Six Goswami Temples

Sri Radha Madan Mohan Mandir

Sri Radha Madan Mohan temple in Vrindavan is 5000 years old. People formerly believed that Lord Krishna’s great-grandson, Vajranabh built the temple. When Srila Advaita Acharya visited Vrindavan, he spotted the Madan Mohan deity at the root of an ancient banyan tree. He transferred the devotion of Sri Radha Madana Mohan to his student, Purusottama Chaube, who eventually passed the deities to Srila Sanatana Goswami.

According to historical records, a Multan businessman named Ram das Kapoor, under the supervision of Sri Sanatana Goswami, built this temple in the 15th century. King Jai Singh secretly transferred the original deities to Jaipur overnight before Aurangzeb invaded Vrindavan. Later, King Gopal Singh relocated the deities to Karoli. Thus, the original deities are now housed at Karoli, Rajasthan’s Madan Mohan temple.

Sri Radha Govindaji Mandir

Radha Govindaji temple is one of the most impressive temples in Vrindavan. The temple is highly revered in Vrindavan, and a must-visit holy site. It is dedicated to Lord Krishna’s Govindaji form. The major attraction of Govindaji temple is its magnificent architecture. It was constructed out of red sandstone nearly 500 years ago.

Govindaji was removed from this temple and reinstalled in Jaipur when the Muslim emperor Aurangzeb destroyed part of the temple in 1670. The Govindaji deity had been shifted to Jaipur for its safe keeping and a replica of the deity is in this holy temple of Vrindavan. The original temple was a seven-storey building. But only three storeys remain, which we see today.

Govindaji temple has a spiritual atmosphere which mesmerises its visitors. It is a serene place where the Lord is believed to have performed many miracles.

Sri Radha Raman Mandir

Sri Radha Raman temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna as Radha Raman, which means Srimati Radharani’s sweetheart. It is one of the seven temples that Thakur of Vrindavan owns. Its utmost reverence comes from over lakhs of devotees around the globe, especially the Gaudiya Vaishnavism devotees.

The deity of Sri Radha Raman (one of the few original deities still left in Vrindavan) was worshiped by Srila Gopal Bhatta das Goswami. The deity manifested from one of the Goswami’s Shaligram-Shilas in 1542. Gopal Bhatta also brought Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Kaupina (cloth) and asana (seat) back from Puri. These can be seen three to four times a year. Gopal Bhatta’s Samadhi is in the temple compound. The fires for cooking in the temple kitchen have been continuously burning since the deity worship began over 435 years ago.

Sri Radha Gokulananda Mandir

Sri Radha Gokulananda temple is an ancient shrine, located at Vrindavan, in Uttar Pradesh. It is in between the Kesi Ghat and the Radha-Raman temple.

In this temple there is the small Radha-Vinoda deities of Lokanatha Gosvami, the larger deities of Vijaya Govinda of Baladeva Vidyabhusana, and the Radha Gokulananda deities of Viswanath Cakravarti. The small deity of Krishna in front of Gokulananda and the deity of Caitanya Mahaprabhu were worshiped by Narottama dasa Thakur. Viswanath Cakravarti arranged to have this temple built. Formerly, all the deities in this temple were worshiped alone, in their own temples.

Originally, Viswanath Cakravarti worshiped the deity of Gokulananda at Radha Kunda. He then moved to Vrindavana and stayed with Lokanatha Gosvami. Where this temple is located is where Lokanatha Gosvami would do his bhajana.

Sri Radha Damodar Mandir

This temple includes the deities of Sri Radha Damodara. Worshipped by Srila Jiva Goswami, the deities of Vrindavan Chandra of Krishna dasa Kaviraj Goswami, Radha Madhava of Jaydeva Goswami, and Radha Chalacikana of Bhugarbha Goswami.

One Govardhan parikrama (circumambulation) is nearly 21kms. But Srila Sanatana Goswami used to do a far bigger parikrama, roughly 32kms and continued this tradition until his old age.

Touched by his utter and complete devotion, Lord Krishna paid him a visit disguised as a boy and told him to stop doing this ‘parikrama.’ The Lord took a ‘Giriraj Shila’ and stood upon it and started playing His flute. The Shila started melting with His melodious tunes, and the Lord told Sanatana Goswami that from today onwards if you worship and go around this Shila, it is as good as completing the Govardhan parikrama.