Now we have arrived at Bhandirvat. Can you realize or even imagine how sacred this place is? This is the place where Srimati Radhika and Krishna were married. Listen attentively as I relate the lila. As soon as they reached the banks of the Yamuna, looking at each other smiling, they took the form of a young boy of fifteen or sixteen and a young girl of thirteen or fourteen.
This of course is not possible for us to do. When we are young, we are just young, and when we get old we must stay old. It is not possible for us to change our bodily formations and corresponding mentalities except by the normal human material growth process. But we are not speaking about just normal human beings. We are eloquently elucidating upon the pristine pastimes of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Krishna and His hladini shakti, His highest internal potency which is Srimati Radharani. For them anything and everything is possible.
As soon as they transformed themselves, Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva appeared along with Narada Muni and a wonderful wedding ceremony took place between Srimati Radharani and Krishna. Kettledrums sounded and flower petals fell from the sky as Lord Krishna and His beloved Srimati Radharani lovingly exchanged flower garlands and the gandharva marriage was consummated. These radiant pastimes all happened here in this place.
Another nice pastime took place here. Malarksetra or wrestling was enacted. Krishna’s friends dressed Him as a wrestler and Srimati Radhika’s girlfriends dressed Her as a wrestler. Then They engaged in a wonderful wrestling match. But be extremely careful that you do not think of Their wrestling as an ordinary exhibition of physical prowess. That would be offensive and unforgivable. The wrestling between Srimati Radharani and Krishna was not a test of strength or show of power. It was a physical declaration and exhibition of eternal love. Each one trying to increase the other’s love with love. Just reflect on how transcendentally marvelous this must be, to fight to increase the other’s love with love. What an amazing and fascinating revelation.
So I see that some of you were not aware that Srimati Radharani and Krishna were actually married. It was totally transcendental and extremely esoteric in every way and at the time the entire earth as well as the upper and lower planetary systems were all permeated with auspiciousness.
As related before, as soon as young Srimati Radhika and Krishna arrived at the banks of the Yamuna they stood under this banyan tree and changed into a young couple in their teens. At this time Lalita devi and Vishaka and Citra and the sakhis and manjaris came and dressed them up very beautifully. Then Lord Brahma was flying overhead after having performed a yagna in Pushkar. Seeing this extraordinary display of heavenly beauty by the wonderful couple, very much captivated, he alighted and went to pay his humble obeisances. After doing so he found that Lalita devi had prepared a seat for him and he was asked to recite the Vedas. So Brahma sat down and began reciting the four Vedas from his four mouths bowing his four heads in reverence.
At this time Lord Shiva appeared along with Narada Muni. Then Brahma married Krishna and Srimati Radharani by the gandharva method, which is the exchange of flower garlands and the chanting of Vedic mantra At this time flower petals fell from the sky and all over the upper planetary systems auspicious signs and vibrations could be perceived. The Siddhas on their planet began composing and chanting choice prayers to the Supreme Lord and the celestial singer the Gandharvas began singing wonderful songs glorifying the Supreme Lord. The demigods became overwhelmed with joy, the inhabitants of the heavenly planets began to dance in ecstasy as the sound of kettledrums, and bugle horns reverberated throughout the three worlds.
Immediately after the marriage was performed everyone and everything vanished. Krishna and Srimati Radharani returned to their previous childish forms and taking each others hand they continued on their way to Her father, King Vrishabhanu’s palace. Gaura Premanadi!! Hari! Haribol!!
Many people especially the women come here. Those who are barren and those who are not having any sons. They come here, and making a vow, take a little bit of cow dung and bathe with the waters from Venu Kup pray to have a son, and usually they are blessed with one. Of course we have not come here with the same intention, that is only fruitive desire to have a son and this and that. Nevertheless this has been going on for a long time and women who were considered barren have been having children from bathing with the water here at Venu Kup where we will now take acaman and drink the waters also. Hare Krishna!
Now we are in Bansivat. There is a very tall banyan tree here Wherever there was a tall tree in a high place, Krishna would climb up that tree and play the flute to call the grazing cows. Krishna also performed rasa lila dance here. There are many places where Krishna performed rasa lila, but amongst them all this place of Bansivat is one of the main ones.
Another reason why this place is very important is because the day before Krishna left for Mathura, He promised Sridam that he would come right back. Sridam taking Krishna’s word said, “Alright when you go, I will wait for you right here and I will not leave this place until I see you return. But if you take too long I will simply give up my body not caring to remain alive without you.” Previously the Yamuna flowed very nicely right past this spot, and Sridam told Krishna that he would into the Yamuna and give up his body. Now Sridam was the brother of Srimati Radharani and was extremely dear to Krishna. So Krishna just pacified him saying, “Do not worry. I will definitely come back tomorrow, and if not tomorrow, certainly by the day after tomorrow. No later than that.” So Sridam waited one day, two days, three days, four days and still no sign of Krishna. He waited one week, two weeks, three weeks, four weeks and still Krishna did not come. This went on and on and on and on and still Sridam waited for Krishna but Krishna did not come. So here now we see a diety of Sridam and he is still waiting for Krishna in acute separation hoping that He will soon come.
When Caitanya Mahaprabhu came to Vrindavan, He came this way. At this spot he called out, “Sridam!” to the deity form and embraced it telling him that he had come back. Also Nityananda Prabhu and Advaitacarya came to this spot and also the Goswamis spent some time here doing bhajan. So let us pay our dandavats to this place and to Sridam Prabhu and then let us proceed on our parikrama. Hari! Haribol!