Raval

In the Bhakti-ratnakara it says, ”o Srinivasa, this is Ravala, the village where Vrishbhanu used to very happily live. Sri Radhika appeared here, and by Her auspicious appearance the whole world was filled with joy”. Radharani appeared on Monday which was the eight day of the bright lunar fortnight in the month of Bhadra, as the daughter of Vrishbhanu maharaja and Kirtida devi, at that time it is said that the demigod showered flowers that they had collected from the Nadakanana celestial gardens near meru parvata. Because she was born the year after Krishna’s birth, during the constellation of Anuradha, she was called Radhika.

This village is situated on the banks of Yamuna and there is a temple known as the Ladali-lal mandir, where one can see the beautiful deities of Radha and Krishna, the name Ladali is used to describe a sweet young girl and means ‘beloved darling girl’. The name Lala means ‘beloved darling boy’ and is used to describe young boys. Before the construction of Barsana’s Sriji mandir, Srimati Radharani’s birthplace at raval, being very close to Mathura, was one of the most popular pilgrimage places in Vraja, but now very few pilgrim come here. Fortunately, Ravala is situated on the Vraja mandala parikrama route and therefore the Vraja yatris regularly visit this sacred place and have darsan at the Ladli-lal mandir. Raval is situated in the small forest of Ravalavana which is mentioned in the puranas as being on of the Upavanas or sub-forests of Vrindavan dham.