This is the ghata where the gopis crossed the Yamuna without a boat. The story is related in the Gopala-tapani-upanishad. Once on Krishna’s advice, the gopis where going to Panigaon village to serve a feast to the great sage Durvasa Muni so that he could break his ekadashi fast. Durvasa Muni whose ashrama was near Mathura was staying in the vicinity of Panigoan. As it so happened there were no boats in those days going to Panigaon village on the far shore of the Yamuna and therefore Radharani asked Krishna how they would be able to cross the Yamuna, Krishna then told how they could cross. When the gopis reached the riverbank, remembering what Krishna’s had told said, Radharani prayed to Yamunaji and then said, “Krishna the brahmachari”. As soon as Yamunaji heard the words spoken by Radha, at that very moment the current of the river subsided revealing a shallow path to the other side. The gopis then crossed the Yamuna and were able to serve Durvasa Muni with a wonderful feast. Being pleased with the gopis, Durvasa gave his heartfelt blessings to all of them. Radharani received a special blessing from the sage, that whatever She cooked would always taste like nectar, and whoever ate Her cooking would never become sick and would also live a long life. The meaning of Radha’s words that ‘Krishna is a pure brahmachari’ is that Krishna has a spiritual body and is transcendental to the platform of material lust, and therefore His loving relationship with Radharani and the gopis is based upon pure spiritual emotion or bhava and not for satisfaction of the material sense which lead only to suffering.
—Adapted from the book ‘ Vrajmandal Parikrama’ by Sri Rajshekhar das Brahmachari