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Introduction

The title of this nectar-guidebook to Radha-kunda is based on this wonderful sloka from Sri Krsna Dasa Kaviraja Gosvami, The name, form, qualities, pastimes, friends, and home of Srimati Radhika are full of unlimited glories and sweetness. As everything connected with Sri Radha is full of the sweetest mellows, similarly, Her divine lake, Sri Radha-kunda is overflowing with the sweetest transcendental glories.

Although this topmost place of Radha-Madhava's intimate pastimes almost disappeared from the world, by the mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Radha- kunda reappeared to bless the most fallen with the rarest gift of Krsna prema. For the last five-hundred years, this secret storehouse of mercy remained hidden within the sacred writings of the Six Gosvamis. Other than a handful of Gaudiya Vaisnavas in India, no one had any knowledge or appreciation of the glories of Sri Radha-kunda.

Lord Caitanya, who came to Vrndavana and personally revealed the location of Radha-kunda, wanted people in every town and village to sing the glories of Radha and Krsna. By offenselessly chanting the Lord's glories one may have a chance to fulfil Lord Caitanya's inner desire. As Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu wanted everyone to chant the holy names, He also wanted everyone to bathe in Sri Radha-kunda.

Bathing in Radha-kunda means to live eternally in Vraja-dhama blissfully serving the lotus feet of Radha-Madhava in the loving mood of the gopis. Although one rarely attains this spiritual perfection, Lord Caitanya and His sincere followers are broadcasting this sublime message throughout the world.

Srila Prabhupada was an intimate and empowered associate of Lord Caitanya. Therefore, to fulfil the Lord's inner desire. Srila Prabhunada translated Sri Rupa Gosvami's Sanskrit classic Sri Upadesamrta into English, calling it the Nectar oj Instruction. Nectar is a tonic that stimulates, energises, and extends one's life. This book is a nectar-tonic that stimulates prema to flow within the heart.

The Nectar of Instruction leads one out of the body, and into the nectar of bathing in Srimati Radhika's eternal service in a divine body surcharged with spiritual ecstasy. Thinking that the nectar was only for a select audience, disciples became confused when Srila Prabhupada once ordered the BBT to print 100,000 copies of Sri Upadesamrta.

One disciple said, "Srila Prabhupada, this book is not for the masses of people.

Besides, since we only have about 10,000 devotees in our movement, it seems 10,000 copies would be sufficient."

Srila Prabhupada replied, "You don't understand. This book is not just for our devotees. The Nectar of Instruction is for everyone! You should distribute it widely."

Since Srila Prabhupada's first English edition, Sri Upadesamrta has been translated into all the major languages. Millions of copies have been distributed around the world. Srila Prabhupada is fulfilling Lord Caitanya's desire to spread the glories of Radha-kunda to every town and village.

Every year thousands of fortunate devotees visit Vrndavana, We thought a nectar-guidebook to Radha-kunda would help these devotees derive the greatest benefit from their pilgrimage. Besides describing all the holy places, Radha Kunda Mahima Madhuri is full of sastric quotations about the sweet glories of Radha- kunda. In one sense, the book is a golden treasure box full of precious gems and jewel-like slokas, shining with the beauty and sweetness of Srimati Radhika.

Anywhere in the world, one can open this treasure box and swim in the nectar of remembering Radha-kunda. A fortunate soul can bring this treasure box to Vrndavana, open to the parikrama guide chapter, and wander through the nectar- filled groves of Radha-kunda.

Then with a mind purified by the dust of parikrama, and a heart humbled by submissive prayers to the acaryas, one can bathe in the immortal nectar of Radha- kunda's prema-filled waters.

We hope this book will serve the devotees as both a shower of nectar, and as a practical guidebook for visiting Sri Radha-kunda, the most sublime abode of Radha-Syamasundara. As Srila Prabhupada once said, "Radha-kunda is for relishing," similarly, we hope the devotees will also relish Radha Kunda Mahima Madhuri, the sweet glories of Radha-kunda.

