You guessed it, Bhim kund has been named after the third of the Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic Mahabharata. It is believed that the Pandavas came to Khajuraho at Bhim Kund while in exile with their wife Draupadi.

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Bhim-Kund in Khajuraho

¤ The Legendary Tale Associated

in India for details.) Tired and weary under the hot scorching sun, Draupadi fainted of thirst. Bhim, the strongest of the five brothers, hit the ground with his gada (a kind of club with a round head, made of metal) and lo and behold, water surged out and the pool came into being.

The kund lies in an underground cave and is about 30m from the mouth. To the left of the entrance is a small Shivalinga (the phallic representation of Lord Shiva) But what’s truly astounding here is that the roof of the cave has a small opening just above the kund as this is the spot Bhim is said to have hit with his gada. The depth of this pool is believed to be measureless.

The pool is a lovely indigo blue which contrasts well with the red stone walls. There are some caves around it but no one has been adventurous enough to find out where they lead. There is something mysterious and exciting about this place, so much so that one almost tends to believe the pool’s epic origin.

¤ Another Legend Associated To Kund

Another legend has it that Narad Muni (the Sage Narad) performed the Gandharva Gayan (celestial song) in praise of Lord Vishnu (the second of the Hindu trinity of Creator-Preserver-Destroyer). Pleased with his devotion, Vishnu emerged from the kund and the water turned blue because of Vishnu’s dark complexion. No wonder then that the pool is also known as Neel Kund (Blue pool) and Narad Kund (after the sage).

¤ Gurukul - Residential School

A stone’s throw from the kund is a gurukul (the Hindu equivalent of a residential school where students live with the guru and his family till the age of 25) called Shrinarayan Sanskrit Vidyalaya with a strength of 80 students.
After finishing their studies they migrate to Vrindavan (in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh) for further studies. Surprisingly the students are provided with a dish antennae but their TV viewing is restricted to religious serials and programmes alone. Even the students themselves are not tempted to watch other programs as they feel that it would ruin their concentration.

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