Seva Kunj in VrindavanSeva Kunj, also known as Nikunj Van (forest), is located in Vrindavan. Vrindavan is a city which goes synonymous with the life of Lord Krishna. It is a town in Mathura district where according to Mahabharata, Lord Krishna spent his childhood. It is one of the most important Hindu pilgrim point. The place is known as Seva Kunj because Lord Krishna used to do seva (selfless service) of Radha and helped her get ready for Raas Leela (a holy dance).
Seva Kunj History
Seva Kunj was discovered by Swami Hit Harivansh in 1590. Followers of his sampraday maintain this sacred site and offer daily pooja seva to the presiding deity. It has a beautiful temple dedicated to Radha Krishna which is also known as Rang Mahal, where Radha and Krishna used to perform Raas Leela along with other gopis of Vrindavan. The temple’s walls are decorated with paintings of various leelas performed by Shri RadhaKrishna. Each painting depicts different aspect of Radha and Krishna. One of the painting depicts Krishna combing and decorating hairs of Radha. In another painting, Lord Krishna is massaging legs of Radha after she is tired of Raas Leela. Other paintings depicts RadhaKrishna playing Holi and in one Krishna is enthralling Radha while playing flute.
The temple gates get closed after sunset and no one is allowed to enter the temple after evening aarti, as it is a local myth that Radha Krishna still perform Raas Leela and no one is allowed to see this divine spectacle. Even the monkeys which crowd the temple in the daytime, desert the temple after sunset.
A little distance away from Seva Kunj is sacred Lalita Kund, which is believed to have been constructed by the flute of Lord Krishna to quench the thirst of Lalita Devi, friend of Radha. Just north of Seva Kunj is Imli Tala. It has a very old tamarind tree which had existed since the time of Krishna. The tamarind tree lies in the courtyard of a Radha-Krishna temple which was built by Maharaja Bhakti Saranga. Lord Krishna used to sit under this tree and his body would turn into gold after ecstatic separation from his most beloved devotee, Radha.
The garden is also surrounded by various other temples like Radha-Vrindavan-Chandra temple, Banke Bihari temple, Dwarkadhish temple, Shahji Temple, Radha Damodar temple , Radha Shyamsundar temple and Raja Bharatpuras Palace.
The city is best seen during Janmashtami, Holi and Radhaashtami and is lavishly decorated on these occasions.
Hotels Near Seva Kunj
- Radha Ashok at bridge vasundhara (4.5 km from bankebihari temple), Tariff Rs 3696/ night.
- Hotel Anand Krishna Van – 1.9 km from Vrindavan Railway Station. Tariff – 1347 onwards.
How to Reach Seva Kunj
Seva Kunj is just 2.1 km from Vrindavan. Below are the possible ways to reach Vrindavan.
- By Road: State buses connect Vrindavan with other cities like Mathura, Agra and Haridwar. There are also taxis available from Delhi and Agra; travellers can hire taxis from Delhi by paying amount anywhere between Rs 3000 to Rs 5000. There are also direct buses from Delhi to Vrindavan but most of the buses go to Mathura (Rs 70) after every half an hour interval. Vrindavan is just 10 kms from Mathura and one can take a local auto rickshaw for Rs 5.
- By Rail: Vrindavan has a railway station but not all the trains stop here. Closest railway station to Seva Kunj is Mathura which is about 14 km away.
Seva Kunj Address: Parikrama Marg, Gotam Nagar,Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh - 281121
Entry: Free of cost.
Timings of temple: Morning: 8.00 am to 11.00 am; Evening: 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm