On the banks of this beautiful kunda, within the forest of Domanavana, many secret meetings took place between Radha and Krishna that were made possible by the clever tricks of two gopis named Rimki and Jhimki, who both have kundas nearby named after them. The name ‘domana’ means ‘two minds’ and ‘vana’ means forest, or in other words the forest where the two minds of the ‘divine lovers’ Radha and Krishna became united as one. The word domana can also mean that the two minds of Rimki and Jimki acted as one in arranging the secret meetings of Radha and Krishna.
Next to this large kunda is the humble residence of Purnamasi Devi, who was the mother of Krishna’s gurukula teacher Sandipani Muni. Being the widow of a brahmana, she lived at Nandagrama as a tapasvini and always wore simple saffron cloth. Every Vrajavasi respected her and treated her as if she was their guru, and no important activity in Vraja was undertaken without her consultation and blessings. On the advice of her spiritual master, Shrila Narada Muni, after the loss of her husband, she left the ashrama of her son Sandipani Muni at Avantipura (Ujjain), and along with her two grandchildren, she came to Vraja to be near her beloved Krishna, whom she loved even more than her own life.
The local Vrajavasis became very much attached to Paurnamasi and made her a thatched cottage out of leaves and bamboo where she stayed with her two grandchildren, Sandipani Muni’s son and daughter named Madhumangala and Nandamukhi. It is said that Purnamasi was especially close to Yashoda Mayi and would go to Nanda Bhavana every day without fail to have darshana of Krishna. It is believed after the marriage of her grandchildren, Purnamasi moved into a cave or gufa near the same spot which can still be seen even today. Nandamukhi, who also played an integral role in Krishna’s pastimes, had her own residence nearby.
Shrimati Purnamasi Devi is one of the most important personalities in the Vraja pastimes of Radha and Krishna, because, as an expansion of the internal potency called yogamaya, all the pastimes enacted by Radha and Krishna fall within her supervisory jurisdiction. She is supported in this task by another expansion of the yogamaya potency in the form of Vrinda Devi, and under their control; all the various pastimes are unfolding one after another. Consequently Krishna, who has also placed Himself under the controlling feature of the yogamaya potency, can therefore forget His own position as the Supreme Controller, and has nothing to do other than enjoy His transcendental pastimes with the gopis in the forests of Vraja.
-Adapted from Vraja Mandala Parikrama by Sri Rajasekhara Dasa Brahmachari.