Project - Bhandir Van, Mant (Mathura)

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Bhandir Van, Mant (Mathura)

History of the site

This is one of the 137 sacred forests of Braj .It was here Krishna had killed the demon named Pralambhasura, who tried to kidnap some of Krishna’s friends.

It was in this Van that the marriage ceremony of Krishna with Radha was performed by Brahma as priest.
A portion of this forest was once destroyed in a forest fire before it was saved by Krishna who swallowed the fire to extinguish it.

Because of this history of the forest some concerned people have ensured that Bhandir Van is preserved. This gentleman got a pucca boundry wall errected around it. This has saved it's green cover.

This veneration ensures that these sites will be preserved as sacred geography as they have been for thousands of years.It is imperative that the locals who have managed to preserve at least a few of these forest are motivated and encouraged by instituting of proper regeneration and preservation actions.

Plight of the site

Only 7.5 acres of this once gigantic forest remains now, wherein some local priests have built their dwellings. Such important pilgrimage site is in gross neglect. Though this approach is contrary to the natural laws of a forest yet this is the only way to ensure protection and survival of these sacred forests.
There are number of trees of Vat, Peepal, Peelu, Kadamb,  Pasendu,  Khadiya, Anni and Papdi in Bhandir Van.The wild life includes peacock, crow, pigeon and other little birds of the area.

There is one small well, inside boundary wall of Bhandir Van, whose water table varies from 22 feet to 27  feet in different seasons. In addition to this there are two more wells, 10 meters from the periphery of Bhandir Van, which have completely dried up. There is also one ancient kund, which is in pathetic condition, more like a flat ground due to layers of silt deposited in it. However river Yamuna is only 2.5 Kms away, which ensures round the year replenishing of the ground water.

Proposed Developmental & Beautification Plan

We propose to do the regeneration of degraded forest. We will do this by soil enrichment and land improvement by refilling earth in the desired areas of the forest. We shall try to revive the wells and restore the kund so that they can be used for water requirements for the forest.

Braj Foundation plans to create paved  pathways, stone benches and shelters for the  tourists, some utility facilities, drip irrigation network in the forest and shilalekh depecting it’s history. We need about Rs. 40 lacs for this project.

Bhandir Van


Bhandir Van is located near Chayari village in Mant Tehsil of District Mathura. It is close to the famous Banshivat on Mant - Naujheel road. It is approximately 10 kilometers from Vrindavan. The village name Chayairi is derived from Chaya meaning shelter,

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    Hauz Khas,
    New Delhi - 110016
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