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Prithu Kunda (or Ballal Dighi)


On the eastern side of Ganga Nagara are the remains of what used to be an extremely big and beautiful pond called Prithu Kunda. People now call it Ballal Dighi.Four million years ago in Satya yuga reigned a great and powerful king named Prithu. He was a saktyavesa avatar of the Supreme Lord Krishna endowed with the potency of preserving the earth. At that time the earth was extremely hilly and mountainous. King Prithu leveled the hills and mountains and filled the valleys to help the Earth utilize the rainwater she received for agriculture. When Prithu arrived in Navadwip, he saw effulgent light emanating from this place. Desir­ing to understand the mysterious effulgence, he sat down and meditated. He realized in meditation that Navadwip is non-different from Vrindavan. He further saw that Krishna, who would appear in Dvapara yuga, would also appear in Kali-yuga in a concealed golden form as Shachinandana to understand and experience the exalted, inter­nal feelings of Shrimati Radharani. He also saw that the Lord would perform an extraordinary, unprecedented pastimes of distributing Krishna prem all over the world. At this time He received darshan of Mahaprabhu who informed him to keep the glories of Navadwip Dham a secret. Mahaprabhu also instructed Maharaj Prithu to excavate, at this location, a beautiful kunda. Following the order of Mahaprabhu, King Prithu then built a pond which became famous as Prithu Kunda. The water of this kunda were previously clean and sweet.


Later on in Kali-yuga, King Laksman Sen had Prithu Kunda deepened and enlarged to almost a mile in length. He renamed the kunda after his father, King Ballal Sen. Thus Prithu Kunda, since around 1200 A.D., has been called Ballal Dighi. Due north about a mile, on a little hill, one can see Ballal Dhipi, or the remains of Laksman Sen's old palace. Recently the Archaeological Society of India excavated some parts of the huge palace walls. Hare Krishna!