The appearance of Radha Kunda (pond) has been noted as a miraculous event and a surprise for many. The phenomenon has been associated with Lord Krishna and Radha’s pure love. It is said that Lord Krishna and Radha used to spend their time at the edge of the pond, enjoying each other’s company.
Furthermore, Radha Kunda, located in Vrindavan, is a sacred pond. The appearance is proof of Lord Krishna and Radha’s pure love (pure prema). According to a legend, wherever the pure love of Lord Krishna and Radha is present, the entire place is filled with manifestations of love, and the place becomes extremely transformed.
The appearance of Radha Kunda
The appearance of Radha-Kunda is first seen in the 10th canto of Srimad Bhagavatam. There’s a story behind the appearance in the form of an anecdote. The appearance of the pond is attributed to the powers of Lord Krishna. However, the story of Radha Kunda’s appearance starts with the form of Syama Kund.
The Tenth Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam
The 10th Canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam is about the story behind the appearance of Radha Kunda. However, before the appearance of Radha Kunda, the Syama Kunda emerged and paved the way for the existence of the former.
The story begins in Vridhavan, the holiest of all places. At one point, a demonic personality called Aristasura had come to the city to harm the residents. The demon had taken the form of a bull and had tried to hurt the residents of Vrindavan. Lord Krishna killed the asura (the demon) to save the residents.
After that, the gopis (cow herding girls), who were innocent, did not want Lord Krishna to touch them. The innocent gopis told Lord Krishna that he must atone for it since he killed the bull. They said that even though the demon was wreaking havoc on Vrindavan, the demon was still a male bull. And that meant that Lord Krishna had to undergo atonement. They referenced this to the time when even Lord Vishnu had to undergo atonement after killing a demon called Vritasura.
A pilgrimage of all the holy places in three worlds was required to atone. However, Lord Krishna said that he would not go around the universe to visit the holy places. Instead, he said, he will create a place where all the holy places would be present together.
To create a place with all the holy pilgrimage sites, Lord Krishna struck his heel to the ground and called out to the river Ganga and all the other holy places to come and become one to create a divine place. Just as he finished his sentence, all the holy places appeared in front of him. Syama Kund appeared where Lord Krishna finished his atonement in the waters.
Syama Kund is also known as Prayag, where all the holy rivers, Godavari, Reva, Yamuna, and Sarasvati, converge. And this is where the story of the appearance of Radha Kunda begins.
Srimati Radharani Addressed her Gopi Friends
Right after Lord Krishna purifies himself, he asks the gopis about religious duties they had performed. When the gopis were stunned and looking for answers, Srimati Radharani appeared and asked her gopis to help her create an even more beautiful pond. She asked the gopis to help her out.
As the gopis began to help Radharani, they began to dig the earth and, in some time, created a great pond. However, the gopis did not have to dig much. Aristasura’s hooves had left the earth dug up. After some work, a divine pond appeared on its own.
The gopis wanted to create a chain from Manasi Ganga to fill the pond. The gopis thought of using buckets to fill the pond with water to do this. Lord Krishna had seen the gopis’ work and was stunned to find the holy pond by this time.
lse. Lord Krishna ordered the holy waters to enter the new pond. And just like that, the holy waters entered the pond the gopis had created, known as Syama Kund and Radha Kund.
Radha Kunda, Divine Lakes of Krsna, and Srimati Radharani
Radha Kunda and Syama Kund are two divine lakes. These lakes are great examples of how the spiritual worlds can be manifested in the material realm.
Although Radha Kunda and Syama Kund appeared a long time ago, the beauty of the divine lakes is still present in the real world. These places are still available for devotees and people to visit. The mercy and the wonderful work of the Supreme Lord are available to all of us today.