As seen above, Kusum Sarovar is a magnificent work of ancient architecture, several hundreds of years old. The Sarovar was constructed by the Jat rulers of the Bharatpur, Maharaja Suraj Mal as a pool and garden for his queen, Kishori Rani. The building was later built by Maharaja Jawahir Singh, the king of Bharatpur, in honor of his father Maharaja Suraj Mall in 1764.
Sarovar translates to lake and kusum to flower and Kusum Sarovar is named for pastimes thousands of years old of female cow herders (gopis) who picked flowers for the Sun God, Surya, for the nearby Surya Deva Temple. There, these gopis met with Krishna and his friend Madhumangala who would disguise themselves as priests, accepting the flowers and sweets at the temple for themselves as lighthearted tricks. These pastimes can now be found painted inside Kusam Sarovar's building walls.
Today Kusum Sarovar is a historic landmark and place of pilgrimage for thousands. Widows and locals alike maintain Kusam Sarovar daily so this beautiful landmark may continue to inspire and remain a chapter in the history of India.
Our Cleaning & Restoration
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The Women Behind Daily Cleaning
Meet Basona and Nandarani,
Basona and Nandarani are always together. They live together, eat together, pray together, and serve together. These incredibly dedicated sisters work more than nearly any other member of RadhaSeva, and they do it together. For them, caring for Kusum Sarovar and the other sacred spaces around Govardhan is their opportunity to serve and give back to their communities, and they never miss a day to do so. They maintain the water from trash and debris at Kusum Sarovar, sweep the walkways, maintain the lawns, and garden with impeccable capacity, neither lacking energy, despite both being over 70-years-old. Basona and Nandarani have been an inspiration for the strength given to one who has a desire to serve, especially when working in loving companionship.