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20. KAMYAVANA (Town of Kaman)
Kama means "desires." The Adi Varaha Purana states that this is the forest where all the desires of the demigods and devotees are fulfilled. This forest has a parikrama of 22 km (14 miles). The town here is called Kaman and it is a fairly good-sized town.When the three original Deities of Vrindavana, Radha Madana-Mohana, Radha Govinda and Radha Gopinatha were taken from Vrindavana to Jaipur to avoid being destroyed by Aurangzeb, they stayed in Kamyavana for three nights. Since these Deities stayed here, three temples have been established here dedicated to Radha Govinda, Radha Madana-Mohana and Radha Gopinatha, Radha Gopinatha is worshiped in a house of a grihasta.There are 84 kundas here where Krishna would have pastimes with the cowherd boys.
How to Get Here: The town of Kaman is 55 km (35 miles) from Vrindavana. Kamyavana is on the western edge of Braja, 11 km west of Nandagram and 23 km from Dig. The town of Kaman is in Rajasthan.The best way to come here is by taxi, which takes about two hours from Vrindavana. The road is very bumpy the last 10 km before the town of Kaman. As many of the places are far apart from each other (2 to 5 km from each other), a taxi makes it possible to see the maximum amount of places.Getting Around: There are several temples in the town of Kaman. One of the most important temples is the Govindaji Temple, which has the deity of Vrinda Devi in it. To the east of town is Vimala-Kunda. About half a km north of Vimala-Kunda is Dharma-Kunda and the important Kameshwara Mahadeva Siva Temple. In the centre of town is Chaurasi Khamba. About 2 km southwest of town is Charana Pahari, where the footprints of Lord Krishna are enshrined. Northwest of the town of Kaman are Vyomasura's cave and Bhojan Sthali.
This temple is in the center of the town of Kaman. On the center altar of this temple are the Deities of Radha Govinda. On the right altar is Lord Jagannatha and on the left altar is the important deity of Vrinda Devi.Vrinda Devi is a red deity with big black eyes. This deity of Vrinda Devi has ten arms, which are always covered by her dress. The deity of Vrinda Devi was originally installed by Vajranabha 4900 years ago. This deity was rediscovered by Rupa Gosvami on the bank of Brahma-Kunda, in Vrindavana. He installed the deity in a small temple next to the Radha Govinda Temple. Later, due to fear of an attack on the temples in Vrindavana by the Muslims, the king of Jaipur decided to take Vrinda Devi, Radha Gopinatha, Radha Madana-Mohan, and Radha Govinda to Jaipur. But when they reached Kamyavana, Vrinda Devi refused to go any further.Vrinda Devi is an expansion of Srimati Radharani and her partial expansion is Tulasi Devi in Vaikuntha. Vrinda Devi is an intimate associate and girlfriend of Srimati Radharani. She arranges the meetings of Radha and Krishna. She is the queen and proprietor of Vrindavana.
How to Get Here: This temple is located in the south-central section of the village of Kaman in a residential area. From the main road that runs south of the village of Kaman there is a road that leads to the front entrance of the wall around the temple. This entrance gate has large old wooden doors about 15 feet high. There is a small road that leads to the back side of this temple which begins between the Madana Mohan Temple and the Bank of Baroda. You walk down this road until the road bears to the right. When the road bears to the right you turn left down a dirt alley there is a door after about 50 feet on your right in the wall around the temple. The entrance to the temple has well-designed white tiles around it.
Temple Timings: Darshan times are 8.00 am to 12 noon and 5 to 8 pm.
Chaurasi Khamba has eighty-four ancient beautifully carved pillars that resemble the ones at Gokula. This place is said to have been the palace of Nanda Maharaja. This is an architecturally interesting building.
How to Get Here: Chaurasi Khamba is about a ten minutes walk west of the main shopping area, in the village of Kaman. It is on a hill in the middle of Kaman town. You can drive right up next to it. The road that leads to it begins at from the main bazar.
