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Apsara & Navala Kunda
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Apsara Kunda
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Navala Kunda
Apsara and Navala Kunda sit side by side along the tail end of Govardhan, one for Srimati Radharani (Apsara Kunda), the Divine Goddess, and one for Sri Krishna (Navala Kunda), the Supreme Personality. Apsara Kunda was named after Radharani, whose dancing in the rasa-lila surpassed that of all the Apsaras, the heavenly dancing girls. When the demigods came to bathe Lord Krsna, 108 kundas were created by the water from His Abhishek. Apsara-kund was created when the seven main Apsaras came to perform their Abhishek of Lord Krsna and Srimati Radharani was recognized as the topmost. 

On the bank of Apsara kunda, there is Apsara-bihari Temple, Dauji Temple, and a small Apsara-isvara (Siva-linga) shrine.

It is said that twenty-four main incarnations of Lord Visnu eternally perform their pastimes on the bank of this kunda. Krsna used to come here for the pleasure of His boyfriends. He manifested some of these forms to enjoy His pastimes in various incarnations. Once, He manifested a twelve-armed Visnu form in front of the gopis, and Subal took the form of Garuda. On another occasion, He became Varaha and started to dig the Earth. Then He became Ramacandra, and the cowherd boys became monkeys.

 Is said that once when Radha and Krishna were dancing together and enjoying their spring-time rasa-lila pastimes on what is now the banks of Apsara Kunda, they became so absorbed in their love for one another, they simply melted into liquid love for each other, forming these two kundas, with Radha into Apsara Kunda and Krishna into Navala Kunda. Navala-Kishore is one of Krishna’s many descriptive names and means ‘ever-fresh youth,’ giving Navala- Kunda's its name. This kund is sometimes called Punchari Kunda since it is directly at the Punchari (tail) of Govardhana Hill. Near both the lakes, there is a place of the Rasa Lila covered with dense groves and Kadamba trees. Near these lakes, there is Apsaravihari temple, Kundeshwar Mahadev temple, and Raghav Pandit's cave, in which he performed devotion to the Lord and after him, Siddha Saint Pandit Ramakrishna Das Baba also performed devotion here.

 

Govardhan Locations

Apsara & Navala Kunda
Charan Kunda (Indra Kunda)
Surabhi Kunda
Govardhan Forest (Top)
Brahma Kunda
Sakhi Kunda
Uddhava Kunda
Kusum Sarovar
Govardhan Forest (Bottom 1)
Dananivartan Kunda
Karshi Kunda
Govardhan Forest (Bottom 2)
Govinda Kunda
Foot of Narasimha Temple

Radha Kunda Locations

Radha Kunda
Shyama Kunda
Lalita Kunda
Lalita Kunda Samadhis
Gaya Ghat
Gopi Kupa
Gopi Kupa Samadhis
Asta Sakhi Ghat
Chaitanya's Sitting Place
Vallabha Ghat
Radha Madan Mohan Mandir
Go Ghat
Radha Kunda Parikrama Path
Radha Govinda Mandir
Jivha Mandir 
Three (Teen) Goswami Mandir
Manasapavana Ghat
 

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