aradhyo bhagavan vrajesa-tanayas tad-dhama vrndavanam
Lord Sri Krishna, son of Maharaja Nanda, is the most worshippable Lord. So also is His holy dhama, Sri Vrindavan.
The effulgent ground of Vrindavan is fashioned with many wonderful and colourful cintamani jewels, the trees and vines are full of blissful spiritual fruits and flowers, the birds make a great tumult by reciting the hymns of the Sama Veda, and the lakes and streams are filled with transcendental nectar. It is a land of Krishna’s eternal transcendental pastimes.
In the sacred land of Vrindavan, the results of all devotional activities performed here are multiplied one thousand times. Therefore, one can make rapid advancement if one lives without committing any offences in the holy dhama. If however, one does commit offences, they are also magnified one thousand times; therefore, one is advised to carefully avoid committing any offences on Vrindavan dhama.
By engaging in parikrama or circumambulation of Vrindavan, one not only pays proper respect to the holy dhama, but one also washes away innumerable sins accumulated over many, many life times. If one circumambulates any temple of Lord Krishna or Lord Vishnu, one becomes freed from innumerable sins, but by circumambulating the whole of Vrindavan, one automatically circumambulates over 5,000 temples all at one time.
Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu also said: ramya kacid upasana vraja-vadhu-vargena va kalpita. The conception of worship practiced by the gopis of Vrindavan is the most attractive and sweetest.
A few more Quotes about Vrindavan
The Skanda Purana dates Mathura's history back to Satya Yuga, more than two million years ago, when Dhruva Maharaj performed austerities here. Srimad Bhagavatam relates that over a million years ago, during the Treta Yuga, the Mathura area was a dense forest inhabited by a giant ogre named Madhu. Being a conceited demon, Madhu named this forest after himself—Madhuban—and bequeathed it to his son, the fierce Lavana. At that time, Lord Rama was ruling the earth as King of Ayodhya. The superhuman Lavana challenged Rama to single combat, but Rama considered Lavana an unworthy opponent and sent His younger brother Satrugna to battle him. After killing Lavana, Satrugna hewed down the woods at Madhuban and founded on its site the city of Madhu Puri.
Living in the beautiful land of Vrindavan and tending cows, Krishna manifested His transcendental pastimes with His parents and friends, the gopas (cowherd boys) and gopis (milkmaids). Through the ages, these pastimes have given joy to sages, who worship them as replicas of the Lord’s eternal activities in the spiritual sky. Dancing with the gopis, herding cows and playing with the other cowherd boys, killing demons and protecting the inhabitants of Vrindavan, Lord Krishna at all times displayed His divine opulence.
Ten offences to be avoided in the holy dhama
- To have contempt or disrespect towards the guru who is the revealer of the holy dhama
- To think that the holy dhama is temporary
- To commit violence towards any of the residents of the holy dhama, or to an of the pilgrims who come there, or to think that they are ordinary mundane people
- To perform mundane activities while living in the holy dhama
- Earning money by and making a business of deity worship and chanting the holy name
- To think that the holy dhama belong to some mundane country or providence such as Bengal, or to think that the dhama of the Lord is equal to a holy place connected with some demigod, or to attempt to measure the area of the dhama
- To commit sinful acts while in the dhama
- To consider Vrindavan and Navadvipa different
- To blaspheme the sastras which glorify the holy dhama
- To be faithless and to think that the glories of the dhama are imaginary