Friday, July 03, 2009

Kancan Kund / Kankan Kund - Radharani's golden pool where she began digging with her bracelet

I have been looking for more information about Kancan Kund /Kankan Kund /Kankana Kund I am not sure what the correct spelling is. Both are kind of appropriate.

Kancan is the Sanskrit word for Gold,

And Radharani is always said to be so golden, so that seems appropriate.
She has a golden complexion (kancanabha), Her limbs are golden (hema-gatri), and She wears golden armlets (kancanangada-dharini). [From the Narada Pancharata translated by Bhaktivinoda Thakura]

Also a kankan is a love bracelet, kankana are bangles. So as Kancan/Kankan kund is said to be the original place where Radharani began to dig Radha Kund with one of her bracelets, that could also be the correct spelling. I am not sure.

Also Raghunatha Dasa Goswami speaks of Kancanlata Sakhi in Mukta Charita, so maybe it is named after her.

I would be interested to know.

This is Kancan Kund / Kankan Kund in 1940s's

This is a picture of Kancan Kund / Kankan Kund / Kancanakunda in 1986 when Radha Kund was emptied, as it is every twenty years or so...

And this is Kancan Kund / Kankan Kund / Kancanakunda in 2009. The steps constructed by Raghunatha dasa Goswami are visible as well when the water is emptied.

Raghunatha Dasa Goswami's Steps

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu ( Gauranga) rediscovered Radha Kund and Syama Kund as they had remained hidden for many years. When he found them they were quite small, in paddy fields. Then Raghunatha Dasa Goswami enlarged Radha Kund and added steps in the year 1545 as he envisaged many pilgrims coming to visit.

It was during Raghunatha's excavation work that Kancana kunda was found, as well as the Deities of Radha and Krishna that were found in the mud and installed at the temple known as the Purana Radha Krishna Mandira.

In 1591, the king of Jaipur, Raja Mansingh came to Radha-kunda and constructed more steps above the one’s built by Raghunatha dasa. In 1817 Lal Babu constructed even more stone steps around the kundas.

So in the pictures above you can also see the steps that were originally constructed by Raghunatha dasa Goswami that usually are below the water level.

Kankan Kund / Kancan Kund manifests as a well that is known to be 50ft deep

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