Radha Kund

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rohitagarwal55
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India401 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Friends
Radha Kund and Krishna Kund come on choti parikrama marg of Govardhan. Both the Kunds (ponds) are interconnected and adjacent to each other. One can take holy dip in the Kund. You can also buy fresh vegetables from the market outside Rada Kund.
Written July 29, 2021
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Debashis T
Dehradun, India2,276 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The Radha Kund and Krishna Kund are two large, significant ponds located along the Govardhan Hill parikrama path. Due to the narrow and crowded approach road, e-rickshaws drop visitors approximately 200 meters away from the kunds. It is recommended not to touch the water with your feet; instead, you can take some water in your hands and sprinkle it on your body. Interestingly, the water in each kund is of a different color.
Written June 13, 2024
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Amolak Rattan K
New Delhi, India2,990 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
A water body where History is associated. This place is known to be the famous where Lord Krishna had teased Radha and her Sakhis all Gopis . You can relax on the banks and meditate.
Governor Amolak Rattan Kohli
Written April 28, 2019
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DSpring
Toronto, Canada56 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Friends
On my pilgrimage to Vrindavan, I was very much looking forward to visiting Radha Kund, as the water past times of Krishna and Radha are some of my favorites. I was so excited to get to visit this spot and have a sacred bath in its waters. I came with a group of devotees - we were all on a bhakti and kirtan retreat through Northern India.

Upon entering the area, many pujaris were present offering charanamrita - if you took it, which they made it impossible to not, as they boxed you in so you had to go between them, and if you did not hold out your hand they would forcibly grab you, pull you back, pull out your hand and then give it to you - and immediately demanding 500rs. If you did not give, or did not give enough (for instance, offering 100rs), they would grab your wallet and demand more, not letting you past. Some in my group were able to dodge them, while they would be holding another in the group, but the majority of us were forced to give the 500rs.

Fine. I'm not one to begrudge what amounts to a fairly small amount of money, and I was planning on donating to the location anyway for the privilege of using it, however being physically accosted was a really unfortunate way to begin the experience. Once we made it past the entrance, our guides took us over to Sri Jhanavi's Sitting Place and personal ghat and was attempting to share information and wisdom with us. Two of the pujaris followed us, and continued to go to each person demanding 500rs to view the sitting place. Some of the devotees were filing down to take a small cleansing in the ghat - pouring a few drops of water onto their heads. When one of the members of our group who was African American went to go down, the two pujaris physically blocked his way and said he could not go down unless he gave them 1000rs. He finally gave up trying to get past them, and simply turned around without being able to use the ghat.

Our guide was getting a bit frustrated with them, so he led us on a parikrama around Radha Kund, to leave the immediate area of the pujaris, and to try and dispell the very distasteful energy which was building. Unfortunately, the pujaris followed us for our entire parikrama around the outside of the kund. We were stopping at various locations, and even held an impromptu kirtan at Sri Caitanya's Sitting Place that lasted for nearly an hour - they waited for us outside, still demanding money for every little doorway we'd pass by.

We finally got back around to the main bathing ghats at Radha Kund. While the pujaris seemed to begin focusing their efforts solely on our guide, some of us girls went behind the wall which was serving as the ladies changing area. Plenty of local women were using it, and we put up towels and clothing to block any view through the tiles for extra modesty. However, there was a group of 3 old men that were sitting directly behind just staring into the changing area! Several older local women went and tried to chase them away, but they stubbornly stayed. So we were all holding up extra fabric to try and actually change into our bathing clothes (all extremely modest - knee length pants, loose long shirts, shoulders covered, etc).

We finally began to descend the ghat steps, and the pujaris appeared again yelling instructions of how to bathe (we know the proper protocols) and then wanting money for having told us. We were trying to pray and chant and focus on our sacred bath, but it was extremely difficult. We got in and got out as quickly as we could. Some girls ran to bathe in the adjacent kund, but they were followed by the pujaris, and the rest of us just didn't want to deal with it and went to face the gauntlet of leering eyes to try and change back into our dry clothes.

After we bathed, our guide said that we would go ahead and do the flower puja the pujaris were pushing at him, to try and satisfy them - even though they had already received many thousands of rupees from our group for every little thing. They led us through a very simple and rote puja, we threw our flowers which the guide had paid for into the kund - and then they told us all we had to give at least 100 additional rupees in order for the blessings to take, but that we'd be better off giving 500-1000 rupees. We all just were exhausted from the constant harassment, threw some rupees onto the plate so that we could leave.

