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1. Krishna Balarama Mandir


Established in 1975 by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-acarya of the international Society for Krishna consciousness (ISKCON). This shrine has become one  of Vrndavana's most popular temples. Hare Krishna devotees from around the world visit here throughout the year, bringing a truly international flavour to this ancient holy city.The centra! Deities  are Sri Sri Krishna Balarama and on the right alter is Sri Sri Radha-Syamasundara and the gopls LaUta and V^akha, On the left alter is Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda, along with the murtis  of Srila Prabhupada and his spiritual master Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvaml. Of all the temples in Vrndavana, the Krishna Balarama Temple has one of the highest standards of Deity  worship and cleanliness.


Timings: Mahgala 4:15ain. Darsana 7:15 am —11. Raj Blioga Arati 12 noon—12:30. Evening Darsana—Winter 4:00 pm—8:30 pm. Summer 4 JOpm - 8:45 pm.


1. Srila Prabhupada Samadhi


Situated in front of the main temple, this samadhi mandir is built from pure marble in honour of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, found er-acarya of ISKCON, who's  sacred body is entombed here. He entered samadhi on 14th of Novem¬ber, (in the most auspicious month of Kartika) in the year 1977.There is a great Tirobhava Mahotsava, (disappearance  celebration) held here each year just three days after Govardhana Puja, and his disciples and followers come from all over the world for this important festival.Srila Prabhupada, taking the order  of his spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami, to preach in the west, as his life and soul, single-handedly spread the message of Krishna Consciousness all over the world.  Srila Prabhupada left Vrndavana in 1965 and sailed to America. After struggling hard for over a year, he finally estab¬lished the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in New York in  1966. He made the holy name of Krishna a household word and he himself became world famous as the guru of the Hare Krishna movement.Srila Prabhupada's greatest contribution to  mankind, however, are his books, which have been translated into more than 60 languages, and are used as standard text books in colleges around the world. I lis books constitute a veritable  library of Vedic philosophy, religion, hteraturc and culture. The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, established for the pur¬pose of publishing Srila Prabhupada's writings, has become the worlds largest  publisher in the field of Indian religion and philosophy.In just 12 short years, Srila Prabhupada circled the globe 14 times on lecture tours, preaching to his followers, and opening over 100 Krishna  temples in almost every country of the world.


Timings; Same as temple.


1.   Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Museum,


Situated at the rear of the temple is Srila Prabhupada's residence now used as a museum to honour his sacred memory. Some of the artefacts used personally by Srila Prabhupada

during his life time are on display, including the bed that he lay on during his last days before entering samadhi


Timings: Same as temple.


1.Bhaktivedanta Swami InternatioYwl Quruliula


Founded by SrJla Prabhupada in 1975, this school for boys, based on the ancient Vedic system of Gurukula, attracts students from the world over. The students, aged between five and fiiteen  follow the strict principles of brahmacarya, which is the very basis of vedic culture.


2.Bhaktivedanta Swami Qate (Dwara)


Opened in 1979, this huge gate over the old Chatikara road was erected in recognition of SrTla Prabhupada's great service to Vrndavana, and his world-wide preaching work in spreading Krishna  Consciousness. This road was also renamed as Bhaktivedanta Swami Marg by the Vrndavana Municipality.


3.Vrndavana Research Institute And Library


One can see some of the original autographed manuscripts of Sanatana, Riipa and Jiva Gosvamis at this research institute. There is also a good Vedic library here which is open to the public.

llmings: Daily 10am - 5pm


4.Raman Reti Pastime Tree.


Two different trees growing from one trunk symbolises, according to local Brijabasis, a sacred pastime place of Lord Krishna. Krishna and Balarama used to come here with the cowherd boys,  and play in the soft sands of Ramana Reti. (Ramana Reti means pleasure giving sands.) It was also the area where Lord Krishna met Srimatl Radharanl before proceeding to Vrndavana for  enjoying various transcendental pastimes.


