Sacred Places of
Krishna Balarama Mandir and ISKCON
Radha Madan Mohan Banke
Bihari Radha Vallabha
Imli Tala Radha
Damodara, Jiva and Rupa Goswami's Samadhi's and Bhajan Kutira
Radha Syamasundara Radha
Raman Radha Gokulanada
Radha Gopinatha Gopisvara
Mahadeva Vamsi Vata
Radha Govinda Nandagram
Krishna lived here from age 8
to 16. Nanda Maharaja built his house on top of the large hill here to protect
Krishna from the demons sent by King Kamsa to kill Him. It is 50km northwest of Vrindavana
town. The town surrounding the hill is called Nandagaon.
Pavana Sarovara is a lake (kunda)
located at the bottom of Nandagram Hill. Mother Yasoda used to bathe Lord
Krishna here. The bhajan Kutira of Sanatana Goswami is near the bank of the kunda.
There is also the puspa-samadhi of Srila Prabhupada’s Godbrother, Akincana
Krishnadas Babaji, who passed away in Nandagram.
Radharani would come to cook
for Krishna every morning on the bank of this kunda. There is a well here from
which Radharani would draw water for cooking.
On the top of the hill is the
Nandagram Temple. There are two black-marble Deities of Krishna and Balarama on
the altar. They are both in three-fold bending forms, holding flutes. On Their
left and right are two tall deities of Yasoda and Nanda Maharaja. Next to Yasoda
is a deity of Srimati Radharani and next to Nanda Maharaja are two of
Krishna’s friends, Sudama and Madhumangala. On the ceiling of the inner dome
are many murals depicting Krishna’s pastimes.
On the side altar is a Siva-linga
called Nandeswara, who is said to have been installed by Vajranabha. This linga
of Siva resides eternally in Nandagram performing bhajan to Sri Krishna and
protecting the dhama from disturbing elements.
At bottom of the hill is a
Narasimhadeva temple. Nanda Maharaja worshiped the Narasimha and Varaha Deities
in this temple. The temple is located on the opposite side of the Nandagram Hill
from Pavana Sarovara.