MADHUVANA

Madhuvan is one of the 12 forests of the Braj Mandal. It has been described as the only forest of Braj Mandal where the Supreme Godhead performed the celebrated pastimes in all four Yugas. The same has also been mentioned in the major Hindu epics. It has the circumambulation (parikrama) of about 5 kms. Like the other forests of Braj, Madhuvan has also disappeared and is now known by name of Maholi where a small village is located. According to the famous legends:

In Satyuga god came to the forest of Madhuvan in the incarnate of Madhusudana to kill the tyrant demon Madhu, who has terrified the area around Madhuvan. Dhruva, the son of King Uttanpada with the consent of Narada Muni performed severe austerities at this place in the forest of Madhuvan on the bank of river Yamuna to achieve the kingdom greater than his great Grandfather Lord Brahma. There is a small temple located at this place dedicated to Dhruva Maharaj commemorating this incidence by the name of Dhruva Narayan temple. Inside the temple on the main altar are installed the white marble deities of Laxmi and Narayan with a small deity of Narada Muni on left hand and a deity of Dhruva Maharaj on right hand. The temple is located up the hill which is believed to be place where Dhruva Maharaj sat down to perform his penances and is known as Dhruva Tila.

In Treta Yuga, Lord Shatrughana, the youngest brothers of Shri ram came to this forest of Madhuvan. That time Madhuvan was terrorized by the demon Lavanasura the son of Madhu. He had also persecuted many saints. So terrified by him the saints came to Lord Ram crying for help. Shri Ram sent his younger brother Shatrughana for their help. Shatrughana slayed the demon Lavanasura and acquired the whole area. There is another temple commemorating this pastime related to Lord Shatrughana, enshrined with a deity of Lord Shatrughana famously known by the name of Madhuvan Bihari which is believed to have been personally given by his elder brother Shri Ram before going to Madhuvan. This old temple of Shatrughana was built in traditional Braj style and dates back to about 400 years ago.

In Dwapar Yuga, the God appeared himself as Lord Krishna and performed many transcendental pastimes in this beautiful forest of Madhuvan along with Balram and other cowherd boys. Krishna used to come to this forest of Madhuvan for grazing his cows along with other Gopas. This pastime famously known as Go-Charan-lila was an integral part of Krishna and Balaram’s daily routine works. There is a small lake by the name of Krishna Kund which is said to have been formed by Lord Krishna himself to quench the thirst of his cows. Near to this Krishna Kund there is a small shrine dedicated to Lord Balram named Dauji temple, enshrined with a very unusual deity of Lord Balram made out of Black marble, as in other temples deity of Balram is usually white in colour.

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