Arriving at this kunda one day, the gopis began to distribute buttermilk to the cowherd boys, who in great excitement started to squabble and fight amongst themselves to see who would be first to drink the buttermilk, as well as who would be the one to drink the most. The name Jhagadaki is derived from the word ‘jhagra’ which means ‘to fight’ or ‘to squabble. The word ‘chach’ means ‘buttermilk’. This kunda is presently dry accept during the rainy season.
This is the place where Akrura arrived on his chariot from Mathura and suddenly saw Krishna’s lotus footprints in the dust; he immediately got down from his chariot and bowed his head to the ground while offering prayers to the Lord. There used to be a kunda here known as Akrura-kunda but it has now disappeared; only a pile of stones next to a solitary tree marks the sacred spot, which is still visited and worshiped by the local Vrajavasis. In the Bhakti-ratnakara it says. “O Shrinivasa, this is the place of Akrura, who was sent by King Kamsa to bring Krishna back to Mathura.” Although Akrura knew that Krishna was the infallible Supreme Personality of Godhead, he felt somewhat anxious in his mind, because he had been ordered by Kamsa to bring Krishna and Balarama to Mathura, where he knew the evil minded Kamsa would almost certainly try to kill Them.
Akrura-sthana is on the road from Mathura to Nandagrama that passes through the village of Khayara. After collecting Krishna and Balarama from Nanda Bhavana, Akrura left Nandagrama by the same road that he had arrived on. Although this place is generally known as Akrura-sthana, the local Vrajavasis call it ‘Krura-sthana’ which means the ‘cruel place’. This is because they felt that Akrura was very a cruel person because he took Krishna and Balarama away from them, which devastated them and broke their hearts.
-Adapted from Vraja Mandala Parikrama by Sri Rajasekhara Dasa Brahmachari.