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Appearance of Radha Kunda - Bahulastami

Appearance of Radha Kunda, Snana Dana

Sri Radha-Kundastakam 
by Srimad Raghunatha dasa Gosvami
"After the killig of Aristasura, Srimati Radhika and Her sakhis exchanged 
many joking words with Sri Krsna concerning the necessary atonement for 
one who has committed the offence of killing a bull. As a result, the 
Queen of Vrndavana, Srimati Radhika, and Her sakhis joyfully excavated and 
filled Sri Radha-kunda with their own hands. May that immensely fragrant 
Radha-kunda be my shelter.

"In the land of the hearts of those who bathe in Radha-kunda, a desire 
tree of the superlative prema, which is not attainable even for Krsna's 
principal queens in Dvaraka, will arise. May that supremely charming Radha-
kunda be my shelter.

"For the pleasure of Srimati Radhika, even Sri Krsna Himself, yearning to 
attain Her merciful sidelong glance, regularly bathes in Radha-kunda, 
carefully observing all the appropriate rituals. May that supremely 
enchanting Radha-kunda be my shelter.

"May that supremely enchanting Radha-kunda, which the moon of Vraja, Sri 
Krsna, loves as much as He loves the crown-jewel amongst the sweet girls 
of Vraja, Srimati Radhika, and which He has made known by the name of 
Radhika Herself, be my shelter.

"The mercy obtained by serving Radha-kunda makes the desire-creeper of 
prema for the prince of Vraja sprout and is celebrated for bearing the 
flower of service to my svamini Srimati Radhika. May that supremely 
charming Radha-kunda be my shelter.

"Gloriously manifest on the banks of Radha-kunda are eight kunjas named 
after Radhika's principal sakhis. Acting as stimuli for the amorous 
pastimes of the Divine Couple, these kunjas are filled with the sweet 
humming of bumblebees and are desired by everyone. May that supremely 
enchanting Radha-kunda be the shelter of my life.

"Situated on an exquisite dais on the bank of Radha-kunda and accompanied 
by Her beloved sakhis, our svamini Srimati Radhika charmingly engages in 
sweet, joking words with Sri Krsna, the moon of Vraja. These playful 
verbal exchanges are enhanced by the suggestion of so many innuendoes. May 
that Radha-kunda be the shelter of my life.

"May that very charming and especially fragrant Radha-kunda, where 
intoxicated with love the Divine Couple and the sakhis daily sport with 
great joy in the water so fragrant with exquisite lotus flowers, be the 
sole shelter of my life.

"To that devotee who, in a resolute mood of aspiring to serve Srimati 
Radhika, reads this charming prayer describing Sri Radha-kunda, even in 
their present body Sri Krsna will quickly grant them darsana of not only 
His beloved Radhika, but also of Their many variegated amorous pastimes. 
Witnessing these pastimes and envisioning himself serving Yugala-kisora in 
various ways, such a devotee will feel immense jubilation. This astaka is 
recited in the poetic meter known as 'Malini'." 


On the eighth day of the waning phase of the damodara month the appearance 
day of Radha Kunda is celebrated by the residents. Bathing in Radha Kunda 
is especially benefical on this day. By this one gains the favor of Radha, 
by which one gains the favor of Krsna. Radha Kunda appeared at midnight. 
People go to Radha Kunda and offer prasadam, garlands and pumkins (gords) 
into the water, then at midnight take bath in Radha Kunda and then bathe 
in Syama Kunda. Many people like to bathe at a ghat where Lord 
Nityananda's sakti, Jahnava Mata used to bathe. But wherever you go you 
better get there early as thousands of people/devotees will be there. And 
bring some warm clothing for afterwards, as it is sooooo "cooling".

The holy place known as Mathura is spiritually superior to Vaikuntha, the 
transcendental world, because the Lord appeared there. Superior to Mathura 
puri is the transcendental forest of Vrndavana because of Krsna's rasalila 
pastimes. And superior to the forest of Vrndavana is Goverdhana Hill, for 
it was raised by the divine hand of Sri Krsna and was the site of his 
various loving pastimes. And, above all, the superexcellent Sri Radha 
Kunda stands supreme, for it is overflooded with the ambrosial nectarean 
prema of the Lord of gokula, Sri Krsna. Where, then, is that intelligent 
person who is unwilling to serve this divine Radha Kunda, which is 
situated at the foot of Goverdhana Hill?

Srila Rupa Goswami's Nectar of Instruction (Upadeshamritam)

The Origin of Radha-kund

After killing a bull-demon named Aristasura, Krishna approached Radharani 
to engage in loving affairs. However, She rebuked Him, stating He was 
impure because of committing the sin of killing a bull, the symbol of 
religion. She suggested that to counteract this sin He should bathe in all 
the sacred rivers.

Krishna, being eager to engage in loving affairs with Srimati Radharani, 
immediately shoved His lotus foot into the ground, making a large hole, 
and called all the sacred rivers to enter into it. They appeared before 
Him and formed Syama-kunda (the bathing place of Syama--one who is the 
color of a dark rain cloud).

After bathing, Krishna stated that He had become pure by bathing in Syama-
kunda, but that the gopis had become impure, having sided with a demon, 
even though he appeared in the form of a bull. Radharani, along with some 
of Her gopi friends, broke their bangles and dug a hole with the broken 
pieces. But there was no water - so Krishna laughed. The gopis then formed 
a line to the Manasi Ganga and started to fill the hole with water that 
was passed from one gopi to another. At that time, all the sacred rivers 
again arrived in person and requested permission to enter into Radharani's 
kunda, which they did after receiving Radharani's blessing.

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