Lohvana

It is one of the 12 major forests of Braj region with an individual parikrama (circumambulation) of about four kilometers. It is believed that this forest was once under the control of the demon Lauhajangasura or Lohasura (one with iron strong thighs) from whom it derived its name as Lohvana. It’s also believed that here at this forest site of Lohvana, king Jarasandha and his army was eighteen times defeated by Lord Krishna. Krishna and Balram used to come for grazing their cows here in this forest of Lohvana. They used to enjoy the water sports here with their other friends at Krishna Kund. During his various pastimes at Lohvana, Krishna slayed the demon Lauhajangasura and liberated the forest of his fear.

Also, Krishna is believed to have performed the transcendental pastime of boating in this forest of Lohvana. One day gopis and Radharani were going to market to sell their milk products. On their way to market they came across Yamuna, but they could not find any boat to cross it except the one old boat that was owned by Krishna. Gopis asked him to take them to the other side of the river. When Krishna was rowing them across Yamuna, suddenly a hole occurred in the boat and water came inside the boat and it starts losing balance. Gopis got terrified with the fear of drowning in Yamuna. They requested Krishna to save them. Krishna advised them to overthrow their milk pots and jewellery into the river to lessen the burden on boat. Gopis obeyed Krishna’s orders and throw all their ornaments and milk products in Yamuna. Krishna was actually enjoying the boating with Gopis. Radharani told Krishna that they are feeling terrified and he is getting happy to see their fearful faces. She said that if she would be able to save herself, she would never ride his boat again. With the efforts of Krishna, soon the boat managed to reach the shore on other side and the Gopis were feeling happy to have been saved.

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