Brahma Vaivarta Purana Chapter 17:201-210

Brahma Vaivarta Purana

Çri Våndävana-nagara-varnana

Description of Çri Våndävana

Chapter 17: Verse 201-210



201.After long austerities, the king went to the world of Goloka. The holy place where he performed austerities was named Kedära after him. Anyone who dies there at once attains liberation.

202.His daughter named Våndä was a partial incarnation of Goddess Lakñmi. Austere and learned in the yoga-çästras, she would not accept any husband.

203.From Durväsä Muni she received a rare mantra of Lord Kåñna's names.

204.Renouncing everything, she left home and went to the forest to perform austerities. For sixty-thousand years she performed austerities in a secluded place.

205.Handsome, smiling Lord Kåñna, who dearly loves His devotees, appeared before her and said, Please ask for a boon."

206.Gazing at Çri Rädhä's handsome eternal beloved, she at once fell in love with Him. She was deeply wounded by Kämadeva's arrows.

207.She at once asked, Please be my husband." He replied, So be it." and He enjoyed with her in a secluded place for a long time.

208.She happily went with Lord Kåñna to Goloka. She became the best of the gopis. She was almost equal to Çri Rädhä Herself.

209.O great sage, Våndävana (Våndä's forest) is named after Våndä either because she performed austerities there, or because she enjoyed pastimes there.

210.O child, now I will tell you another sacred story of Våndävana's name. Please hear it.



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