The stories about Vrindavan, especially Nidhivan are no longer unheard of today. While the facts of the stories are still unknown to those who question the existence of the Almighty, but these are close to the heart of those who feel Krishna every moment. Vrindavan is “Krishna’s own abode”; the place where he spent most of his childhood and did several ‘Leelas’, including the very famous Raas-Leela.
Nidhivan is basically a ‘van’ (forest) with a fascinating temple of Shree Shree Bankey Bihari Ji. The temple is surrounded by thick and bushy plants; thus it is called Nidhi (Treasure) Van (Forest or Jungle).
- All the trees here are hollow; branches are of two different colors Dark and Light Brown and are twisted downwards.
- The land in this area is pretty dry but the trees remain green throughout the year.
- It is been believed that the dark Brown branches are ‘Shree Krishna’ and light Brown are the Gopis and Radha Rani
- Every night, the trees transform into Krishna, Gopis and Radha Rani and all of them perform ‘Maha Raas Leela’ here. Several local residents have claimed to have heard the sound of ‘Bansuri’ and ‘ghungroos’ at the mid-night.
- There is a small well in the premises of Nidhivan.
Story behind the facts
During the Krishna yuga, Shree Krishna wished to perform ‘MahaRaas Leela’ at Vrindavan; Radha Rani was his obvious dancing partner, but the Gopis too wished to participate in the MahaRaas Leela,. Krishna, in order to fulfill their dream/wish split himself into several characters, dedicated each character to each Gopi. Every Gopi assumed, Krishna was dancing with her and this is how the Magnificent ‘MahaRaasleela’ was accomplished. Later in ‘KaliYuga’/’Kalyug’, the Gopis turned into light and Krishna turned into the dark brown tree at Nidhi Van. During the Leela, Radha Rani felt thirsty, Sri Krishna dug the well with his magical ‘Bansuri’ and quenched her thirst.
Nidhivan is the hub of monkeys; but in the night no humans or monkeys stay within the premises, for those who have stayed back have either died or have lost their minds.