5.Vardha Ghata


Formerly, the Yamuna River used to flow here in the days of Lord Krishna's advent on earth. It is here that Krishna showed His form of Ixird Varaha (Boar Incarnation) to the gopls. There is a  small Varaha Deity in a temple opposite the ashram of Gautama Rishi. Timittgs: Darsana S.30am - IZam and 4pm - 9pin


6.Gautam Rishi Ashram,


This is the spot where the great Gautam Rishi performed austerities thousands ofyears ago.


7.Cowherd Boy's Trail


This trail used to run along the bank of the Yamuna. The Gopas (cowherd boys) used to herd their cows here. It now fornis part of the Vrndavana parikramd.


8.Mohana Ter Ghata


At this place there used to be a garden {kunja), where Lord Krishna danced with the gopls on the bank of the Yamuna. Oipid (Kamadeva) came here with the purpose of tiring his arrow of  attraction at Sri Krishna, but upon seeing the exquisite beauty of the Lord, as he danced with the Gopls, Cupid became so attracted himself by Krishna's beauty, that he fell unconscious due to  ecstatic feeHngs of love. Lord Krishna is therefore called Madana-mohana, or the attractor of Cupid (who is known as Madana)


9.Go ghata(Ram Gol Ghata)


At this place, Nanda Maharaja, Lx)rd Krishna's father, gave cows away in charity to the brdhmanas.


10.Bhaktivedanta Swami Goshalla And Gardens


This goshalla, managed by the ISKCON devotees, supplies milk to the Deities of Krishna Balarama Mandir. There are also gardens and a tulasi grove that supplies the temple with flowers.


11.Kaliya Ghata (Kaliya-'Hrada)


Here, Lord Krishna jumped fromahigKadamha tree into the Yamuna River, in order to chastise the Kaliya serpent who was poisoning the waters of the river. The kadamha tree that Krishna  chmbed is still here, even though the Yamuna does not flow here anymore, except during the rainy season when the river floods.Lord Krishna came to know that a very large and poisonous  serpent had made its home in a lagoon on the Yamuna River. Because the serpent was so poisonous, not only all the fish died, but even the trees and grass surrounding the lake were dying.  When birds flew over the area, they immediately dropped dead and fell into the lake, due to the highly poisonous vapours emanating from the water.In those days, 5,000 years ago, there were  many frightful demons, who had all kinds of mystic powers, and Lord Krishna had specifically appeared to rid the world of all these disturbing elements. The Ixird came to this place with His  cowherd boyfriends and de¬cided to confront the king of the snakes. He climbed the large kadamba tree and from there, jumped into the poisonous waters of the Yamuna.Lord Krishna, then  began splashing about and making very loud noises just to disturb the Kaliya serpent. Sure enough, the Kaliya snake came up to the surface to sec who was attacking his home. This huge black  serpent Kaliya, (Kahya means black) possessed over one hundred hoods, each bedecked with a precious gem.


When he breathed, fire emanated from his nostrils. He suddenly seized Krishna in his powerful coils, and bound the Lord as tightly as possible, but this serpent did not realize that within its coils  was the Supreme Personality of Godhead, playing as a child and enjoying His earthly pastimes in the transcendental land of Vrndavana, Without warning, Krishna, the Supreme Mystic. started to  expand His body, and Kaliya, who began to feel the incredible pressure, was forced to release the Lord from his deadly coils. Krishna then jumped on to the hoods of the great serpent and  started to dance, stamping His foot down on the heads of the black snake demon.This stamping of Krishna, felt to KaUya serpent like Indra's thunderbolts striking a mountain. The Lord jumped  from one hood to another, and Kaliya felt helpless and bewildered; in anger he spat fire from his many mouths but the Lord was so dexterous that His dancing movements caused the snake to  become dizzy. After so many kicks from the Lord, Kaliya started to first vomit blood, and then refuse, before becoming almost unconscious. At that time, the many wives of the Kaliya serpent  appeared and begged Ihe Lord with folded hands to spare their husband. Krishna decided to banish Kaliya to the great ocean never to return again. Thereafter, the giant snake along with his  wives, departed forever, and the transcendental Lord rejoined His cowherd boyfriends on the bank of the Yamuna, to continue their wonderful pastimes in Vrndavana.


