KHADIRAVANA

Khadiravana is one of the 12 sacred forests of Braj which is associated with the transcendental pastime of killing demon Bakasura by Lord Krishna. Here in the forest of Khadiravana Krishna enjoyed many transcendental pastimes with Lord Balram and his cowherd friends. Khadira means Kadamba, so the forest of Khadiravana was once full of Kadamba trees. Krishna performed his famous pastime of killing the demon Bakasura in this sacred forest. Bakasura was the tyrant demon in the form of huge crane that was sent by Kansa, conspiring to kill Krishna. One day when Krishna and Balram were grazing their cows on the banks of river Yamuna, suddenly Bakasura came searching for them. Bakasura ran towards Krishna with the intention of killing him and picked him up in his long beak trying to swallow him. Bakasura immediately swallowed Krishna. Krishna after reaching inside the throat of demon Bakasura increased his height and with his immense power he broke apart the long beak of the demon and bifurcate his mouth into two parts. A strong stream of blood spurred out of his mouth and the demon died and fell to the ground. The place commemorating this incident has been named as Bakathara. Sangam Kund also known as Madhurya Kund which is associated with the Rasalila pastime of Lord Krishna is also located in this forest of Khadiravana. Sangam actually means to meet. So, here on the banks of this Kund, in the Kadamba groves, Krishna would meet the gopis and Radharani thus enjoying their transcendental pastimes of Rasalila. Lokanath Goswami one of the associate of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu also stayed for some time at this place on the bank of Sangam Kund chanting his bhajans and names of Lord Krishna. The forest has an individual parikrama (circumambulation) of around seven kilometers.

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