Vrinda Kund

This is a famous village where Krishna lived with His so called ‘Foster parents’, yasoda Mayi and Nanda Maharaj. After leaving Gokula because of the disturbance created by the demons, Nanda Maharaj first stayed at Shakatikara (Chhatikara),and then at Dig, and then at Kamyavana, before finally settling at Nandagaram, where he built a permanent residence. It is said that Krishna was in his sixth year when His foster parents Nanda and Yasoda arrived at Nandagram and he remained there until he was almost eleven, when he left to reside in Mathura with his actual parents, Vasudev and devaki, to whom He was born in prison cell of kamsa. In the bhaktivedanta purports to the Srimad Bhagvatam, it is mentioned that Nanda Maharaj left Gokul when krishna was three years and foue months old, having more or less completed His ‘kumara-lila’. At Shaktikara, Krishna Enjoyed his ‘pauganda-lila’ and began taking out the calves along with other cowheard boys of the same age. Krishna celebrated His fifth birthday at Shakatikara and after few more months Nanda Maharaj left Shakatikara and after staying at few places like Dig and kamyavana, and finally settled at Nandagaram when Krishna was six years and eight months old. At Nandagaram Krishna entered his purva-raga and assumed the beauty of million cupids which marks the begining the period of His ‘Kaisora-lila’, where He looks after the cows instead of the calves and begins his amorous patimes with the gopis.Then at the age of ten years and seven months Krishna left Nandagaram for Mathura.

Nanda Bhavan / Krishna Balaram Mandir 

This was the site of Nanda maharaja’s residence known as nanda Bhavan where krishna and Balaram lived; the word ‘bhavan’ means a palatial residence. The present temple of krishna-balarama has been built on the spot where Nanda’s residence once stood. within the temple one can see the large deities of yasoda Mayiand Nanda Maharaja with Krishna and Balaram standing in between them. on the right side of nanda are Krishna’s friends Shridama and Madhumangala.on the left of yasoda one can see Radharani, and then Rohini and Revati, the mother and the consort respectively of Balarama.

These deities of nanda, Yasoda and krishna are said to be the same deties found by Lord Chaitanya in a cave on Nandishwara Hill.The other dieties are added at a later time After Lord Chaitanyas departure from Vrindavana, he sent the Six Goswamis to the Holy Dhama for the purpose of excavating all the lost places of Krishna’s pastimes as well as eastablish temples of Radha-Krishna, wrtie books on the science of devotion, and in general revitalize the cult of krishna-bhakti amongst the population.  within a short time, temples were built at all the important pastime places like Vrindavana, Goverdhan, Nandagaram, and varsana. The present Krishna Balaram temple at Nandagaram was reportedly built by the wealthy landowner Rupa Rama Singh of Varsana in the 19th Century.

In the 11 years that followed, Srila Prabhupada circled the globe 14 times on lecture tours, bringing the teachings of Lord Krishna to thousands of people on 6 continents.  Men and women from all backgrounds and walks of life came forward to accept his message, and with their help, Shrila Prabhupada established ISKCON centers and projects throughout the world.  Under his inspiration, Krishna devotees established temples, rural communities, and educational institutions and started what would become the world’s largest vegetarian food relief program. With the desire to nourish the roots of Krishna consciousness in its home, Shrila Prabhupada returned to India several times, where he sparked a revival in the Vaishnava tradition. In India, he opened dozens of temples, including large centers in the holy towns of Vrindavana and Mayapur.

Shrila Prabhupada’s most significant contributions, perhaps, are his books. He authored over 70 volumes on the Krishna tradition, which are highly respected by scholars for their authority, depth, fidelity to the tradition and clarity. Several of his works are used as textbooks in univeersity courses. His writings have been translated into 76 languages. His most prominent works include: Bhagavad-gita As It Is, the multi-volume Srimad-Bhagavatam and the set of Sri Caitanya-caritamrita books.