 

Contents

 

Chapter 1 The Name of Radha-kunda 1
Chapter 2 The Identity of Radha-kunda 5
  Why is Radha-kunda so special? 6
Chapter 3 The Appearance of Radha-kunda 9
  Appearance of Radha-kunda in Goloka 10
  Creation of Radha-kunda In This World 11
  Sri Jiva Gosvaml's Description 14
  King Vajranabha Restores Radha-kunda 17
  1514 A.D. Lord Caitanya Reveals Radha-kunda 18
  Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami Expands the Mercy 19
  Maha-rnantra and the Appearance of Radha-kunda 20
  Radhastami and the Appearance of Radha-kunda 21
  Appearance of the Milk Ocean at Radha-kunda 22
Chapter 4 Description of Radha-kunda 25
  The Banks of Radha-kunda 27
  The Kunjas of the Asta Sakhis 30
Chapter 5 Pastimes at Radha-kunda 37
  Radha-kunda Lila --- Two Krsna's in the Kunja 39
  Holi Lila [festival of throwing colors] 40
  Jala-keli [water pastimes in Radha-kunda] 42
Chapter 6 Serving and Worshiping Radha-kunda 45
  The Dandavat Parikrama of Radha-kunda 47
  Worship During Kartika Month 50
  Bahulastami Bathing 52
Chapter 7 Bathing and Living at Radha-kunda 55
  The Glories of Bathing 55
  The Rarity of Taking Bath 57
  To Bathe or Not to Bathe 58
  Mood and Method of Bathing 61
  Living at Radha-kunda 64
Chapter 8 Parikrama Guide to Radha-kunda 67
1 Thakura Radha Gokulananda Temple 67
  We're Asking Everyone To Give a Donation 68
2 Sri Kundesvara Mahadeva Temple 70
3 Radha-Krsna Purana Mandira 72
4 Sri Gopala Manipur Mandira 73
5 Sri Radha-Kanta Mandira 74
6 Radha Kufija Bihari Mandira 75
7 Malyahari Kunda 76
8 Siva Khari 79
9 Radha Syamasundara Mandira 80
10 Radha Darnodara Mandira 81
11 Radha Gopinatha Mandira 82
12 Ma Jahnava Baithaka [sitting place of Ma Jahnava] 83
13 Samadhi of Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami 86
14 Siva Mandira 88
15 Radharamana Mandira 89
16 Rasa Mandala Platform 89
17 Radha Govinda Mandira 90
18 Jibya Mandira [the tongue of Giriraja] 91
19 Teen Gosvami Samadhi 92
20 Bhajana Kutira of Gopala Bhatta Gosvami 93
21 Bhajana Kutira of Krsna Dasa Kaviraja 95
22 Bhajana Kutira of Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami 96
23 Bhajana Kutira of Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura 99
24 Manasa-pavana-ghata 102
25 Panca Pandavas 102
  Sri Krsna Kundastaka 103
26 Caitanya Gadadhara Mandira 105
27 Bhajana Kutira of Thakura Bhaktivinoda 106
28 Sri Jagannatha Mandira 108
29 Lalita Kunda 111
  Sri Lalitastakam 112
30 Bhajana Kutira of Sri Jiva Gosvami 113
31 Lalita Bihari Mandira 114
32 Radha Vinoda Bihari Mandira 114
33 Gopi-kuwa [Giriraja jihva prakata sthali] 116
34 Srila Madnavendra Purl's Baithaka [sitting place] 116
  Madhavendra Puri Meets Sri Nityananda Prabhu 117
35 Asta Sakhi Mandira 117
36 Sri-Sri Nitai-Gaura Sitanatha Mandira 118
37 Radha Madhava Mandira 118
38 Tamala Tala Ghera 118
39 Bankhandi Mahadeva [Lord Siva Mandira] 119
40 Mahaprabhu's Baithaka [Tamala Tala] 119
  Sri Radhika-Astottara-Sata-Nama-Stotram 120
41 Pasa Ghata [and Vallabhacarya's Baithaka] 124
42 Sri-Sri Laksmi-Narayana Mandira 126
43 Sri-Sri Radha-Madana Mohana Mandira 126
44 Sriman Mahaprabhu Temple [ Gaura-Nitar] 126
45 The Sangam [meeting place of the kundas] 127
46 Sri-Sri Radha-Gopinatha Mandira 129
47 Sri Hanuman Mandira 131
  Two Extra Parikramas 132
Chapter 9 Prayers 141
  Radharani Ki Jai! Maharani Ki Jai! 141
  Radha Krpa Kataksa (by Lord Siva) 141
  Radha-kundastakam Raghunatha Dasa Gosvarni 147
  Sakhi-vrnde Vijnaptih Narottama Dasa 149
  Sri Vraja-dhama-mahimamrta Krsna Dasa 150
  Sri Rupa Manjari Pada Narottama Dasa 152
  Saparsada-bhagavad-viraha-jan' -vilapa Narottama Dasa 153
  Vaisnave Vijnaptih Narottama Dasa Thakura 154
  Sri-Sri Sad-gosvamy-astaka Srinivasa Acarya 155
Chapter 10 Dates and Devotees 159
  References  

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Introduction

The title of this nectar-guidebook to Radha-kunda is based on this wonderful sloka from Sri Krsna Dasa Kaviraja Gosvami, The name, form, qualities, pastimes, friends, and home of Srimati Radhika are full of unlimited glories and sweetness. As everything connected with Sri Radha is full of the sweetest mellows, similarly, Her divine lake, Sri Radha-kunda is overflowing with the sweetest transcendental glories.

