(Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das Maharaj)
Barsana area Lila villages
My most wise teacher once said, “Prema is available everywhere in Braj Mandala, but especially in Barsana!”
I replied, “Really, but what about Radha Kunda?”
Teacher: “Yes, of course there, BUT in Barsana—PREMA IS RAINING FROM THE SKY (Prema-varsha)!!!”
Come! Let’s go to Barsana, and get drenched and completely soaked in Radha’s rain shower of mercy, compassion and love. O, What an amazing sacred place? Ahh, My Braj Dham!
Please, O Radhika! I beg you with tears in my eyes, “May I live here eternally in the cooling shade of the seva of Your sweetest lotus feet.”
In every square mile of Braj Mandal, one can see, feel and touch two transcendental villages named after a divine Lila that Shri Krishna enacted there 5,000 years ago! Here in Braj, every step is a celebration of love leading us from village to village, Lila to Lila, and on into Krishna’s heart. Braj Bhumi ki jai!
After Krishna bewildered Brahmaji (Brahma Vimohana Lila), the cowherd boys came here and exclaimed, “Today (aja) Nandulala killed the monster snake Agha!”
In this village, Krishna is remembered for killing Aghasura. At that time, the devatas cheered happily, “All victory to Bhagavan Shri Krishna, all victory to Him!” The gopas also chimed in to saturate the sky with a tumultuous sound of “All victory (jaya, jainta), all victory!”
Sihona (now Seyano)
Upon hearing of Agha’s demise, the elderly Brajwasis repeatedly glorified Yashodanandana saying, “Krishna is so clever, very very clever (seyano) and strong!” (Krishna seyano hoya gayo hai).
When coming from Gokula and Chhatikara en route to his ancestral home in Nandagrama, Shri Nanda Baba and his clan camped (dera dala) here overnight.
This amazing lila village is significant for two pastimes, and the phenomenal disappearance of Siddha Krishna Dasa Babaji around 1865 a.d.
Within the sacred transcendental kunjas of this place, Bhagavan Shri Krishna and Mahabhavati Shrimati Radharani often enjoyed playful games and love battles (rana).
Also at this lila sthali, Krishna and His comrades once met Kishori and Her band of heavily armed sakhis. They all fought a terrible yet hilarious battle of colors; each gleefully drenching and powdering the other in a barrage of rainbow colours. “Ho Ho Holi hai!!!” Jai Jai Shri Radhe!
Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das Maharaj (DOB 6 Feb. 1951) is a Gaudiya Vaisnava Babaji (sannyasi), and a teacher of Gaudiya spiritual truths, practices and perfection (siddhanta, sadhana, sadhya) . He has authored 25 English & 11 Hindi spiritual books about Shri Guru, Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Radha-Krishna, and the Gaudiya holy places.