Sri Vrajmandala parikrama - Part 1

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(38) Sakhé-sthalé (Kadamba-khaëòé) Further on from Bilachü-kuëòa, after crossing Däna-ghäöé, the pilgrim enters the town of Govardhana, and again performs parikramä of Mänasé-gaìgä and Cakreçvara. North-west of Mänaségaìgä is Sakhé-sthalé, the place of Candrävalé Sakhé. This village is now known as Sakhétharä, and lies within Sakhévana. Çré Raghunätha däsa Gosvämé used to perform bhajana on the bank of Rädhä-kuëòa. He would remain absorbed in bhajana day and night, and for his daily sustenance, he would only drink a little buttermilk in a tiny cup made of kadamba leaves. One day, a Vrajaväsé brought some buttermilk in a larger kadamba-leaf cup. Çré Raghunätha däsa Gosvämé asked him where he had procured it from, and the Vrajaväsé joyfully responded, “I brought it from Sakhé-sthalé.” At that time, Däsa Gosvämé was not in external consciousness, and was irritated by the very mention of Sakhésthalé. He angrily ordered the Vrajaväsé to leave. The Vrajaväsé could not understand Däsa Gosvämé’s mood and fled. Çré Däsa Gosvämé is an intimate maidservant in Çrématé Rädhikä’s own group (svapakña). An ordinary person cannot comprehend his deep mood and actions. (39) Sauìkaräé The present name of this village is Çakravä, and is situated two miles west of Govardhana and one-and-a-half miles north-west of Sakhétharä. At this place, Rädhikä’s own gopés made Kåñëa repeatedly swear that He knew no one other than Çré Rädhikä. Hence, this place is called Sauìkaräé, from çapatha lenä, meaning “to take an oath”. This is also where Indra donated a Surabhé cow to Kåñëa. Çakra-kuëòa and Gväla-kuëòa lie here. (40) Uddhava-kuëòa Uddhava-kuëòa is situated exactly west of Kusuma-sarovara on the right side of the parikramä path. Vajranäbha Mahäräja manifested Uddhava-kuëòa under the guidance of Çäëòilya and 243