Although this topmost place of Radha-Madhava's intimate pastimes almost disappeared from the world, by the mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Radha- kunda reappeared to bless the most fallen with the rarest gift of Krsna prema. For the last five-hundred years, this secret storehouse of mercy remained hidden within the sacred writings of the Six Gosvamis. Other than a handful of Gaudiya Vaisnavas in India, no one had any knowledge or appreciation of the glories of Sri Radha-kunda.

Lord Caitanya, who came to Vrndavana and personally revealed the location of Radha-kunda, wanted people in every town and village to sing the glories of Radha and Krsna. By offenselessly chanting the Lord's glories one may have a chance to fulfil Lord Caitanya's inner desire. As Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu wanted everyone to chant the holy names, He also wanted everyone to bathe in Sri Radha-kunda.

Bathing in Radha-kunda means to live eternally in Vraja-dhama blissfully serving the lotus feet of Radha-Madhava in the loving mood of the gopis. Although one rarely attains this spiritual perfection, Lord Caitanya and His sincere followers are broadcasting this sublime message throughout the world.

Srila Prabhupada was an intimate and empowered associate of Lord Caitanya. Therefore, to fulfil the Lord's inner desire. Srila Prabhunada translated Sri Rupa Gosvami's Sanskrit classic Sri Upadesamrta into English, calling it the Nectar oj Instruction. Nectar is a tonic that stimulates, energises, and extends one's life. This book is a nectar-tonic that stimulates prema to flow within the heart.

The Nectar of Instruction leads one out of the body, and into the nectar of bathing in Srimati Radhika's eternal service in a divine body surcharged with spiritual ecstasy. Thinking that the nectar was only for a select audience, disciples became confused when Srila Prabhupada once ordered the BBT to print 100,000 copies of Sri Upadesamrta.

One disciple said, "Srila Prabhupada, this book is not for the masses of people.

Besides, since we only have about 10,000 devotees in our movement, it seems 10,000 copies would be sufficient."

Srila Prabhupada replied, "You don't understand. This book is not just for our devotees. The Nectar of Instruction is for everyone! You should distribute it widely."

Since Srila Prabhupada's first English edition, Sri Upadesamrta has been translated into all the major languages. Millions of copies have been distributed around the world. Srila Prabhupada is fulfilling Lord Caitanya's desire to spread the glories of Radha-kunda to every town and village.

Every year thousands of fortunate devotees visit Vrndavana, We thought a nectar-guidebook to Radha-kunda would help these devotees derive the greatest benefit from their pilgrimage. Besides describing all the holy places, Radha Kunda Mahima Madhuri is full of sastric quotations about the sweet glories of Radha- kunda. In one sense, the book is a golden treasure box full of precious gems and jewel-like slokas, shining with the beauty and sweetness of Srimati Radhika.

Anywhere in the world, one can open this treasure box and swim in the nectar of remembering Radha-kunda. A fortunate soul can bring this treasure box to Vrndavana, open to the parikrama guide chapter, and wander through the nectar- filled groves of Radha-kunda.

Then with a mind purified by the dust of parikrama, and a heart humbled by submissive prayers to the acaryas, one can bathe in the immortal nectar of Radha- kunda's prema-filled waters.

We hope this book will serve the devotees as both a shower of nectar, and as a practical guidebook for visiting Sri Radha-kunda, the most sublime abode of Radha-Syamasundara. As Srila Prabhupada once said, "Radha-kunda is for relishing," similarly, we hope the devotees will also relish Radha Kunda Mahima Madhuri, the sweet glories of Radha-kunda.

