Vrindavan Forest

Vrindavan Forest

Vrindavan-forest

Mainly due to its history as well as its simply serene and transcendental ambience, Vrindavan Forest is one of the most fascinating spots of Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Mandir. The area was originally a garbage dumping site, where neighbours would fill the ground with nasty trash that was both appalling and foul smelling. It was the vision of HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj who wanted the land to be changed into a beautiful scenic venue, filled with auspicious trees and plants. Vrindavan Forest today has varieties of auspicious trees such as the kadamba and others. Narahari das brahmacari who is a resident devotee and qualified orthopaedic surgeon worked with plaster of paris to make wonderful dioramas of temples and deities resembling those in Vrindavan. The temple of Radha Govinda, deities of the six Goswamis, Vrindadevi, Krishna and Balarama, Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and a waterfall from the groves of Govardhana Hill are among the wonderful dioramas that add to the humour of the Vrindavan Forest. Two small ponds that represent the well-known Radha Kunda and Shyama Kunda of Vrindavan are also to be found in the forest.

The centre of the forest houses a seating area where devotees may sit and chant in a peaceful environment. The entire forest structure is made of wood and bamboo which only adds to the forest feeling. It is definitely unique to find such a lovely garden forest in the middle of downtown Mumbai! Flowers of various kinds from this forest are offered daily to Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Gopinath, one may notice them adorning His turban, arms, feet and dress. The forest remains open year round for visits except during the rainy season.