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Gopal Mandir in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh – About Ujjain Gopal Temple

Gopal Mandir is located in the middle of the big market square in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. Bayajibai Shinde, the queen of Maharajah Daulat Rao Shinde, constructed the Gopal Temple in 1833 AD. The shrine is dedicated to the Gopal Krishna form of Hindu God Krishna.

The main murti of Bhagavan Sri Krishna in the sanctum sanctorum is two feet tall and is made out of silver.  The garbha griha, or sanctum sanctorum, is inlaid with marble. Consorts of Sri Krishna are worshipped here.

Shiva, Goddess Parvati and Garuda are also worshipped in the temple complex. There is also a murti of Maharani Baija Bai in the mandir.

Gopal Mandir is a beautiful example of Maratha architecture. Surrounded by high walls, the shrine has a lofty and ornate gateway with bangaldar roof.

The silver-plated doors of the inner sanctum of Gopal Temple originally belonged to Somnath Temple in Gujarat. Mahmud of Ghazni vandalized and looted Somnath Mandir in 1026 AD and took the silver doors to Afghanistan. Afghan invader, Mahmud Shah Abdali later took the doors to Lahore. Maharaja Sindia recovered them and installed in the Gopal Temple.