While herding cows in the forest of Bilvavana, it is said that the cowherd boys and the cows felt thirsty; therefore Krishna created this kunda just to satisfy their thirst. According to the Bhakti-ratnakara, this kunda located in the village of Dangauli, is situated within the forest of Bilvavana.
This is one of the twelve sacred forests of Vraja and Bilvavana forest has an individual parikrama of around four kilometers. The name of Bilvavana, or Belvana as it is also known, is derived from a large round fruit known as “bilva fruit’, commonly called ‘bael fruit’ that grows in great abundance in this forest. This fruit ripens in summer and once the hard shell is broken, the soft pulpy center can be eaten raw or mixed with sugar and water and makes a very cooling drink in summer-time. This fruit is also used as a cure for stomach ailments. In the Bhakti-ratnakara it says. “It was here that Balarama and Krishna ate ripe bael fruits. According to the Adi-varaha Purana, this forest is worshiped by all the demigods, and whoever visits it will also be worshiped in Brahmaloka.
In Bilvavana a man can be freed from his vices by bathing in Krishnakunda.” Besides Krishna-kunda which is situated in Dangoli village, there is also the famous Lakshmi Mandira near the banks of the Yamuna, and a famous well said to have been created by Krishna known as Krishna-kupa. There is also a Shiva-linga said to have been worshiped by Parvati Devi, Lord Shiva’s consort. According to the Bhakti-ratnakara, the sacred lake of Mana-sarovara, where Radharani hide Herself when overwhelmed by jealous anger or mana, is also situated in the Bilvavana forest.
– Adapted from Vraja Mandala Parikrama by Sri Rajasekhara Dasa Brahmachari.