Just imagine that out of hundreds of countries in the world and thousands of big and small places, there are only a few that stay with us even long after we have visited them. Vrindavan is one such place that haunts you not just for months but for years after you have visited this small yet vibrant land of Sri Krishna. As the Adi Purana beautifully puts it— “In all the three planetary systems, this earth is especially fortunate for here stands the town of Vrindavana.”
What is so special about Vrindavan? Why is it that every time a Krishna devotee visits Vrindavan, he/ she comes back with one predominant desire—to go back to this beautiful place one more time?
The reason is quite simple. Vrindavan inspires us not only as Sri Krishna’s leelakshetra, but also with its divine ambience that is imbued in Sri Krishna’s love. There is magic in its air and miracle in its lanes. Because there is Sri Krishna wherever you go. As Srila Prabhupada beautifully explains it,
“Vrindavana dhäma is non-different from Krishna because the name, form, fame, and place where the Lord manifests – are all identical with the Lord as absolute knowledge. Therefore, Vrindavana dhäma is as worshipable as the Lord.”
If you have ever wished to go back to Vrindavan year after year, if you have secretly dreamed of having a home in Vrindavan, if you have always wanted to stretch your Vrindavan visits by a few more hours, a Krishna Bhumi Holydays membership is for you.
Begin a journey of spiritual rejuvenation
Becoming a Krishna Bhumi Holydays member is the beginning of a spiritually elevating experience that will resonate with you for years to come. After all, how wonderful it is to spend a few days every year surrounded by the holiest 84 kos on earth! And a Holydays membership creates an atmosphere in which you can soak in the glory of the land and be one with Sri Krishna.
Stay close to the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir: When you become a Krishna Bhumi Holydays member, you have a home in Krishna Bhumi, a beautiful township that is taking shape close to the upcoming Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir. Conceived as the world’s tallest Krishna temple, this awe-inspiring creation will be a sight to behold. Begin your mornings with pujas and aartis and fill your days with the holy chants of Sri Krishna Mahamantra. And in the evening when you look out of your balcony, be mesmerised by the imposing Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir that will stand right outside!
Immerse yourself in kirtans and kathas, pravachans and bhajans: Apart from the daily pujas and aartis, the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir will also have regular bhajans, kirtans, and spiritual discourses. The Holy Yamuna is just 4.5km away. Reach the Kesi Ghat in just 10 minutes, take a boat ride in the Holy Yamuna and watch the enthralling evening aarti bidding adieu to the day.
Meditate in the vast green area: What is the best way to serve Sri Krishna? To surrender your thoughts to Him. To think about Him undisturbed by anything around you. Your surrounding plays an important role in creating the appropriate environment. Krishna Bhumi is surrounded by acres of greenery where you can peacefully chant the Hari-naam and feel one with Sri Krishna.
Perform all the pujas and parikramas you always wanted: A Holydays membership offers you a concierge service upon request that takes care of your entire itinerary. We will arrange all your pujas, parikramas, and darshans so that you can have a hassle-free Vrindavan experience, every single time.
Get virtually transported to the Dwapara Yuga: Twelve forests of the Dwapara Yuga, also known as the Dvadasha Kanana, are being recreated adjacent to Krishna Bhumi. Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir will also feature light and sound shows and story-telling with Sri Krishna at their centre. The Vedic cosmology exhibit and the Goloka Vrindavan Darshan viewing gallery inside the proposed Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir will further revive you spiritually.
Vrindavan is waiting right here with its promise of peace and profundity. A Holydays membership will help you imbibe all the positivity in the air of this holy dham.
We look forward to having you as part of our Holydays family.
The relationship between Yashoda and Sri Krishna is one of the most celebrated mother-son relationships of all time. Yashoda’s unfathomable love for Krishna has inspired many works of art. She is an integral part of Krishna’s childhood lilas. Once, when sage Narada visited Nanda’s house, he was greeted with one of the most divine sights. Narada watched on as Mother Yashoda punished her mischievous little boy Krishna by tying him with a grinding stone. Seeing this, Narada said, “Enna Thavam Saidhanai, Yashoda” which translates as “What penance have You (Mother Yashoda) undertaken to be bestowed with the powers to punish the supreme (Narayana)”. Because here was the Supreme Godhead— “the beginning and the end and also the middle” who let Himself being chastised by a mere mortal!
So, why was Yashoda chosen to be Sri Krishna’s foster mother?
Sri Krishna was born to Devaki and Vasudeva. But as fate would have it, it was Yashoda and Nanda who brought Him up. So, it was not Devaki but Yashoda who could witness all the beautiful lilas of Sri Krishna as He turned into a magnificent youth who mesmerised everyone who came in contact with Him.
Legend has it that one day little Krishna was playing in the sand and put it into His mouth. Mother Yashoda was concerned and asked her son to open His mouth. However, she was not ready for what happened next. She saw the entire universe inside that little mouth. There were the seven oceans and also Narayana resting on Adishesha (the Divine Snake) with his consort Mahalakshmi.
It is believed that Yashoda and Nanda performed great penance in their previous birth. Lord Vishnu was happy with their prayers and appeared in front of them. He asked the couple what they wanted and the couple said that they wanted to treat Lord Vishnu as their son. Lord Vishnu was amused because He is the Creator of the whole universe. However, He never knew what a mother’s love is and that is why conceded to the request and granted them this boon. Hence when Lord Vishnu appeared on the earth in His Krishna avatar, it was Yashoda who brought him up despite not being the biological mother of Sri Krishna.
How did Yashoda become Sri Krishna’s mother for the second time?
Yashoda did not meet Krishna ever since He left Mathura. However, when on her deathbed, Krishna came to meet His mother. She was happy but her only regret was that she could never see any of Krishna’s marriages. Sri Krishna understood His mother’s pain and said that her wish would be fulfilled in her next birth when He would be born as Venkateshwara and Mother Yashoda as Vakula Devi.
Mother Yashoda as Vakula Devi
In the Kali Yuga, Lord Vishnu appeared as Lord Venkateswara. This time too, Yashoda was His foster mother. Her name was Vakula Devi. She played a crucial role in arranging His wedding with King Akasa Raja’s daughter Padmavati. And this time, Mother Yashoda as Vakula Devi, fulfilled her wishes to see her son’s marriage.
Roughly 300 years back, a temple dedicated to Vakula Devi was constructed on Perurubanda hillock surrounding the picturesque Perur village. The idol of Vakula Devi looks towards the Seven Hills, the abode of her son Lord Venkateswara.
The relationship between Yashoda and Sri Krishna is not just a bond between a mother and her son. In a way, Mother Yashoda is also one of the most ardent devotees of Sri Krishna. What begins as ‘Vatsalya Prem’ (love for her son) evolves into ‘Vatsalya Bhakti’ (devotion of a mother).
What better way to feel Yasoda’s love for Krishna than to be in the place where Krishna spent His time as a child and a youth. Visit Braj and soak in the divinity of the holiest 84 kos on earth. Experience Vrindavan like never before through a Krishna Bhumi Holydays membership.