14 October 2006

Kartik Diary 4

Pavana Sarovar

Jay Sri Radhe!

Todays parikrama took us to Pavana Sarovar, Nandagram and Vrindakunda. I thought yesterday was the best day of our yatra but it has been surpassed by today, especially as Dhina Bandhu Prabhu narrated so many wonderful lilas that took place here.

Srimati Vrindadevi at Vrinda Kunda

One day Lala, little Krishna, asked his mother, "Maya, what is that funny prasadam that you are cooking?" Mother Yashoda explained that it is dry prasadam for Nanda Baba to take with him on pilgrimaga. Krishna wanted to know where His father was going and was told he was going to the holy tirtha of Prayag, the sangam or confluence of the three holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati.

When Nanda Baba went early next morning to Pavana Sarovar to take his bath before starting his long journey to Prayag he saw a beautiful and huge person rolling in the dust and laughing loudly. When he inquired that personality explained that he was Prayag Raja and that he came to Pavana Sarovar to take his bath there once a year. People would bathe in the sangam at Prayag throughout the year and upload all their sins. Therefore he came here to get purified.

Deena Bandhu Prabhu

Nanda Maharaja suddenly saw so many beautiful ladies entering Pavana Sarovar. On enquiring about their identity they introduced themselve As Saraswati, Kavery, Yamuna and all the other holy rivers. They came for the very same reason as Prayag Raj, namely to become purified by the dust of Vraja and the waters of Pavan Sarovar.

Hearing all this Nanda Maharaja decided not to go to Prayag to bathe in the holy waters there and become purified. After all the holy waters personified came to Vraj and Pavan Sarovar to get purified themselves. From that day on Nanda's lake, which was actually called Nanda Sarovar became Pavan Sarovar, the lake that even purifies the holy thirtas.

Jay jay Sri Sri Radheee ... Syam!

With affection and love,

Your servant in the service of Srila Prabhupada,

Gauranga Sundara Das


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