The 10th Canto of Shrimad Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana) describes the pastimes of Lord Krishna in detail. The pastimes of Lord Krishna are also summarized in KṚṢṆA, The Supreme Personality of Godhead by Prabhupada.

My question centers around the following two pastimes of the Lord:

  1. Subduing of Kaliya
  2. Indra's wrath on Vrindavan

Krishna was born in Mathura in the prison house of Kamsa. Vasudev immediately after the birth of Krishna took Him to Gokul.

Due to the atrocities of Kamsa; the inhabitants of Gokul left for Vrindavan and Krishna stayed there in a place which is today called Nandagram.

So regardless of where Krishna stayed during pastime with Kaliya or Indra (He was mostly in NanagGram according to me):

  • Nandagram to Vrindavan distance: approx 45km.
  • Nandagram to Govardhan: approx 29km.

So when Krishna was caught by Kaliya; Yashoda and all others came running to a place which is today called Kaliya ghat and is approx 45km from Nandagram.

A similar thing happened during Govardhan Lila of the lord; Govardhan is approx 29 km from Nandagram.

How did they travel so swiftly to such a far distance?

Considering that Krishna incarnated approximately 5000 years ago; I don't think they would have had very huge bodies or bodily abilities in comparison to us.

Is today's Vrindavan, the one in the Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh, the same which is mentioned in Bhagavatam?

  • The more parsimonious explanation might be that Nandgaon is the place that isn't authentic. At least my experience of Nandgaon is that it was a place filled with con artists, but then again that's just the nature of the Kali Yuga. Commented Oct 13, 2017 at 8:00
  • Or maybe these areas were wider in those times than current time.
    – user6981
    Commented Jan 5, 2019 at 16:11
  • @KeshavSrinivasan I think the arial distance is less..Vasudevji went Gokula and came back to Krishn Janmbhumi i.e. 12*2=24 km on foot that too in night 12 and in worse weather conditions...walking 24 kms in night and worse weather in 3-4 hrs is a difficult task, so i think distance was less..places might be same but current ways r not the same..
    – YDS
    Commented Aug 7, 2019 at 18:05
  • Krishna would arrange for His associates in Vrindavan to go from one place to the other by His yoga-maya and they didn't always had to walk and cover long distances like ordinary an human would have to. I do not have the scriptural proof handy but have heard about it from a Vaishnava Acharya on a similar topic.
    – user34325
    Commented Jun 1 at 21:32


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