Kumudvan / कुमुदवन

Two miles west of Talvana is Kumudvan, which presently goes by the name Kudaravan. The kund here is called both Kumudini Kund and Vihar Kund. While herding the cows, Shri Krishna, Shri Balram and the cowherd boys wandered throughout this delightful place. Shri Krishna Himself sported in this kund with the cowherd boys and with sweet words He would summon the cows to the bank of the pond by exclaiming, "Tiri tiri!" And then with "Chun-Chun!" He would tell them to drink water. The boys decorated each other with garlands made of kumudini flowers. Sometimes Krishna hid from His sakhas and, unseen by them, He sported in the water here with Radhika, Lalita, Vishakha and other priya-narma-sakhis. There is currently a deity of Shri Kapildev on the bank of this kund. Lord Kapil worshipped Shri Krishna at this place. From here, the pilgrimage of Braj proceeds to Bahulavan via Shantanu Kund. In the neighbourhood are picturesque pastime places, such as Ompar, Manako-nagara, Lagayo, Ambikavan, Ganeshara (Gandheshwarivan), Datiha (Datiya), Chhatikara and Garud-Govind.

Datiha (Datiya)

Datiha lies about six miles west of Mathura and two miles from Shantanu Kund. According to the Padma Purana, Nand Maharaja and all the Brajvasis, including Shri Krishna's beloved gopis, went to Kurukshetra at the time of a solar eclipse to meet Krishna. Krishna repeatedly assured them, saying, "I shall soon return to Braj," and then sent them back to Braj. Although the gopas and gopis did return to Braj with Nand Baba, instead of going back to Gokul-Mahavan, they waited for Krishna near Datiha on the other side of the Yamuna (from Gokul). The village in which they stayed while waiting for Krishna is called Maghera or Maghera. After Shri Krishna killed Shishupal He went to the vicinity of Mathura, where Dantavakra had gone to fight with Him. Krishna killed Dantavakra at Datiha, and then met with His parents and the other Brajavasis. Because Dantavakra was killed here, this place is called Datiha [a name derived from the Sanskrit dantavakra-ha, "killer of Dantavakra".