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Radha Raman Temple at Vrindavan

Radha Raman Temple at Vrindavan is dedicated to Bhagvan Sri Krishna and is one of the rare temples in Vrindavan which has original murtis or idols worshipped in the sanctum sanctorum. Most other temples have replicas as they were removed to safe locations during the attack of Aurangazeb.

Legend has it that the murti worshipped at Radha Raman Temple at Vrindavan manifested from a Shaligram to fulfill the desire of Gopala Bhatta Goswami to have a darshan of Bhagvan Sri Krishna.

Radha Raman means “one who gives pleasure to Radha.”

Story of Radha Raman Murti

Legend has it that Gopala Bhatta was once bathing in the Gandhaki River and noticed that his copper vessel was filled with 12 stones. He removed the stones and again dipped the copper vessel in the river and once again found the same set of 12 stones in the vessel. He again removes the stone and finds them again in the vessel.

He then decides to carry the stones home and that night Chaitanya Mahaprabhu comes in his dream and informs that the stones are sacred shaligram stones and should be worshipped daily.

Gopala Bhatta was happy and started worshiping the Shaligram stones.  On the full moon night of Vaishakh month Gopala Bhatta wished that he had got a murti of Bhagvan Sri Krishna not a Shaligram. So that he could decorate the murti and worship it daily.

Next day when Gopala Bhatta Goswami wakes up he finds that a Shaligram stone has turned into a beautiful murti of Sri Krishna. This murti is worshipped in the Radha Raman Temple.

About Radha Raman Temple

Radha Raman Temple houses the beautiful black murti of Sri Krishna. There is no murti of Radha Rani. She is represented by a crown. The temple also displays Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s clothes and chair which was brought to the temple by Gopala Bhatta Goswami. Bow and arrows used by Gopa Bhatta to guard the murti is also found in the temple.

The temple houses the Samadhi of Gopala Bhatta Goswami who was an ardent devotee of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. It is believed that the murti was discovered by Gopala Bhatta in 1542.

The temple is located near Loi Bazaar in Vrindavan and was built in 1826.

Khova a sweet made of milk and sugar is offered as Prasad in the temple.

The most important fair and festival in the temple is observed on Vaishakh Purnima as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in North India