vaikuṇṭhājjanito varā madhupurī tatrāpi rāsotsavād vṛndāraṇyamudārapāṇiramaṇāttatrāpi govardhanaḥ rādhākuṇḍmihāpi gokulapateḥ premāmṛtāplavanāt kuryādasya virājato giritaṭe sevāḿ vivekī n kaḥ
The holy place known as Mathura is spiritually superior to Vaikuntha, the transcendental world, because the Lord appeared there. Superior to Mathura-Puri is the transcendental forest of Vṛndavana because of Krsna’s rasa-lila pastimes. And superior to the forest of Vṛndavana is Govardhana Hill, for it was raised by the divine hand of Sri Krsna and was the site of His various loving pastimes. And, above all, the superexcellent Sri Radha-kunda stands supreme, for it is overflooded with the ambrosial nectarean prema of the Lord of Gokula, Sri Krsna. Where, then, is that intelligent Person who is unwilling to serve this divine Radha-kunda, which is situated at the foot of Govardhana Hill?
Although all the pastime places of the Lord are extremely wonderful and full of all virtues, yet the best of them all is Sri Radhuakund. Srila Rupa goswami has very beautifully explained this in his ninth verse of Sri Upadeshamrita, in which he is systematically going upwards in regards to the exalted positions of the various pastime places and abodes of the Lord. Although Vaikuntha is famous as the spiritual planet were Lord Narayam resides with his eternal associates, being served with great opulence, yet for those who worship the Primeval Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna in his original, most sweet form of Gopinath, the abode of mathura is much higher than all the Vaikuntha planets put together, for Sri Krishna appeared in Mathura in this material world. Yet more exalted than Mathura is the forest of Vrindavan, where Sri Krishna performed various pastimes in his childhood with his dear associates. Yet more elevated than Sri Vrindavan dham is the Govardhan mountain, famous as the best of the servant of the Lord as he provides all necessities like fruits, flowers, cool water, minerals and other such paraphernalia for the pastimes of the Lord to be most wonderful and relishable. Being lifted and held by the Lord himself for seven days, he became most blessed and respected. Sri Govardhan hill is the place where Krishna performs all sorts of amazing pastimes, both with his friends and with Srimati Radhika and the Gopis. Yet there is one place that is even more exalted than Sri Govardhan, and that is Sri Radha Kunda, dearer to Sri Krishna than his very own life and the sight of unhindered amorous pastimes of the Lord. All the gaudiya vaishnavas hold Sri Radha Kunda within their hearts with great esteem and desire to visit this holy place regularly. Some of the most fortunate devotees get the opportunity to reside at the banks of this most holy lake and engage in incessant performance of Harinaam and other limbs of Bhakti. One should therefore daily remember Sri Radhakunda and offer respectful obeisances to this super-excellent pastime place of the divine couple, which is the place where we one day aspire to go and serve Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar.