This sacred kunda is situated on the outskirts of Kaman Town and it is one of the famous kundas of Kamyavana and considered to be the original Gaya, or Adi-Gaya, with its expansion situated in Bihar state, where Hindus traditionally offer ‘pinda’ once a year to their departed forefathers. Nanda Maharaja used to come here to Gaya-kunda and offer ‘pinda’ to his forefathers, as do many Vrajavasis even today. Some authorities have said that there are many different kundas, now invisible, that were situated around Gaya-kunda including; Prayaga-kunda, Kashi-kunda, Pushkara-kunda, Gomati-kunda, Mana-kunda, Balabhadra-kunda, Narada-kunda, and Dwaraka-kunda, which represent the various holy tirthas found in India. Others say these kundas were actually situated within Gaya-kunda depending at which side of Gaya-kunda one bathed, and it was possible to bathe in all these kundas one after another.
SURABHI-KUNDA (Prabhodananda Saraswati Bhajana Kutira)
The very beautiful and tranquil Surabhi-kund is the place where Prabhodananda Saraswati Goswami performed his bhajana. Prabhodananda Saraswati was a devoted follower of Vaishnava Dharma and a prominent spiritual teacher belonging to Ramanuja’s Shri sampradaya and hailed from Srirangama (Rangapatnam) in Southern India. He was the uncle as well as initiating spiritual master of Gopala Bhatta Goswami.
Shrila Prabhodananda Saraswati Goswami first met Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu at Srirangam in Andhra Pradesh during the Lord’s tour of South India, when He spent the rainy season staying at the house of Gopala Bhatta’s father, Venkata Bhatta. At that time, Prabhodananda had the opportunity to associate with Lord Chaitanya and became so convinced about the Lord’s mission and philosophy, that he left the Shri sampradaya and joined Mahaprabhu’s Gaudiya Vaishnava sampradaya. After traveling to Vrindavana, he stayed there and spent the rest of his life in the service of the holy Dhama. He was an intimate associate of the Six Goswamis and wrote a number of important books on the science of bhakti-yoga. His samadhi is at Kaliya Ghata in Vrindavana where he also performed bhajana towards the end of his life. The Gaura-ganadesha-dipika says that Prabhodananda Saraswati was one of the ashta-sakhis named Tungavidya Devi in Krishna’s Vrindavana pastimes.
-Adapted from Vraja Mandala Parikrama by Sri Rajasekhara Dasa Brahmachari.