This is the famous ghata on the Yamuna River where Nanda Maharaja was arrested by the servants of Varuna Deva, the demigod of the waters. It so happened that on the occasion of ekadashi, Nanda Maharaja, Krishna’s father, had fasted the whole day and the following morning, the day of dwadashi, he decided to take an early morning ritualistic bath in the River Yamuna before breaking fast. Unfortunately, he arrived at the river bank before the appointed hour and as soon as he entered the water to bathe, he was immediately arrested by the servants of Varuna Deva, who accused him of bathing at an improper time, and took him away to the court of Varuna to be punished. The moment that Nanda Maharaja was arrested, Nanda’s companions immediately informed Krishna and Balarama about the sudden turn of events. The two transcendental brothers could immediately understand the situation and straight away left for the abode of Varuna to rescue their father Nanda Maharaja.
As soon as Krishna and Balarama arrived at the abode of Varuna, They were welcomed with great respect. Varuna Deva humbly addressed Krishna and Balarama by saying that it was his great fortune to be able to see the Supreme Personality of Godhead present before his eyes, and because of seeing Them, he would not have to take birth again. Varuna also said that because he was personally seen Krishna and Balarama before his eyes, his life was now perfect. Varuna Deva also apologized on behalf of his servants, who he said had inadvertently arrested Nanda Maharaja, and informed Krishna and Balarama that They could now take Their father back home. Varuna further said that it was only by the will of providence that this whole incident had been allowed to take place.
Nanda Ghata is situated near the village of Baigram sometimes called Bhogoan, which are corruptions of the ancient name Bhaya Grama. The word ‘bhaya’ means ‘fear’ and the village was so named because both Nanda Maharaja and the cowherd men experienced great fear at this place after Nanda had been arrested by the servants of Varuna. There is a temple here containing the deities of Nanda Maharaja and mother Yashoda along with Krishna and Balarama.