Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Brajbhoomi


The land where Shri Krishna was born and spent some part of his life are still alive with the Krishna legend and with the feel of the music of his flute. Mathura, a little town on the River Yamuna, after Lord Krishna was born here and Vrindavan, a village - is where he spent an youth life. There are numerous other sites in these two places that make one feel the enchanttment of Shri Krishna.


City of Mathura
In Uttar Pradesh, the nucleus of Brajbhoomi, is located at a distance of 145 km of Delhi and Covering an area of about 3,800 sq. km. Shri Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, was born in the Dwapara Yuga as the eighth son of the Yadava prince Vasudev and his wife Devaki.


City of Vrindavan
Vrindavan, just 15 km from Mathura, is another major place of pilgrimage. It is noted for its numerous temples - both old and modern. The name Vrindavan evokes the playfulness and lovable characteristics of Shri Krishna. This is the place where he frolicked with the gopis and tenderly wooed Radha.

Mathura City is the transcendental abode of Lord Krishna. It is not an ordinary city, for it is eternally connected with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Shri Krishna. Mathura and Vrindavan are intimately connected with Krishna eternally, it is said that Lord Krishna never leaves Vrindavan (vrindavanam parityajya padam ekam na gacchati). Vrindavana and Mathura, continues its position as transcendental places and certainly anyone who goes there becomes transcendentally purified.


"Whenever the Supreme Personality appears, He appears in Mathura because of His intimate connection with this place. Therefore, although Mathura and Vrindavana are situated on this planet earth, they are transcendental abodes of the Lord." (Srimad Bhagavatam 10.1.28 Purport).

"Lord Krishna engages in pastimes there eternally. For this reason Vrindavana is better than all other holy places. Sixty billion sacred places reside in Mathura and Vrindavana.