ANJANI KUND, BHULWANA (HODAL)
History

According to legend, during the Maha Raas, when Krishna disappeared, the gopis of Braj came to this place in his search.
This van is an integral part of the famous Braj chaurasi kos yatra, which camps in this forest.

According to the local tradition once mother Yashoda, with her servants, came to this forest in search of her son Krishna, who
was performing raas with gopis . He had not reached home in time that is why mother was in anxiety. Fearing her anger Krishna
immediately jumped into the nearby kund and appeared as Hanuman. Mother was happy to have darshans of Hanuman. She
worshipped him and went back. Since then the kund is known as Anjani Kund, which is another name of Hanuman.

Every Tuesday and Saturday a huge crowd of Hanuman devotees collect here at the adjoining ancient temple of Lord Hanuman.

Plight of the site
The Braj Foundation’s initiative to revive Anjani Kund and Chameli Van

In 2007 The Braj Foundation mobilized it’s resources, local administration and the community to revive and restore both the sites.
So far almost 36 water bodies like Anjani Kund, which had been neglected and forgotten, have been restored through the active
efforts of The Braj Foundation.

According to the local tradition once mother Yashoda, with her servants, came to this forest in search of her son Krishna, who was
performing raas with gopis . He had not reached home in time that is why mother was in anxiety. Fearing her anger Krishna
immediately jumped into the nearby kund and appeared as Hanuman. Mother was happy to have darshans of Hanuman. She
worshipped him and went back. Since then the kund is known as Anjani Kund, which is another name of Hanuman.

Post de-silting done by The Foundation’s Team, the water retention capacity of the kund has been augmented by more than one
hundred times. The Foundation’s technical team explored alternative sources of water to fill this kund. The same was found
in Ujjina Canal, which is close to this site.

Then this canal was connected to the kund by opening it’s channels. Now the entire water body has been filled with water.
We feel that the filling of Anjani Kund, will prove to be instrumental in restoring the ecological balance of Chameli Van forest
which is abode to a rich variety of flora and fauna. The dying Kadamba trees may also get revived.

Restoration work in progress

A portion of the small ghat (embankment) surrounding the water body has been renovated and constructed. The financial support
for this whole work came from the CMD of Mumbai based Gannon Dunkerley Group Mr Kamal Morarka, who is also the Foundoing Chairman of The Braj Foundation.

The CEO of The Braj Foundation, Mr Vineet Narain in the past had meetings with the then Tourism Secretary of the Haryana
Government, Mrs Keshni Anand. With the cooperation and support of the Tourism Ministry, this grand plan for the revival and reconstruction of Chameli van and Anjani Kund can be successfully completed. However devotees of Krishna will have to come forward to offer generous financial support since governments do not keep budgets for sentimental values.

Tourism experts and industry insiders are of the view that if being in the close vicinity of Delhi and at a strategic location on the Delhi Agra highway, this area has immense potential for Cultural Tourism if it is developed with an aesthetic vision. This is what The Braj Foundation is looking forward to do.

Splashing Water in kund after restoration



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