crowns of youth enjoyed many pastimesthere. They rode on a swing, danced wonderful rasa dances, sang,played instrumental music, and talked. In a secluded place Theyeagerly drank the nectar of a flower battle. Let us glorifyresidence at Krsna kunda.

Divya ratnna nirmitavatara sara sausthavais
chatrika viraji caru kuttima prabha bharaih
sarva loka locanati dhanyata yato bhavet
tatra krsna kunda eva samsthitih stutastu nah

With the beauty of its glistening jewel shores and the splendorof its canopies and mosaic pavements it brings auspiciousness toall eyes. Let us glorify residence at Krsna kunda.

mathuram vikunthato pi janma dhama durlabham
vasakananam tato pi panina dhrto girih
sri hares tato pi yat param saro ti pavanam
tatra krsna kunda eva samsthitih stutastu nah

The district of Mathura, Krsna’s birthplace, is more sacred anddificult to attain than Vaikuntha. The forest where He lived ismore sacred still, and the hill lifted by His hand is more sacredthan that. More sacred than that is Lord Hari’s very purifyinglake nearby. Let us glorify residence at Krsna kunda.

Krsna kunda tira vasa sadhakam pathed idam
yo stakam dhiyam nimajya keli kunja rajitoh
radhika girindradharinoh padambu jesu sa
prema dasyam eva sighram apnuyad anamayam

May he who reads these eight verses, which convince one to resideat the shore of Krsna kunda, and who also plunges his mind in thelotus flowers of Sri Sri Radha Giridhari’s feet, quickly attainsincere love for Them.

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