Kamyavana is the fourth among the twelve forests of Braj Mandal and it is one of the topmost forests. The fortunate person who circumambulates this forest is revered within Braj dham.
"O Maharaja, thereafter lies Kamyavana, where Brajendra nandana Shri Krishna performed many childhood pastimes. Bathing in Kama and other ponds in this forest fulfils all kinds of desires, even the desire for service to Krishna that is imbued with prema."
The word Kama can only really be used to denote the gopis prema for Shri Krishna. In other words, the pure prema of the gopis exists solely to give Krishna happiness, and does not carry even the slightest scent of worldly lust. In the scriptures it is only this prema that is referred to as kama. The pure prema of the gopis is wholly opposite to the lusty desires in this world. The only aim of the gopis kama, which is devoid of all varieties of such lust, is to give happiness to Krishna, the abode of prema. Therefore, Shrimad-Bhagvatam and other scriptures refer to the pure and unadulterated prema of the gopis as kama. Kamyavana is the pastime place where the Divine Couple Shri Radha-Krishna express such transcendental prema. In this forest, one can even attain, quite easily, the gopis genuine prema in the form of pure kama, what to speak of being able to fulfil all kinds of worldly desires.
The word Kamya means "extremely beautiful", "well adorned" or "highly attractive". This forest within Braja Mandal is a most charming pastime place of Sri Krishna. Many pleasant lakes, wells, ponds, trees, creepers, flowers, fruits and species of birds contribute to its extraordinary beauty. Hence, it is called Kamyavan.
Pastime Places In Kamyavan
According to the Vishnu Puran, there are eighty four sacred ponds(kunds), eighty four temples and eighty four pillars in Kamyavan. It is said that a famous king named Sri Kamasena established them all. It is also accepted that the demigods and demons jointly constructed one hundred sixty eight pillars here.
Kamyavana has countless small and large kunds, as well as a parikrama of fourteen miles. Vimala Kund is the famous sacred place of this forest. After bathing here, one performs parikrama of Kamyavana or proceeds to take darsana of the other holy places in Kamyavana.Those places include Gopika Kund, Suvarnapura, Gaya Kund and Dharma Kund. The throne of Dharmaraja is situated at Dharma Kund and is a place of darshan.
Next come Yajna Kund, the Pancha Tirtha Sarovara of the Pandavas, Parama Moksa Kund and Manikarnika Kund. Just nearby are Nivasa Kund and Yasoda Kund. Somewhat further on are Manokamana Kund, Gopikaramana Kund, Setubandha Ramesvara Kund, Dhyan Kund, Tapta Kund, Jal Vihara Kund, Jal Krida Kund, Rangila Kund, Chabila Kund, Jakila Kund, Matila Kund, Datila Kund, Pancha Kund, Ghosarani Kund, Vihvala Kund, Shyama Kund, Gomati Kund, Dwaraka Kund, Mana Kund, Lalita Kund, Visakha Kund, Dohani Kund, Mohini Kund, Balabhadra Kund, Chaturbhuja Kund, Surabhi Kund, Batsa Kund, Luk Luki Kund, Govinda Kund, Netramichana Kund, Phisalani Shila, Vyomasur Cave, Bhojan Thali, the marriage place of Sumana Sakhi, and Lalita Granthi Datta Sthan. Thereafter come Visnu Chinha Pada Parvata, Garuda Tirtha, Kapila Tirtha, the place of Lohajangha Rishi and Hoda Sthan. North of these holy places is the place of Indulekha Devi, and nearby on top of the hill is the place of Balaram and the mark of Balarama's plough.
Further north is Krishna Kupa, and nearby is Sankarsana Kund. Beyond are the hidden Lokesvara Tirtha, Baraha Kund, Sati Kund and Chandrasakhi Puskarini; and next to these places are the deity of Chandrasekhara Shiva and Shrinagara Tirtha.South of the hill situated in that place is a bavadi, or a deep tank with steps, named Prabhalalli. West of this tank is Bharadvaja Rishi Kupa. To its north is another Satikarsana Kund and to its east is Krishna Kupa. These three wells all lie near the hill mentioned earlier. At the top of the hill is the deity of Bhadresvara Shiv. After this, one comes to the deity of Alaksa Garuda and the asrama of Pippalada Rishi. After having darsana of these places, one proceeds to Dihuhali and Radha Puskarini. In the eastern, northern, western and southern parts of this puskarini (large lake or pond) lie Lalita Puskarini, Bisakha Puskarini, Chandravali Puskarini and Chandrabhaga Puskarini respectively. In the south-eastern part is Lilavati Puskarini and in the north-western part is Prabhavati Puskarini. The puskarinis of sixty-four sakhis lie here. Further on is Kusa Sthali. One can have darsana here of Kamesvara Mahadeva and the place where Sankhacuda was killed. To the north are the deity of Chandrasekhara, of Vimalesvara and a deity of Varaha. Here, one can also visit the five Pandavas with Draupadi, and further on are Vrinda Devi with Govindaji, Shri Radha Vallabha, Navanit Raya, Gokulesvara and Shri Ramachandra. Other places of darsana include Charana Pahadi, Shri Radha Gopinath , Shri Radha Mohana and Chaurasi Khamba.