The ancient name of the village is derived from the word ‘yava’ or ‘yavaka’, which means the bright red pigment, called in English as ‘vermilion’ or ‘red lac’. The word ‘vata’ means a ’banyan tree’. In other words, this is the site under the shade of this famous banyana tree, where Krishna would secretly meet His beloved Radha and where He also applied yavaka on the soles of Radha’s lotus feet. It is also said that the gopis also used to decorate Radha’s lotus feet with yavaka under this same tree. Yavat is also mentioned in the Puranas as one of the adhivanas or sub-forests of Vrindavana where there is a sacred vata-vriksa or banyan tree. In the Bhakti-ratnakara it says. “O Shrinivasa, see here the enchanting Yao-grama known as Yavat, where many pastimes were performed. This is the residence of Abhimanyu where Radharani enjoyed playing with Her girlfriends. By the influence of Yogamaya, what to speak of touching Radharani Herself, Abhimanyu is not even able to touch Her shadow. He remains in the association of the cowherd men while Jatila and Kutila are always engaged in household work. The gopis cleverly bring Krishna here and their hearts become filled with joy as they witness the Divine Couple’s
Yavata is the ancestral village of Abhimanyu, who is the supposed husband of Radharani. After Her marriage, Radharani moved from Varsana to Yavata to live with Abhimanyu and his mother Jatila and sister Kutila. Due to Abhimanyu being dull and retarded, he did not know anything about marital relations and therefore the marriage with Radha was never consummated. Both Jatila and Kutila kept a watchful eye over Radharani due to persistent rumors She was having an affair with Her childhood sweetheart Krishna.
Regardless, Krishna regularly visited Yavata and expertly dressing Himself in various costumes and disguises; would enter the house of Abhimanyu and enjoy transcendental pastimes with Radharani and Her girlfriends. Sometimes Krishna would even disguise Himself as Abhimanyu and after entering the house; inform mother Jatila that the cunning debauchee named Krishna was planning to come there disguised as her son. As soon as the real Abhimanyu arrived at his home, he suddenly found himself being abused with foul words, beaten over the head with a stick, and driven away by his own mother, much to the satisfaction of all the gopis, who took great pleasure in seeing such amazing and incredible pastimes.
The gopis and the cowherd boys would often collaborate together in order to secretly smuggle Krishna into Jatila’s house, so they could enjoy to their hearts content the amorous exchanges between Radha and Krishna. Once, mother Yashoda was planning to send a trunkfull of expensive clothing and jewelry as a gift to Radharani. When Yashoda went to call Abhimanyu to carry the trunk to Yavat, seizing the opportunity, Krishna quickly hid inside the trunk along with the clothes and jewelry. Mother Yashoda then helped Abhimanyu place the trunk on his head and he carried it all the way to Yavata. On arriving at Yavata, mother Jatila told Abhimanyu that the trunk contained priceless gifts for the pleasure of Radharani, and told him to place the trunk in Radharani bedroom. When Radha and Her girlfriends went to the bedroom and opened the trunk, they became ecstatic to find their beloved Krishna hiding inside.
Yavat is also the birthplace of the eight principle manjaris who are the most intimate young friends of Radharani including; Rupa-manjari, Rati-manjari, Rasa-manjari, Manjulalimanjari, Guna-manjari, Vilasa-manjari, Kasturi-manjari, and Labanga-manjari. These manjaris are differentiated from the sakhis, as they are all kaumaris, or pre-pubescent young girls, and can therefore enter the nikunja where Radha and Krishna are engaged in conjugal love and serve Them unhindered, and without being aroused or agitated to enjoy personally with Krishna. This creates an uninhibited atmosphere for the ‘divine couple’ to fully submerge themselves in one another’s love without any distraction. The special feature of the manjaris is that they have given up their own chance to enjoy intimate pastimes with Krishna, simply so they can unreservedly serve the lotus feet of Radharani and help Her to fully satisfy Her own desires to satisfy Krishna. Therefore, the manjaris are considered to be more spiritually advanced than even the sakhis.