It is said at this place Nanda Maharaja offered oblations to his forefathers. This kunda is about a half km southwest of the town of Kaman.
Setu means "bridge" and this place Krishna reenacted the pastime of Lord Rama building a bridge to Lanka. Krishna had the monkeys build a rock bridge for the gopis to go over at this place.
The story about this place is that once Krishna and the gopis were here, and the area was filled with water up to a village on , a hill , where the gopis wanted to go. Not wanting to walk , around the water, the gopis said to Krishna that you have said that you are Lord Rama. Lord Rama had the monkeys build a stone bridge across the ocean to Lanka. Here there is water, many stones and many monkeys. Show us that you are actually Rama and have the monkeys build a bridge across this water. Krishna then played His flute and the monkeys gathered around Him. Krishna then ordered the monkeys to build a bridge across the water here, so the gopis could walk across. The monkeys then quickly built a bridge across the water.At this place is the Shankar Mahadeva temple and Ashokavana which represents the Ashoka garden in Lanka, where Sita Devi was held captive.
How to Get Here: This place can be reached by taking the path that leads away from Gaya-Kunda. This path is often flooded by water and it is not always possible to get here by this path. This place can also be reached by taking the parikrama path that goes around Kamyavana.
It is said that Mother Yasoda would come here and churn butter and wash her pots. Prabhodananda Sarasvati's bhajan kutir is next to this kunda. He wrote many poems in praise of Braja and he was the spiritual master of Gopala Bhatta Gosvami. Next to his bhajan kutir is Nanda-Kunda, where Nanda Maharaja used to come and take bath.How to Get Here: This kunda is southwest of Vimala-Kunda, about half a km into the fields. It is next to the parikrama path that goes around Kamyavana. It is southeast of the village of Kaman.
Kameshvara Mahadeva Temple
The Siva-linga in this temple is one of the four Mahadevas (deities of Lord Siva) that were installed by Vajranabha. Kama means "desires" and Lord Siva is called Kameshvara, because he can fulfill all desires. It is said that with just a little worship of this linga, one gets all his devotional desires fulfilled.King Vrishabhanu came here and took bath in the kunda here. He prayed to Lord Siva in his form of Kameshvara to bless him with children. In answer to his prayers Kameshvara blessed him. Then Sridama, the older brother of Radharani was born, then Srimati Radharani appeared, and then her sister Ananga Manjari was born.
How to Get Here: This small temple is in the eastern part of the village of Kaman and everyone knows where it is located. There is a large gate, that looks like it was once used to enter the wall that used to surround the town, right next to the temple. This temple is not far from Vimala-Kunda.
Dharma-Kunda (Pancha Tirtha Kund)
At this place Yamaraja (Dharmaraja), disguised as a sage, asked King Yudhisthira four questions. Yudhisthira had gone out to find his four brothers, when they had not returned after a long time, after they had gone out to find some water. When his four brothers had reached this kunda, they had been told by Dharmaraja that they could only drink the water of this kunda, if they could answer four questions correctly. None of them were able to do it, but being extremely thirsty they had tried to drink the water anyway and had died.Dharmaraja told Yudhisthira if he answered the questions correctly that he would bring one of Yudhisthira's brothers back to life. He was able to do this and he asked that Nakula, the eldest son of Madri, Kunti's sister, he brought back to life Dharmaraja asked Yudhisthira why he had not brought Bhima or Arjuna back to life. Why Nakula? He explained that he was the eldest son of Kunti, and Bhima and Arjuna were also from her womb. While Madri, her sister, had two sons Nakula and Sahadeva. Therefore, Madri would have been extremely disappointed to have lost both her sons, so he chose to bring back to life one of her sons. Dharmaraja being extremely pleased by his explanation brought all four brothers back to life.
