History of Vrindavana

Introduction   The Lord Descends   Discovery of Vrindavana by Lord Chaitanya
Srila Prabhupada        The Sacred River Yamuna    Vrindavana Parikrama    
The Six Goswamis    Who is Lord Chaitanya?    Who are Radha and Krishna?

The Discovery of Vrindavana by Lord Chaitanya

Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the most munificent incarnation of God, was known as the Golden Avatar, because His bodily complexion was like molten gold. He was the direct incarnation of Lord Sri Krishna and appeared on earth at the holy place known as Navadvipa West Bengal only 500 years ago in the year 1486. The purpose of His divine appearance on earth was to reveal to the world, the yuga-dharma, or the religion for this age. He also rediscovered the most sacred places of Vrindavana which had been lost in time. The religious process that Lord Chaitanya revealed to the world is known as the sankirtana yajna or the congregational chanting of the Lord's holy names:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare.

This is the easiest and most sublime process for God realization and even a child can follow it. In this dark age of Kali-yuga, intelligent men of the world can get true knowledge about God simply by performance of this sankirtana-yajna (sacrifice). It was in the year 1515 that Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu visited Vrindavana, with purpose of locating the lost holy places associated with Lord Sri Krishna's transcendent pastimes. Lord Chaitanya wandered through the different sacred forests of Vrindavana in a spiritual trance of divine love, sometimes laughing, sometimes crying, sometimes dancing in ecstasy constantly chanting the holy names of Krishna. By His divine spiritual power, He was able locate all the important places of Lord Krishna's pastimes in and around Vrindavana. When Lord Chaitanya first arrived in Vraja, He stayed at brahmana's house in Mathura. He would walk around Vrindavana every day visiting the sacred places connected with Lord Krishna's pastimes. Later, Lord Chaitanya moved His residence to Akrura Ghata and would daily visit Imlitala, where He sat looking at the river Yamuna while chanting Hare Krishna on His japa beads constantly shedding tears in an ecstatic mood of divine love. After a few months, Lord Chaitanya left for Jagannatha Puri and directed two of His dearmost followers, Rupa and Sanatana Goswamis to proceed immediately to Vrindavana, not only to excavate the places of Lord Krishna's pastimes but also to write books on the science of bhakti yoga, in order to establish the teachings of Lord Chaitanya for the benefit of all future generations.

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