Barsana, 2019-09-08 (VT): As part of the grand 10-day Radhashthami celebrations in Barsana, Braj’s famous ‘Mayur Lila’ was enacted at ‘Mor Kuti’ in Gehvar Van yesterday. The Lilas that took place after the appearance of Shri Radharani in Dwapara Yuga are known as ‘Boodhi Lilas’. ‘Mayur Lila’ is one of them.
Legend goes that on one of the many occasions when Radha became angry with him, Krishna made all possible efforts to appease her. Realising that his tricks were not working, he took the form of a peacock and began to dance in front of her. Seeing this, Shri Radha finally relented.
According to another story, once Shri Radha came to Mor Kuti to see the dancing peacocks, but she found none. Just when she thought that she will have to return dejected, Krishna took the form of a peacock and started dancing. Pleased, Shri Radha gave the peacock a ‘laddu’ (sweetmeat), thus revealing its real identity to her ‘sakhis’. It is believed that Shri Krishna dwells in the form of a peacock in ‘Mor Kuti’ even today.
The enactment of ‘Boodhi Lilas’ was started around 500 years ago by Brajacharya Shri Narayan Bhatta Goswami along with a few cowherds of Braj. He also discovered ‘Mor Kuti’, the site on Brahmanchal Parvat where the ‘mayur Lila’ is performed. At present the tradition of ‘Boodhi Lilas’ is being kept alive in the villages of Shri Radha’s Ashtasakhis by Chiksauli’s Birjan Swamiji.
The recital used to be done in the open before King Madho Singh of Jaipur got a room constructed at Mor Kuti specifically for it. However, a grand temple where the peacock forms of Shri Radha Krishna are worshipped stands at this place today.