Sacred Places of Interest

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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.

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