There is a town called Maholi in Madhuvan, four or five miles southwest of Mathura, where Shatrughnaji had built Madhupuri by breaking down the Madhudaitya fort, which later came to be called Mathura. Today there is such a gap between this and Mathura, this distance may have come here, before Mathura has spread there. Next to Maholi is Talwan or Tarsigam, where Balaramji killed Dhenukasur. Next to him is Kumudavan or Satohgaon, there is Shantanukund and the temples of Shantanu and Baldevji. People who want to have children come to bathe in Shantanukund.
In front of Satohe is Bahulawan in Wadhigam, there is a Krishna Kund and a Bahlagai temple. Next to him is Toshajarivan or Mukharaigam. Tosh was a friend of God, this town is named after him. Next to him are Radhakunda and Krishnakunda. When Lord Krishna killed Arishtasur, the gopis told the Lord that he had started killing the bull, so he should be pure by staying on a pilgrimage.
On this, Shri Radha and Shri Krishna dug the earth with their hands and drew water and thus they became two pools, then the Lord bathed in Radhakund. The place where Arishtasur was killed became Arishtagam, which is now called Ading.
Madhuvan was a forest located near Madhupuri or Mathura, whose lord was a demon named Madhu. Madhu’s son, Lavanasura, was conquered by the son of King Dasaratha of Ayodhya and Shatrughna, brother of Sri Rama. Located about three and a half miles southwest of Mathura, this village is situated at the Madhupuri place mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana.
Madhupuri was built by a giant named Madhu. His son Lavanasura was defeated and killed by Shatrughan in battle and founded the new city of Mathura in place of Madhupuri. The village of Maholi is now called Madhuvan-Maholi. Maholi is the Apabhramsa of Madhupuri himself. An idol of Gautama Buddha was found in this town about 100 years ago. In this work of art, the Lord is shown in the supreme state. This is the mark of his condition at that time, after six years of rigorous penance at Bodh Gaya, only the sharpanjan of his body remained.
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Madhuvan – Reference in Sacred Texts
There are many references related to Madhuvan
The mention of this forest is as follows in Valmiki Ramayana–
‘तमुवाच सहस्त्राक्षो लवणो नाम राक्षस: मधुपुत्रो मधुवने न तेऽज्ञां कुरुतेऽनघ’
Vishnu Purana also describes this forest on the banks of the Yamuna–
‘मधुसंज्ञ महापुण्यं जगाम यमुनातटम्, पुनश्च मधुसंज्ञेन दैत्यानाधिष्ठितं यत:,
ततो मधुवनं नाम्ना ख्यातमत्र महीतले'
It is reported from Vishnu Purana that Shatrughan had established a new city in place of Madhuvan-
‘हत्वा च लवणं रक्षो मधुपुत्रं महाबलम्, शत्रुघ्नो मधुरां नाम पुरींयत्र चकार वै'
According to Harivansh Purana, this forest was cut down by Shatrughan-
‘छित्वा वनं तत् सौमित्रि….
According to legend, Dhruva did penance in this forest.
In ancient Sanskrit literature, Madhuvan has been described as the playground of Krishna’s many fun pastimes. It was a forest near Gokul or Vrindavan. Today there is a town called Maholi Madhuvan, three and a half miles from Mathura. It is one of the famous twelve Braj forests. Located about three and a half miles southwest of Mathura, this village is situated at the Madhupuri place mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana. Madhupuri was built by a giant named Madhu.
His son Lavanasura was defeated and killed by Shatrughan in battle and instead of Madhupuri, he established a new city Mathura or Mathura. The village of Maholi is now called Madhuvan-Maholi. Maholi is the Apabhramsa of Madhupuri. An idol of Gautama Buddha was found in this town about 100 years ago. In this work of art, the Lord is shown in the supreme state.
This is the mark of his condition at that time, after six years of rigorous penance at Bodhi Gaya, only the sharpanajan of his body remained. In traditional legend, Mathura and his Madhuvan were located in this place. There is a place called Lavanasura cave, which is believed to be the abode of Madhu’s son, Lavanasura.
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Answer from Valmiki Ramayana 0 67.13
Q. Is there proper water supply in Madhuban Township?
A. Absolutely Madhuvan is the cultural hub of Hinduism and there are tons of hotels out there and lakhs of houses which have water supplies on the regular basis by the municipal corporation of Madhuvan.
Q.2 Pune to Madhuban flight?
A. There is no availability for direct filght for pune to madhuban but you can reach via jaipur to madhuvan by flight. You can pick several airlines options for the same.
Q. Who wrote Madhuban Hindi book?
Ans : As per sources available online there are several Authors who have contributed in Book writing.
Q.4 Which month is also called Madhuban month?
Ans : March
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