(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2 June 2012, Srimad Bhagavatam 5.13.5)

The story of how prema sarovar came into being. The story basically describes how the divine couple, Radha and Krsna, were meeting in Vrndavan, at the side of Govardhan, and at that time a big bumble bee came. That big bumble bee started to buzz around the divine couple. Radharani, with her veil, tried to sort of send him away but it didn’t work, so Madhumangal personally took action and with a stick he went into a full attack mode and the bumble bee finally retreated. Madhumangal chased him into the forest and when he got back, he said: ‘I got rid of that Madhu!’

Madhu means bee but it also means Krsna. So when Radharani heard, ‘I got rid of that Madhu,’ she thought that he got rid of Krsna. She started crying and due to the tears in her eyes she couldn’t see Krsna. When Krsna saw this, that she was so touched and that just by hearing that, ’I chased away Madhu,’ she started crying, then Krsna also started crying. The water from those tears created prema sarovar and we can take bath in there.

The bumble bee meanwhile was a devotee and was the king of the bees and he had actually circumambulated Radha and Krsna, particularly around the face to get a closer darshan. When Madhumangal chased him away, that bumble bee went back to all the bees. All the bees were in ecstasy to hear from that bumble bee what he had seen and he described in detail. And yes, why not? All the bees are devotees of Krsna and why wouldn’t they be devotees of Krsna? After all Krsna has a blackish body like they do, and He wears a yellow dhoti like they do, and He is into music as well, just as they are. Therefore they are convinced that Krsna is the bee God!

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