 

Contents

 

Chapter 1 The Name of Radha-kunda 1
Chapter 2 The Identity of Radha-kunda 5
  Why is Radha-kunda so special? 6
Chapter 3 The Appearance of Radha-kunda 9
  Appearance of Radha-kunda in Goloka 10
  Creation of Radha-kunda In This World 11
  Sri Jiva Gosvaml's Description 14
  King Vajranabha Restores Radha-kunda 17
  1514 A.D. Lord Caitanya Reveals Radha-kunda 18
  Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami Expands the Mercy 19
  Maha-rnantra and the Appearance of Radha-kunda 20
  Radhastami and the Appearance of Radha-kunda 21
  Appearance of the Milk Ocean at Radha-kunda 22
Chapter 4 Description of Radha-kunda 25
  The Banks of Radha-kunda 27
  The Kunjas of the Asta Sakhis 30
Chapter 5 Pastimes at Radha-kunda 37
  Radha-kunda Lila --- Two Krsna's in the Kunja 39
  Holi Lila [festival of throwing colors] 40
  Jala-keli [water pastimes in Radha-kunda] 42
Chapter 6 Serving and Worshiping Radha-kunda 45
  The Dandavat Parikrama of Radha-kunda 47
  Worship During Kartika Month 50
  Bahulastami Bathing 52
Chapter 7 Bathing and Living at Radha-kunda 55
  The Glories of Bathing 55
  The Rarity of Taking Bath 57
  To Bathe or Not to Bathe 58
  Mood and Method of Bathing 61
  Living at Radha-kunda 64
Chapter 8 Parikrama Guide to Radha-kunda 67
1 Thakura Radha Gokulananda Temple 67
  We're Asking Everyone To Give a Donation 68
2 Sri Kundesvara Mahadeva Temple 70
3 Radha-Krsna Purana Mandira 72
4 Sri Gopala Manipur Mandira 73
5 Sri Radha-Kanta Mandira 74
6 Radha Kufija Bihari Mandira 75
7 Malyahari Kunda 76
8 Siva Khari 79
9 Radha Syamasundara Mandira 80
10 Radha Darnodara Mandira 81
11 Radha Gopinatha Mandira 82
12 Ma Jahnava Baithaka [sitting place of Ma Jahnava] 83
13 Samadhi of Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami 86
14 Siva Mandira 88
15 Radharamana Mandira 89
16 Rasa Mandala Platform 89
17 Radha Govinda Mandira 90
18 Jibya Mandira [the tongue of Giriraja] 91
19 Teen Gosvami Samadhi 92
20 Bhajana Kutira of Gopala Bhatta Gosvami 93
21 Bhajana Kutira of Krsna Dasa Kaviraja 95
22 Bhajana Kutira of Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami 96
23 Bhajana Kutira of Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura 99
24 Manasa-pavana-ghata 102
25 Panca Pandavas 102
  Sri Krsna Kundastaka 103
26 Caitanya Gadadhara Mandira 105
27 Bhajana Kutira of Thakura Bhaktivinoda 106
28 Sri Jagannatha Mandira 108
29 Lalita Kunda 111
  Sri Lalitastakam 112
30 Bhajana Kutira of Sri Jiva Gosvami 113
31 Lalita Bihari Mandira 114
32 Radha Vinoda Bihari Mandira 114
33 Gopi-kuwa [Giriraja jihva prakata sthali] 116
34 Srila Madnavendra Purl's Baithaka [sitting place] 116
  Madhavendra Puri Meets Sri Nityananda Prabhu 117
35 Asta Sakhi Mandira 117
36 Sri-Sri Nitai-Gaura Sitanatha Mandira 118
37 Radha Madhava Mandira 118
38 Tamala Tala Ghera 118
39 Bankhandi Mahadeva [Lord Siva Mandira] 119
40 Mahaprabhu's Baithaka [Tamala Tala] 119
  Sri Radhika-Astottara-Sata-Nama-Stotram 120
41 Pasa Ghata [and Vallabhacarya's Baithaka] 124
42 Sri-Sri Laksmi-Narayana Mandira 126
43 Sri-Sri Radha-Madana Mohana Mandira 126
44 Sriman Mahaprabhu Temple [ Gaura-Nitar] 126
45 The Sangam [meeting place of the kundas] 127
46 Sri-Sri Radha-Gopinatha Mandira 129
47 Sri Hanuman Mandira 131
  Two Extra Parikramas 132
Chapter 9 Prayers 141
  Radharani Ki Jai! Maharani Ki Jai! 141
  Radha Krpa Kataksa (by Lord Siva) 141
  Radha-kundastakam Raghunatha Dasa Gosvarni 147
  Sakhi-vrnde Vijnaptih Narottama Dasa 149
  Sri Vraja-dhama-mahimamrta Krsna Dasa 150
  Sri Rupa Manjari Pada Narottama Dasa 152
  Saparsada-bhagavad-viraha-jan' -vilapa Narottama Dasa 153
  Vaisnave Vijnaptih Narottama Dasa Thakura 154
  Sri-Sri Sad-gosvamy-astaka Srinivasa Acarya 155
Chapter 10 Dates and Devotees 159
  References  

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