Rawal Gaon in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh – birthplace of Sri Radha was our next stop during ‘Braj Chaurasi Kos Yatra’ which is about 20 approx. km from Vrindavan. We all sat down in-front of temple deity. Pandit Lalit Mohan narrated Katha (story in-general):
The one you are watching behind the main deity is Garbhgriha i.e., Janamsthan – The location where Radha appeared. During those years Jamuna river used to flow at this location and on the banks of Jamuna Vrishbhan had a palace. Vrishbhan (with 11 lacs cows ) was the biggest King of Braj. There was no girl child of Kirti ji ( wife ). Kirti ji used to bath within Yamuna river and on daily basis she pray to river Yamuna to offer her a girl child. One day during early morning hours when it was still dark she saw a lotus flower appeared and started flowing within water towards Kirti ji. The moment lotus appeared bright light appeared all around. She was scared by the new change of environment. As the flower came near morning Sun appeared and flower bloom. Kirti saw a girl child with closed eyes within the flower and thus Radha was born. It is said Radha eyes weren’t open till the age of 11 months 15 days. After 11 months 15 days Lord krishna was born. Vasudev took him to Gokul at Nand Baba place due to Kans fear as it is known Kans killed child born by Devki. Nand Baba invited everybody to celebrate Krishna birth. Vrishbhan, Kirti were also invited. Lord Krishna was within palna (bassinet). At that moment Radha saw Krishna and she opened her eyes.
Kans entered Gokul by sending demoness Putna. She ordered Putna to kill all new born child. Putna created havoc within Gokul. People were frightened. Nand Baba invited kings including Gop Grant, Op Grant, Vrishbhan ji and many others and had an meeting about what to do as Kans is creating havoc within the area. Finally it was decided to leave. Nand baba left Gokul and stayed within a mountain which was named as Nand Gaon. Vrishbhan said to Kirti dearest friend Nand left Gokul so what I will do without a friend he too left for a mountain along with Kirti and Radha and the mountain was named as Barsana. Within Braj all these three mountains – Nand Gaon, Govardhan, Barsana are almost God. These mountains had blessings from Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh that no evil or demon will be able to reach. If tried evil or demon will turn into stone.
Within Rawal Radha is called as Shri Ladli. Within Barsana Radha is called as Shri Kishori ji.
There is a Karil tree within the temple area ( near Garbhgriha ) where deity of Radha ji was found by the forefathers ( Parmanand Vyas came from Jodhpur, Rajasthan ) of the current priest. The best is the current Karil tree is not having any roots and is still green. Raskaan after doing yatra of Braj visited Rawal and had darshan of Radha.
( Nand baba was having 9 lacs cows. People having maximum number of cows were called the richest person during those times )
Very useful information by Pandit ji. We sat and sing bhajan for few minutes.
Prayers and we proceed towards another destination.
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