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Radharani Braja Yatra, Day 7: Dudoli, Punhana, Sringar, Tilakavana

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The previous name of Dudoli or Dundoli was Dungal, which means hillock, a small hill. According to the residents of this village there were many hillocks in this area in an earlier time. In Surdas’s compositions also it is described that there were many hills there where the Lord performed many pastimes with his cowherd friends.

While controlling the cows during grazing in this village, he used to hide himself behind the hillocks when some gopis came searching for him. This pastime has been written by Surdas. These hillocks are called duṅgal, from which was derived the name Dundoli.


Then we come to Punhana. The name in the scriptures for this place is puṇyavana. Puṇya means virtue and vana means forest. The demigods from heaven came here to this very forest and praised the residents of Braja, “Oh how blessed they are, being part of the pastimes of the Lord all the time, they are so blessed and so full of virtue.” This praise of the virtue and puṇya of the residents of Braja has renamed this place as Punyavana.

Another reason for the name Punhara is that according to the local saints. Punhana comes from, puna…hānā. Puna means ‘again’ and ānā means ‘come’ …”Please come again.’ This is what the locals said to Shri Krishna when he was leaving Braja; therefore the name Punhana has come.


The adjacent village is called Tilakavana. Its present name is Tilwaro. Here a heavenly dancer, an Apsara named Meghavati, came and planted a tilaka tree. This grew into a forest of tilaka trees and this place was named Tilakavana, which then changed to Tilwaro, and presently in Tilakavana there is a body of water called Meghavati Kund in memory of that heavenly dancer.

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