Radha Kund:- Located about 26 kilometers from Mathura, Radha Kund is a revered site within the Govardhan Parikrama, attracting devotees with its deep mythological roots and promises of divine blessings. Here are six intriguing facts about Radha Kund:
- Historical Significance: Radha Kund was once known as Aridh Van, the domain of the demon Arishtasura. Lord Krishna, while herding cows in Govardhan, vanquished Arishtasura here, liberating the locals from his tyranny.
- The Creation of Shyam Kund and Radha Kund: After slaying Arishtasura in a calf’s guise, Krishna was admonished by Radha for the act. To cleanse himself, Krishna formed Shyam Kund by playing his flute. Radha, in response, created Radha Kund using her bracelet.
- Boon of Progeny: As per the Brahma Purana and Garga Samhita, Krishna granted Radha a boon after Maharas. Couples bathing in Radha Kund on specific days are believed to be blessed with a son.
- The Maharas Ritual: Legend has it that Krishna and Radha, along with eight companions, perform the Maharas dance in Radha Kund every year during the Pushya Nakshatra in the month of Kartik.
- Ahoi Ashtami Celebrations: Thousands of couples converge on Radha Kund on Ahoi Ashtami during Kartik month, seeking blessings for a son. This event draws devotees globally.
- Rituals and Fasting: On Saptami night during Pushya Nakshatra, people bathe in Radha Kund. Married women then untie their hair, worship Radha, and pray for a son. Couples hoping for progeny observe a Nirjala fast on Kartik Ashtami.