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Sanket / संकेत

This place is situated between Nand Gaon and Barsana. The first meeting of Radhika and Shri Krishna, after Their purvaraga, took place here. Radhika would then come from the house of Her in-laws in Javat and Shri Krishna would come from Nand gaon, and They would meet here. Vrinda-devi, Vira-devi and Subala Sakha would be messengers (dutis) and arrange the meeting of Priya-Priyatama through signals (sanket). This is why this place is called Sanket. Sometimes, Radhika would come here to meet with Krishna, and sometimes Krishna would come here to meet with Radhika.

In Govind-Lilamirta and Krishna-Bhavanamirta, Shri Krishnadas Kaviraja and Shri Vishvanath Chakravarti Thakur respectively, describe Radha and Krishna's meetings and pastimes here at midnight (naisa) and pre-dawn (nisanta). These descriptions are full of rasa. By Yogmaya's desire, the principal messengers, Vira-devi and Vrinda-devi, arrange the meeting of the Divine Couple Shri Radha-Krishna. Vrinda-devi makes very sweet arrangements to awaken the Divine Couple at the end of the night, just before dawn breaks. The male parrot and the female parrot awaken Them with enchanting words. The black cuckoo helps to wake Them up with his sweet kuhu-kuhu, and the peacock and peahen with their ke-ka. Lalita, Vishakha and the other sakhis offer arati to the Divine Couple. When Kakkhati, the old she-monkey, calls out "Jatila", Shri Raffia and Shri Krishna become embarrassed and make Their separate ways to Their respective residences, where They fall asleep.

Delightful places worth visiting here are the temple of Sanket-bihariji, a ras-mandal and the place of a swing. The bhajan-kuti of Shri Gopal Bhatt Goswami stands in front of the ras-mandal, to its east. Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu rested here while travelling through the twelve forests of Braj. Just near the Ras Mandal is the temple of Sanket-devi (Shri Vira-devi); and nearby are Vihvaladevi, Vihval-kund, Ranga-mahala and Sayya Mandir. Krishnakund lies to the west of the village. On the bank of Krishna-kund is a sitting-place of Shri Vallabhacharya.

Some people continue their pilgrimage of Braj-mandal by travelling from Sanket to Nand gaon. Others visit and perform parikrama of the following pastime places before continuing on to Nand gaon: Rithaur, Bhandokhor, Meheran, Satoya, Pai, Tiloyar, Shringarvat, Bichhor, Andhop, Sond, Banchari, Hodal, Kunjarvan, Daigaon, Lalpur, Haroyan, Sanchuli, Gendo and so forth.