Appearance of Radha-kunda

Radha-kunda is a pond near Govardhan Hill in Vrindavan, India, which was originally created by Krishna‘s cowherd girlfriends, the gopis, during Krishna’s boyhood pastimes in Vrindavan. In the sixteenth century, it was rediscovered by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, and renovated by Mahaprabhu’s disciples, the Six Goswamis. Many texts, including the Puranas, Srimad-Bhagavatam, Upadeshamrita, and Chaitanya-charitamrita say that Radha-kunda is one of the most significant places of pilgrimage on earth.

  • In the Srimad-Bhagavatam: The Origin of Radha-kunda
    – Twenty ancient verses describing how Krishna and His cowherd girl friends created the two ponds known as Radha-kunda and Shyama-kunda. (From the purport to Srimad-Bhagavatam, 10.36.16)
  • The Appearance of Radha-kunda
    – a modern retelling of Krishna’s pastime which resulted in the creation of one of the holiest places on earth.
  • In the Upadeshamrita (Nectar of Instruction)The Glories of Radha-kunda
    – verses 9, 10, and 11 all remark on the unique transcendental qualities of Radha-kunda.
  • In the Chaitanya-charitamrita: Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Visit To Vrindavan
    – verses 8-14 describe Mahaprabhu’s glorification of Radha-kunda’s unique spiritual potency.
  • In the Chaitanya-charitamrita: Renovation of Radha-kunda
    – how the Goswamis uncovered many of Vrindavan’s lost treasures, including the renovation of Radha-kunda.