One of the most famous spots and intriguing draws of the town is Nidhivan, a small shrubby place. Legend has it that Lord Krishna performed the Rasleela (divine dance) here with Radha and his gopis over 5000 years ago. The stone path leads to the Samadhi of the mystic musician Swami Haridas whose devotion to Lord Krishna inspired the lord to materialise here. In the middle of the enclosure lies Lalita Kund, a pond named after a gopi who asked Lord Krishna for water after dancing. He then plucked the earth with his flute and water emerged for them. A small shrine called Rang Mahal is where Lord Krishna is said to have done Srinagar (make-up) for Radha. Every night the priests leave toiletries on a sandalwood bed here; the next morning these appear to have been moved. Another shrine shows Radha, flanked by Lalita and Vishakha who conspired to steal Lord Krishna’s flute, which took away his attention from them.
Near Shahji Mandir, Vrindavan
Visitors must hold their belongings tightly as there are several monkeys present in the area which might snatch their spectacles, food, caps and bottles.
Photography not allowed inside the temple.