Just a few mtrs. ahead of Raman Reti and Nand Bhavan (next diary entry), along the banks of the river Yamuna is another sacred spot - the Brahmand Ghat. This is the spot where an infant Lord Krishna had shown the entire universe or Brahmand in his mouth to His mother Yashoda. That is how the place came to be known as the Brahmand Ghat.
The Board explains why 'Brahmand Ghat' is so called
It so happened that one day while playing with His friends, Lord Krishna swallowed some particles of mud. When mother Yashoda came to know about this act, she rushed to this very spot and worriedly asked Him to open His mouth so that she could remove all the mud from the mouth of her darling child. Krishna opened His mouth wide. She stared in utter disbelief and amazement at what she saw - she could see everything, the sun, the moon, the planets, the movement of the celestial orbs, the entire galaxy - everything, the entire world was contained within the small confines of his Krishna's mouth. This sight that Yashoda saw is what has kept this place alive even today and helped it gain significance in the list of places-to-visit in Mathura.
Yamuna River, Brahmand Ghat
In resonance with this story, the mud of this place - Braj ki Raj, is considered very auspicious and pilgrims take it along with them back home for good luck and well being. Packets of small mud balls are also sold, a smear of which it is believed can cure even the most fatal diseases.
A board displays the importance of the 'Braj Ki Raj'
Braj Ki Raj - the divine mud on sale
There is a small temple built in commemoration to this event in history on the banks of the Brahmand Ghat with the Yamuna River flowing below.
Temple housing various deities
Pilgrims also offer prayers, women especially praying for their long lives of their husbands, to a wish fulfilling sacred peepal tree in the surroundings.
The sacred peepal tree
A cow shed is maintained in the premises too.
Cow-Shed in the premises