Radha Raman Temple is one of the ancient and most visited temple of Shri Krishna at Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Shri Radha Raman Temple in Vrindavan
Shri Radha Raman Temple in Vrindavan – Source: Sahil Gupta from Google Maps

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Introduction

Shri Krishna is omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient. Even, the Bhagavad Gita teaches us the value and glory of this immortal God of Hinduism. How can we miss cherishing his childhood memories in Vrindavan at various ancient temples of Thakurji?

Do you know who Thakurji is? Thakurji is the name given to Lord Krishna in Braj. ‘Thakur’ is the Hindi word referring to a person who is the head or owner of a village, and ‘ji’ is an epithet in Hindi used to show respect. Additionally, Lord Krishna is Thakurji, the ruler or boss of the whole braj and universe.

Introduction to Shri Radha Raman Temple

Shri Radha Raman Temple is located at bustling streets of Vrindavan thronged with devotees across the country and worldwide. Apparently, this temple is one of the ancient temple of Thakurji. However, this temple signifies and worship the Idol of Hindu God Shri Krishna as Radha Raman. Raman means lover and here, thakuriji is lover of Shri Radha.

History of Radha Raman Temple

Further, Shri Radha Raman Temple was built around 1542. The exquisite temple is situated close to Nidhivan. In addition to, it is one of the seven major temples of thakurji of Vrindavan including Shri Radha Damodarji, Shri Radha Vallabhji, Shri Radha Madanmohanji, Shri Radha Govindji, Shri Radha Shyamsundarji and Shri Radha Gokulnandan dev ji temple.

Story of Shri Radha Raman Temple

As per ancient scriptures, after the heavenly departure of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, one of his chief disciple Gopala Bhatta Goswami was devastated. Apparently, to counter his sadness, he wanted to be in solace, Gopala Bhatt Goswami visited Nepal. During his stay in Nepal, while taking bath in famous river Kali-gandhaik, he got 12 shaligram in his anjuli (posture of both hands to collect water) while giving arghya to Suryadev(Lord Sun). Consequently, he got all his 12 shaligrams back to Vrindavan and started worshiping them. Each day, he used to worship them and at the evening, used to keep them at floor and cover them with an inverted jute basket.

Eventually, many days passed on. Once a businessman offered poshak (dress of Shri Krishna) to all the Thakurjis and idols of Shri Krishna of Vrindavan. Likewise, he gave one to Goswamiji also. On this, he said “mere thakurji gol he” (my lord is round in shape). Hence, he kept the dress silently and kept it near one of the Shaligram and cover it with basket. Next morning, when he uncover the basket he was amazed.

Surprisingly, the Shaligram turned into thakurji wearing same poshak. Nevertheless, it was a miracle of the dress and made an apperance of Shri Radha Raman Thakurji.

Highlights of Shri Radha Raman Temple

India is a land of miracles and majestic gods. Similarly, Thakurji has been there for ages. One should not miss the highlights of the temple :

a) During King Aurangzeb (Mughal Emperor) rule, he decided to demolish all the hindu temples out of anger and frustration. Devotees and preists decided to take all the idols to Pink City, Jaipur. Thus, in this process of transferring all the idols to Jaipur, this idol of Shri Radha Raman ji was kept safely here at the vicinity of the temple.

b) Do you know this idol is swayambhu (self manifested). As per great scholars, there is no joint in the idol at the folds of leg joints, hand joints etc as studied and evaluated by scientists.

c) Moreover, the idol is worshipped in childform, thus Krishna Janamashtami is celebrated in morning rather in the night.

d) Do you know there is fire burning since 475 years. It was lit by mantra chanting by Gopal Bhata swamiji. Infact, there is a social place on the vicinity of temple called smaadhi sthal, where swamiji took samadhi.

e) Furthermore, the temple holds great celebritions on Prakatyotsava (appearance day)of the idol. Moreover, it is celebrated on Purnima of Vaisakha mas of Hindu Panchang.

f) As per belief, many a times devotees and priests had divine darshana of Shri Radha Raman with a astonishing smile. Apparently, he smiled with teeth.

Source — Krishna Devotee’s from Google Maps

How to Reach

A devotee can reach Shri Radha Raman Temple easily by all the three routes via

  • By air: Firstly, nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, very well connected to expressway and national highways.
  • By train: Secondly, Mathura Junction Railway Station is the most active and nearby station to the temple connected to the all major cities across India.
  • By road: Lastly, there are numerous cab operators proving short road trips to the temple at reasonable cost. One can also drive in with his personal vehicle easily.

Timings of Radha Raman Temple

Devotees can have the divine Darshana of their beloved deity at the following time schedule :

Morning Timings — 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Morning Aarti — 4:00 AM (summers) and 5:30 AM (winters)

Evening Timings — 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Evening Aarti — 6:00 PM

Conclusion

At the end, Shri Radha Raman Temple encompasses the eternal love and devotion shared between Lord Krishna and Shri Radha. Not only this, it is a revered deity in Hinduism, but also symbolizes the boundless affection and spiritual connection between devotees and the divine. Thus, with every prayer, bhajan, hailing sounds, chants of Radha naam offered in reverence, the devotees’ hearts are filled with the divine grace of Shri Radha Raman ji, guiding them along the path of devotion and enlightenment.

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