How to Get Here: This is a fairly small kunda about 250 m east of the village of Kaman, in some fields. This is a hard kunda to find, as it is not visible until you are right next to it. To get here it is best to first go to the Kameshvara Mahadeva Temple. After leaving the temple, you walk down the stairs to the road in front of the temple and then you make a left, going through the large gate towards the fields. You walk 40 m to the T intersection and then you make a right. You then walk about 20 m and then make a left into the fields. You then walk straight about 250 m (three minutes) and then you make a right. You then walk straight about 150 m The path bears a little to the left after 80 m and then goes straight again. This kunda will then be on you right.
Pancha Pandava Temple
The Pandavas lived in Kamyavana during their period of exile (some say childhood). Some of the pastimes that are in the Mahabharata took place here. There is a small temple near the Kameshvara Mahadeva temple (about one block away), where it is said that the Pandavas stayed.
It is said hat Krishna and the cowherd boys would play here and water their cows at this kunda. In the Adi Varaha Parana it is said that by bathing in Vimala-Kunda all sins are destroyed. It is said that Krishna had pastimes here with the daughters of Raj Vimala, the king of Sindh (which is now in Pakistan). They had their strong desire to be with Krishna fulfilled at this place and that is why this kunda is called Vimala-Kunda. This pastime is described in the Bhavisya Purana. King Vimala had 10 million beautiful daughters. At Vimala-Kunda, Durvasa Muni bathed with his 60,000 disciples.There are many temples around this kunda and many local people use it for bathing. It is said that taking bath in this kunda is equal to taking bath seven times in the sacred lake at Pushkar. There are many monkeys at this kunda. There is a festival here on the second Dvadasi day of Kartika, in which many lamps are placed around the kunda.Five thousand years ago the Pandavas were living peacefully here at Kamyavana. One day Durvasa Muni came with his 60,000 disciples. Durvasa Muni told Draupadi that he and his disciples were very hungry and that after returning from taking a bath, he expected to be fed a feast. He then went to take bath in Vimala Kunda. Draupadi had a cooking pot that could provide unlimited food for any number of people, but it could only be used one time in a day. The Pandavas had just finished a feast and Draupadi had just finished washing the pot, when Durvasa Muni arrived.
Draupadi, not knowing any other solution to the problem, immediately thought of the lotus feet of Krishna and prayed to Him for help. Immediately Krishna appeared and told her that He was very hungry and would like something to eat. Draupadi said that she had nothing. Krishna asked her to bring her cooking pot. Krishna then found one minute particle of food left in the pot. Krishna then ate this particle of food and then said I am fully satisfied.Naturally when the Supreme Lord is satisfied everyone is satisfied. So therefore, Durvasa Muni and his 60,000 disciples were totally satisfied. While taking bath Durvasa Muni suddenly felt like his stomach was totally full and that he could not eat even one bite. Krishna then told Bhima to go get Durvasa Muni and his disciples and invite them to take a feast. Durvasa Muni saw Bhima approaching carrying his club and along with his disciples immediately left, fearing that they would offend the Pandavas, because they could not eat the feast that they had prepared for them.
How to Get Here: This is a large kunda (100 m by 220 m), about half a km east of the village of Kaman. Everyone knows where this kunda is located.
Lord Krishna washed His feet in this kunda.
Places Outside the town of Kaman
There are two places to visit outside of the town of Kaman: Charana Pahari and the Vyomasura Cave area.Located in the same area as Vyomasura's cave are Pichel Pahari (Pichalini-shila), the foot and hand prints of Krishna (these three places are on the same hill), Balarama's footprints, and Bhojan Sthali. Around the area of Vyomasura's cave and Bhojan Slhali there may be young boys who will guide you to the places in the area. They want a rupee or two to bring you to each place. As these places are a bit hard to find without them, it could be a good idea to take their help.Charana Pahari is about 5 km from Vyomasura's cave. Both places are west of the town of Kaman. It takes about half a hour to drive between the two places, because the roads are bad.