Sri Radha Govindaji Temple

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Sri Sri Radha Govindadevji, Jaipur

Srila Rupa Gosvami has described Mathura-mandala: “I remember the Lord standing by the banks of the Yamuna River, so beautiful amid the kadamba trees, where many birds are chirping in the gardens. And these impressions are always giving me transcendental realization of beauty and bliss.” This feeling about Mathura-mandala and Vrindavana described by Rupa Gosvami can actually be felt even by non-devotees. The places in the eighty-four-square-mile district of Mathura are so beautifully situated on the banks of the River Yamuna that anyone who goes there will never want to return to this material world. These statements by Rupa Gosvami are factually realized descriptions of Mathura and Vrindavana. All these qualities prove that Mathura and Vrindavana are situated transcendentally. Otherwise, there would be no possibility of invoking our transcendental sentiments in these places. Such transcendental feelings are aroused immediately and without fail after one arrives in Mathura or Vrindavana. (Bhakti-rasamrita-sindu)

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Sri Radha-ramana Temple

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The seven temples of Vrindavana

When Rupa Gosvami and Sanatana Gosvami went to Vrindavana, there was not even a single temple, but by their preaching they were gradually able to construct various temples. Sanatana Gosvami constructed the Madana-mohana temple, and Rupa Gosvami constructed the Govindaji temple. Similarly, their nephew Jiva Gosvami constructed the Radha-Damodara temple, Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami constructed the Radha-ramana temple, Sri Lokanatha Gosvami constructed the Gokulananda temple, and Shyamananda Gosvami constructed the Shyamasundara temple. In this way, many temples were gradually constructed. For preaching, construction of temples is also necessary. The Gosvamis not only engaged in writing books but also constructed temples because both are needed for preaching work. (Chaitanya-charitamrita, Adi-lila 7.164)

Today there are around 5000 temples in Vrindavana. And among these temples, the seven temples constructed by Six Gosvamis are considered to be very important. Thousands of devotees visit these temples everyday to…

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The Samadhi of Srila Gopala Bhatta Goswami

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gopala-bhatta-goswami-samadhiSri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami was the son of Venkata Bhatta, a resident of Sri Rangam. Gopala Bhatta formerly belonged to the disciplic succession of the Ramanuja-sampradaya but later became part of the Gaudiya-sampradaya.

In the year 1433 Sakabda (A.D. 1511), when Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was touring South India, He stayed for four months during the period of Chaturmasya at the house of Venkata Bhatta, who then got the opportunity to serve the Lord to his heart’s content. Gopala Bhatta also got the opportunity to serve the Lord at this time. Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami was later initiated by his uncle, the great sannyasi Prabodhananda Sarasvati. Both the father and the mother of Gopala Bhatta Gosvami were extremely fortunate, for they dedicated their entire lives to the service of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. They allowed Gopala Bhatta Gosvami to go to Vrindavana, and they gave up their lives thinking of Sri Chaitanya…

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Sri Radha Gokulananda Temple

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The whole modern city of Vrindavana was established originally with these seven important temples, started by different Goswamis. And later on, many kings and princes started their own temples and thus the present Vrindavana is now full with small and big 5000 temples. These temples are considered as the authorized institutions of Gaudiya Vaishnavas.

Walking few minutes away on the street, from the temple of Sri Radha-ramana, one comes to the temple of Sri Gokulananda. After reaching the temple one needs to cross the courtyard (a lush green garden) and then enter the main hall in front of the altar. This temple has a very calm environment.

This temple was established by Srila Lokanatha Goswami and houses the Deities of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (on the left of the altar), Sri Sri Radha Vinoda (In the centre), Sri Sri Radha Vijaya Govinda (on the right), Sri Gokulananda (in front), and the…

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Sri Shyamsundar – Manifested from Radharani’s Heart

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The Transcendental Conversation

One day, while in his bhajan-kutir, Srila Shyamananda Pandit was deeply immersed in the thoughts of sweet and nectarean pastimes of Krishna. He felt that Krishna who is also known as Shyamsundar was dancing and singing with the beautiful damsels of Vraja in a grove. Srimati Radharani and the gopis had formed a circle around Krishna by holding each other’s hand and it appeared like the moon encircled by the stars. Some gopis were dancing and others were singing melodious songs. At the same time Srimati Radharani started dancing to give more pleasure to Krishna. During the dance, a golden anklet named Manjughosha which was studded with precious gems, slipped from the left foot of Srimati Radharani and fell in the dancing arena unnoticed. When the dance was over the divine couple went to sleep and at dawn They both left to Their respective houses.

Even Shyamananda…

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Madana Mohana Temple – The Oldest Temple in Vrindavana

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jayataṁ suratau paṅgor mama manda-mater gati
mat-sarvasva-padambhojau radha-madana-mohanau

“Glory to the all-merciful Radha and Madana-mohana! I am lame and ill advised, yet They are my directors, and Their lotus feet are everything to me.” – Sri Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami in Chaitanya-charitamrita.

In the execution of Krishna consciousness, our first business is to know Krishna and our relationship with Him. Since this relationship can be learned by worshiping the Madana-mohana vigraha, we have to first establish our relationship with Him.

The Oldest Temple in Vrindavana

Maharaja Vajranabha, the great grandson of Krishna, got three Deities of Krishna carved, under the direction of Uttara: Madana Mohana, Gopinatha and Govinda. Each Deity exactly resembled one part of Krishna’s body. The Deity of Madana Mohana resembled the body of Krishna from the waist to the feet.

Madana Mohana Temple Sri Sri Radha Madana Mohana Temple on Dwadashaditya Tila

The oldest temple in Sri Vrindavana Dham is the…

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