On the fifth day of Chaitra Navaratri, we take you for darshan of ‘Maa Chamunda Devi’, another of the important and historical Devi temples of Braj. The temple falls on the Jugal Jodi Parikrama Marg in Vrindavan. One famous story related to this temple is also told about Katyayani temple:
According to legend, when Shri Roop and Sanatan Goswami came to Braj about 500 years ago, they wanted to find the places of Shri Krishna’s pastimes (lila) that had been lost over time, according to the order of their Guru, Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. But they didn’t know where to begin; they were not even sure where Vrindavan was.
The Divine Mother appeared to them in the form of a lali (a young Brajwasi girl) and told them that the land embraced on three sides by the Yamuna is indeed Vrindavan, thereby giving them the direction and inspiration to move forward with their mission.
The connection of the Divine Mother with Shri Krishna and his lila is a deep one, and this article merely skims the surface. But, we hope that, by her blessings, you may relish deeper and deeper realization of this sacred land of Vrindavan.