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Radha Damodhar Temple in Vrindavan

Radha Damodhar Temple in Vrindavan is unique for many reasons as it has several pairs of murtis of Radha and Krishna. Srila Prabhupadaji translated the entire Srimad Bhagavad Purana here. There is also a Govardhan Shila here with footprints of Bhagvan Sri Krishna. The temple is located near the Seva Kunj and Loi Bazar in Vrindavan.

The main murti worshipped in the temple was carved by Rupa Goswami. He had given it to his disciple Jiva Goswami who built the temple in 1542. Goswamis who lived in the region used to meet and discuss the life of Sri Krishna and Radha here.

When Srila Prabhupada lived in Vrindavan he had made the temple his temporary residence. A small room used by Prabhupadaji can still be found here.

The temple has a huge courtyard. The cream colored main temple is noted for its arches and paintings. There is a huge bell in the right side of the sanctum sanctorum.

The sanctum sanctorum has different set of murtis of Radha and Krishna which were worshipped by different Goswamis from the 15th century:

Sri Radha Vridavan Chadraji – was worshipped by Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami.

Lalitha Sakhi Sri Radha Damodarji murtis worshipped by Jiva Goswami.

Sri Radha Madhavji murtis worshipped by Jaidev Goswami.

Sri Radha Chail Chikanji murtis worshipped by Bhugarbha Goswami.

In front of the murtis is the Govardhan Shila also known as Girirajcharn Shila – it has the footprints of Sri Krishna and was worshipped by Sanatana Goswami. The shila also has imprints of a calf, flute and a stick used to control cows.

Apart from this the temple complex also has samadhis of several Goswamis. There are also many bhajans kutirs in the complex. Bhajan kutir of Rupa Goswami, Jiva Goswami and Srila Prabhupada can be seen here.