Overall, it was a really disheartening experience. It was a beautiful and meaningful place, and it was impossible to take in the spiritual atmosphere properly. If I had been left alone, I would have a happily donated a good amount. But being harassed and manhandled while money is being demanded was extremely distasteful.

Also of note, for pilgrims, if you are a foreigner, do not put the charanamrita into your mouth. Simply dribble it onto your head. The couple of devotees who instinctively put it into their mouth out of habit got extremely ill 2 hours later with severe intestinal distress and fever that lasted several days.

Overall, it was the most disappointing place of pilgrimage. A real shame, because the significance of the place is profound, and we would have really liked to have been able to be in more quiet and devotional mood while visiting.
Written March 26, 2015
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HIREN J
Pune, India34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Family
Just few minutes walking distance from parking area, worth buying bangles at unbelievably cheaper rate Rs.5. and very good bed sheets. do not enter into water with footwear. Thekedar are collecting unnecessary cash from drivers from other places. ATM is available near parking.
Written November 8, 2013
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SubashSL
Chennai (Madras), India65 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Family
One of the six Goswamis, Rupa Goswami considered the Radha Shyama Kund the holiest of all places not only in Vrindavan but in the world. These Kunds, the Radha Kund and the Shyama Kund (or ponds) are believed to have been created by Radha and Krishna. Our Iskcon Brahmachari guide told us that the water is so sacred that we shouldn't step into it and that we are supposed to just sprinkle the water on our heads after scooping a handful out of the Kunda. I even regretted later why I didn't take a bottle of it home. Sadly what I would have carried home in the name of holy water would have been contaminated water instead because on the other side are people bathing, washing clothes, brushing and what not. I also wonder how the people managing these ponds allow such things. Radha Shyama Kund is located on the Govardhan Parikrama and is another must on your list of places to visit at Mathura.
Written October 6, 2013
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shastrav
New Delhi, India27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Family
While doing Parikram arround Govardhan , we came across Radha Kund ..which is supposed to be Divine water ..heals all ailments of a person....But it is sad to see that Place is not properly well maintained ..
Written May 26, 2013
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RMAggar
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India271 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Friends
Spiritually, the most significant and the holiest Pond “Radha Kund” is said to belong to an era when Lord Sri Krishna was too young and his maternal uncle ‘Kans’ repeatedly tried to kill him. One of such attempt on his life and the life of his brother Balram; was when mama Kans sent a demon by the name Arishta, who assumed the form of a calf/ bull and attacked Krishna. However, the calf was easily overpowered and killed by the Lord. However, as the bull, belongs to cow family; and its killing is considered to be a sin at the asking of Radha and other holy men and to atone for the sin; and to avoid Bathing in all the holy waters of the world Lord Krishna my his magical powers, created a large kunda by striking the ground with His heel. Thereafter, he summoned all the holy places who in turn entered in the Kunda in the form of water; and thus was created the kunda with all holy waters. Krishna then bathed in it. This is ‘Krishan Kund’.
Thereafter, Radha dig the adjoining place with her ‘Kangan’ (bracelet); and gave permission to the holy places / waters to enter her kunda. A current of water flowed from Krishna-kunda to Radha-kunda. In sacred writings it is considered to be the supreme of all holy places, containing the most pure and sacred water. It is considered to be the holiest. It is well maintained; said to contain magical properties to heal; and for conception. One feels blessed by just touching the water in Radha kund. We saw almost equal number of foreigners (both men and women) and Indians from far and wide taking their dip in Radha Kund. Just near the kund, in the lane; there are 2 halwaai shops; and their eatables both ‘namkeen’ like samosa and sweet were fresh and very tasty / very good.
Written October 21, 2013
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i_krishna
Faridabad, India86 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
It is highly recommended that you take a dip in the kund or at least take some water upon your head from one of the most famous bathing ghats known. It is a stopover for those taking the parikrama and some people do take a holy bath before completing their parikrama. As at almost all places, please beware of the 'pandits' who will always try to rip you off in one or the other way.
Written February 28, 2015
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Angela T
Liverpool, UK35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Friends
This is one of the most famous bathing gats know to Hindus and it is highly recommended that you take a dip or at least take the water from Radha Kund upon your head to give it's benefactor all auspiciousness and good fortune. Beware of the 'wallas' as they are called or the 'pandits' whom will try to rip you off with trinkets and offers to take you to other shrines and temples. Do not go with them but politely but firmly tell them no. And just enjoy the experience.
Written October 26, 2014
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