Shri Radha Govind Dev Ji temple is a set example of purity, devotion and amazing architecture located at Vrindavan, India.

Radha Govind Dev Ji Temple, Vrindavan
Radha Govind Dev Ji Temple, Vrindavan, Source: Anshuman Pandey from Google Maps

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Introduction

Vrindavan is the arena of sacred temples, purity and blissful environment of chanting Radha naam. Shri Radha Govind Dev Ji temple is nestled in the heart of Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India. Also, this Shri Radha Govind Dev Ji temple stands as a testament to the rich cultural and spiritual heritage of Vrindavan.

Significance of Shri Radha Govind Dev Ji Temple

Moreover, Shri Radha Govind Dev Ji temple holds profound significance for devotees. Although, Shri Radha Govind Dev Ji Temple is not just a place of worship but a living symbol of faith and tradition. Infact, the magnificent architecture of temple surprises and connects us with the divine feelings and emotions of our ancestors towards supreme God. As we step into the temple premises, there is a spellbounding sound of bells, sounds of Radha naam and bhajans, alongwith melodious structure of temple creating an atmosphere of deep reverence and devotion.

History of Shri Radha Govind Dev Ji Temple

Further, Shri Radha Govind Dev Ji temple was constructed in 1590 by King Maan Singh of Amer. Initially, it was seven storeyed building. Later, during the reign of Aurangzeb, it was plundered in 1670 and now only a three storied structure remains.

Apparently, the main idol is popularly called Bajrakrit. As the image of Shri Govind Dev Ji was created by Bajranabh, the great-grandson of Hindu god Shri Krishna. Around 5,000 years ago when Bajranabh was a 13 years old boy, asked his grand mother (daughter-in-law of Lord Krishna) as to how Shri Krishna looked like.

As described by his gramdmother, Bajranabh made three images. In first image made by Bajranabh, the feet show the resemblance with the Shri Krishna’s feet. Similarly, in the second image, chest area resembled Shri Krishna’s chest. And, in third image, the face showed complete resemblance with Shri Krishna’s face.

However, all the three images are revered by different names in Vrindavan at different places of worship. The first one image is popularly known as Shri Madan Mohan ji, installed at Shri Radha Madan Mohan ji temple , Vrindavan.Secondly, second image made by Bajranabh is known as Shri Gopinath ji, placed at Shri Radha Gopinath ji temple, Vrindavan. Lastly, the third image by him is popular with the name of Shri Govind Dev Ji, placed at Shri Radha Govind Dev ji temple, Vrindavan.

Thus,with the passing of ages, these divine idol were also lost. Some 500 years ago, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had a great role in reviving these temples and idols.

Moreover, Shri Rupa Goswami, disciple of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu excavated the divine icon of Govinda popularly called Shri Radha Govind Devji. As during the reign of Aurangzeb, these divine idols were destroyed and buried. The original idol was moved to Jaipur, there is a replica of the idol placed at this temple.

Architectural Elements

Certainly, Shri Radha Govind Dev temple ji in Vrindavan was built in red stone, donated by Mughal emperor Akbar. It was an astonishing 7 storey structure but a major portion was demolished by Aurangzeb. Infact, the architecture has influence of rajput and mughal craftsmanship.

Subsequently, this temple boasts an impressive altar made of marble and silver. Additionally, the main hall’s ceiling is adorned with a sculptured lotus, weighing several tonnes.

Source — Krishna Devotee’s from Google Maps

Timings of Shri Radha Govind Dev Ji Temple

Particularly, at this Shri Radha Govind Dev Ji temple, Aarti and Bhog are offered to the deity seven times a day. Furthermore, thousands of devotees visit the temple daily for divine darshana.

The timings are as follow :

Morning —  4:30 AM to 12:30 AM

Evening —  5:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

Timings of Aarti are as follows:

Mangla Aarti: 4:30 AM to 5:45 AM

Shringaar Aarti: 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM

Raj Bhog Aarti: 11:45 AM to 12:15 PM

Gwala Aarti: 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Dhup Aarti: 8:15 PM

Sandhya Aarti: 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM

Shayan Aarti: 8:15 PM to 9 :15 PM

How to Reach

Besides, this temple is easily accessible from all the three modes of transport.

a) One can easily come to this temple via road through National highway-2 and Yamuna Express Way Highway. Local tour operators provide pre and post paid taxis.

b) Devotees can also prefer the air route. Nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport at New Delhi, connected via highways roads.

c) Likewise, nearest railway station is Mathura Junction Railway Station, connected to all the major cities.

Conclusion

At the end, I would like to recommend my readers to visit Shri Radha Govind Dev ji temple during Holi to enjoy and experience the gala. Infact, Hinduism imparts us the value of faith and devotion with sincerity and righteousness. Life is purposeless if not pursued with a goal. My ultimate goal is to spread the message of love and Dharma to all seekers and followers of Hindu religion scattered all over the world.

Wish you a happy time ahead. Keep growing with us.

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