Bhadravana is located about 18 kilometers to the north of the Mathura and 7 kilometers from Vrindavan. It is one of the 12 sacred Braj Mandal forests where Lord Krishna and Balram used to herd their cows. Bhadra means very attractive, so the beautiful forest of Bhadravan is believed to have been the playground of Krishna and Balram. According to one of the Hindu epic; one who visits this sacred forest of Bhadravan becomes the eternal and single minded devotee of Lord Krishna. In this forest there is a very old Shiva-linga and it is believed to have been established by king Vajranabh. It is known as Bhadrishwara Mahadev. This forest is actually believed to be the playground of Lord Balram as suggested by the word Bhadra in its name which means Balbhadra. The forest has the parikrama (circumambulation) of about five kilometers.