Mana means "mind" and Ganga is another name for the Ganges
River. Manasi Ganga Kunda is traditionally the starting and ending
point of the circumambulation of Govardhana Hill. In the Mathura-mahatmya
it is recommended that one bathe in Manasi Ganga and then take
darshan of Hrideva before beginning here. This kunda is considered
a million times more potent than the Ganges River, because by
bathing in the Ganges River one gets liberation and by bathing
here one gets "Krishna prema," love of Krishna.
It is a good-size lake located in the town of Govardhana. It is
in the center of Govardhana Hill. Manasi Ganga used to be a very
large lake, but as Govardhana Hill is getting smaller, Manasi
Ganga is also getting smaller in the same proportion.
How To Get Here: Manasi Ganga is on the right, just as
one enter the town of Govardhana. Even though it is a large kunda
there are buildings blocking it, so one can barely see it from
the road. Everyone knows where this place is located.
After Krishna killed Vatsasura, who was a demon and who took
the form of a calf, His friends told Him He had to go bathe in
the Ganges for purification. Not wanting to travel all the way
to the Ganges, Krishna by His meditation brought the Ganges to
Once Nanda and Yasoda, hearing of the glories of the Ganges River,
had a desire to bathe in it. The residents of Braja did not want
to leave Vrindavana, though Krishna was willing to take them there
despite the great distance. They wishfully said, "I wish mother
Ganga would come here." To fulfill the desires of His devotees,
Krishna entered into meditation and from His mind sprung the kunda
known as Manasi Ganga. Krishna told His father that it was not
necessary to go to the Ganges, as it was already present in Braja.
Krishna then brought His father to Manasi Ganga and they took
bath there. It is also said that Radharani and Krishna would go
boating on this lake.
Radharani and the gopis came to the bank of Manasi Ganga
and wanted to take a boat across. Manasi Ganga used to be a large
lake, but has gotten much smaller over the years. They were carrying
their yogurt pots and other milk preparations. Krishna who was
disguised as a boatman told them He would take them across. They
then bargained for a while over the price. They then settled that
the price would be some sweets and butter.
He rowed for a while and then just stopped. Radharani and the
gopis asked Him why he had stopped. He told then that He was tired
and hungry and He could not go any further, if they did not feed
Him. They then offered Him their milk products. He ate everything.
He then told them that he would take a nap and that they should
massage His arms and legs. They told Him if He did not keep rowing
they would throw Him overboard. He then started rowing again.
He then stopped again and the gopis asked Him why He had stopped.
He told them that the boat was old and that water was coming in,
because the weight they were carrying was too heavy. The gopies
then threw overboard their yogurt pots and their jewelry. Then
a storm came. The wind began to blow and the waves became upset.
Krishna started rocking the boat. Radharani became frightened
and put Her arms around the boatman. At this time She realized
that the boatman was Krishna. The wind and waves then became calm.
Radharani then pulled Krishna's flute from under His clothing,
and the gopis could understand that the boatman was Krishna in
This pastime is called noka-vihar and is described in Gopala Campu
by Jiva Gosvami.