There are at least two places in Braj dedicated to Shri Krishna’s dear friend Uddhava – Uddhava Kund (also known as Uddhava Baithak) in Govardhan and Uddhava Kyari in Nandagaon. Uddhava Kund is situated west of Kusum-sarovara, on the right side of the Govardhan Parikrama path. Uddhava Kyari is situated near Lalita Kund in Nandagaon.
After Uddhava tried to console the Gopis at Uddhava Kyari, he took the form of the grass and bushes in order to get the dust of their lotus feet. Later, when the queens of Dwarka came to Braj after feeling intense separation from their Lord, Uddhava emerged from the shrubs at Uddhava Kund and, in his wake came Shri Krishna.
Shri Krishna sent Uddhava to Braj to console the gopis and tell them about connecting with the Supreme through yoga and Vedic rituals, about which he was supremely knowledgeable, however, Uddhava’s knowledge was no match for the gopi’s loving devotion. At Uddhava Kyari , Uddhava tried to console the gopis after Shri Krishna’s leaving-Braj lila, but, Uddhava ended up accepting the Braj gopis as his gurus.
Uddhava could not console the gopis, but, when the Dwarka queens were feeling separation, Uddhava appeared to help console them. The Dwarka queens came to Braj with Vajranabh Maharaj, Shri Krishna’s grandson who became the King of Mathura. According to local legend, the Queens of Dwarka held a kirtan at Uddhava Kund in Govardhan. Uddhava appeared at the Kirtan, and then, Shri Krishna appeared.
The conversation that Uddhava had with the gopis at Uddhava Kyari is recorded in the Srimad Bhagavatam as the Bhramargeet, which was rendered into musical form by Surdas, the famous blind poet of Braj. The song begins with the gopis telling Uddhava:
Udho man na bhaye das bis / ek huto so gayo syama sang, kau aaradhe is?
O Uddhava, we don’t have ten or twenty hearts. We have just one heart which also has gone along with Lord Krishna, so, how can we worship [your Supreme Lord] now?
The gopis asked Uddhava about Krishna’s activities and were were most concerned when they heard that outside of Braj, Krishna doesn’t play his flute.
According to Bhagavat speaker, Braj Bhushan Tiwari, Uddhava spoke with the Gopis in the spring season, then for four months that summer, he traveled to many places in Braj, relishing the sweetness of Shri Krishna’s pastimes.