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Radha Gopinath Temple in Vrindavan

Radha Gopinath Temple in Vrindavan is dedicated to Bhagvan Sri Krishna and the murti worshipped here is known as Gopinathji. It is believed that Vajranabha, the great grandson of Sri Krishna installed the murti. The original and old temple was partially destroyed by Aurangazeb. The present new temple is located near the old temple.

The red colored sandstone building has an outer and inner courtyard. The outer courtyard has a black and white marble tiled floor. A huge painting of the Ras Lila of Sri Krishna can be seen on one of the walls.

There are five murtis in the Sanctum Sanctorum. In the center is the murti of Sri Krishna holding a flute and is worshipped as Gopinathji.

Murtis of two of Radha’s friends, Lalitha and Vishaka, are found in front of the murti of Gopinathji. Behind is found the murti of Radha and her sister Ananga Manjari.

Legend has it that Ananga Manjari was reborn as Jahnava Devi and she married Nityananda. She used to perform prayers daily at the temple. Moved by her devotion it is said that Gopinathji came out of the altar and took her away into the altar.

The original murtis worshipped in this temple were shifted to Jaipur during the attack of Aurangazeb.