Among the 12 forests of Braj to be recreated at Krishna Bhumi the first and foremost is the forest of Mahavan. The largest among all the forests of Vrindavan, Mahavana is also known as Gokul. Nanda Bhawan, the original house of Lord Krishna’s foster parents Nanda Maharaj and Yashoda, is here in Mahavan.
Surrounding the world’s tallest temple – Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir and covering 26 acres, Krishna Bhumi will recreate Dvadasha Kanana, the twelve magical forests of Vrindavan, where Lord Krishna carried out his childhood lilas.
According to the Padma Purana there were 48 different forests Vraja Mandal, which included 12 principal forests (vanas) on the eastern and western sides of Yamuna named Kumudavana, Khadiravana, Vrindavana, Bhandiravana, Talavana, Madhuvana, Mahavana, Bhadravana, Bahulavana, Kamyavana, Bilvavana and Lohavana. The other remaining sub forests were called upavanas, prativanas and adhivanas.