This village, Gānṭhūli, is one mile from Gulāla Kuṇḍa. This is where holī took place. Śrī Kṛṣṇa and His friends were in one party, and Śrīmatī Rādhikā and Her sakhīs were in the opposite party, and there were more gopīs than there were gopas. Both the gopas and gopīs held syringes which shot out many colors, and these colors were not easily removable. All places and creatures became reddish because of the throwing of the great quantities of red powder: the sky, trees, cows, and all beings, and especially this kuṇḍa, named Gulāla Kuṇḍa after this pastime, became reddish. Everything in Vraja became reddish at that time.
In the meantime Śrīmatī Rādhikā and Śrī Kṛṣṇa sat down together. Seeing this, Śrī Lalitaji took Kṛṣṇa’s Pītāmbara (yellow cloth) and Śrīmatī Rādhārānī’s veil and tied them together in the back, so that no one would be able to see the knot. Kṛṣṇa and Rādhā were also not aware of this fact. Viśākhā then began to sing a marriage song and all the gopīs sang with her. Śrīmatī Rādhārānī and Śrī Kṛṣṇa became ashamed and wanted to run away from there, but They couldn’t do so because Their clothes were tied together. All the gopīs then began to clap. The word Gānṭhuli means “knot.”
October 22, 2003 Gānṭhuli, Govardhana