12 Prabodhanaruida Sarasvati Sanxddhi


Just 20 meters from Kaliya-ghata is the samadhi of Prabodhananda Sarasvati Gosvami. He met Lord Cailanya at Sri Rarigam, in South India. He was also the uncle and spiritual master of  Gopala Bhatta Gosvami. This place was also his bhajana-kutira. He was one of the intimate associates of the Six Gosvamls. Timings: Open daily


13.Kaliya Mardan Temple


It is said that this Deity of Kahya Mardan, Lord Krishna subduing the Kaliya serpent, is 5,000 years old and was originally installed by Krishna's grandson, Vajranaba. Timings: Darsanu 9am -12  and 5pm - 8

14.Prashkandana Ghata


This is the place where Lord Krishna's perspiration caused a small lake to appear, situ¬ated just below Dvadasaditya Hill. This ghata is no longer visible.


15.Suraj Ghata


The sun god Surya underwenl great austerities here so that he could achieve darsana of Lord Krishna. This ghdta is no longer visible.


16. Advaita Vata (Banyan Tree)


At this place Sri Advaita Acarya stayed while visiting Vrndavana, where he prayed to Lord Krishna to descend as I^ord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and save the fallen souls of Kali-yuga. While in  Vrndavana he discovered the Deity of Madana-gopala. He kept the Deity at Mathura with a brahmana called Choube. This same Deity was later given to Sanatana Gosvami and became the  celebrated Madana-mohana.


17.Dvadasaditya Teela (Hill)


This is the hill where Sanatana Gosvami used to perform his bhajana and worship his beloved Deity, Madana-mohana, by keeping Llim up in a tree. Sanatana Gosvami came to Vrndavana in the  year 1516, along with his brother Srila Rupa Gosvami. At a later time, the temple of Madana-mohana was built on this very same hill.After chastising the serpent Kaliya, Lord Krishna, feeling cold  from being in the wa¬ter for a long time, climbed this hill and lay down to rest in the sunshine. At that time, the 12 forms of Aditya; (Surya - the sun-god), appeared here in the form of 12 blazing  suns in order to prevent Krishna from catching a cold. Due to the intense heat, Lord Krishna started to perspire and the perspiration from Krishna's body caused a small lake known as  Prashkandana.


17. Madana Mohana Temple


This famous temple was established by Sfila Sanatana Gosvami and was the first temple of Lord Krishna built in Vrndavana, which at that time was just a forest. The original Deity of  Madana-mohana was taken to Karauli in Rajasthan for safety during the attack on Vrndavana by the soldiers of the fanatical Muslim emperor - Aurang^eb. The Deity now worshipped here is the  pratibhu-murti (replica) which is considered to be none dif¬ferent in potency.Lord C'aitanya displayed intense love for Sanatana Gosvami; once, the Lord informed Sanatana that "your body  belongs to Me, it is my principle instrument for executing many important functions. By your body, I shall carry out so many tasks. You will have to ascertain the basic principles for devotees, also  Vaisnava duties and Vaisnava character¬istics; you will also have to explain about devotional service to Lx)rd Krishna, as well as excavating the lost places of Krishna's pastimes, building  temples and teaching people how to adopt the renounced order.Madana-mohana, also known as Madana-gopala, was' first discovered by Advaita Acarya, the most intimate associate of Lord  Caitanya, in the place where he was perform¬ing his bhajana - now known as Advaita Vat, which is just below the Dvadasaditya Hill. When Advaita Prabhu was due to leave for Bengal. Advaita  left Madana-mohana in the care of a hrahmana named Choube, who kept I lim just like one of his own sons. Many yeai^ passed, both Rupa and Sanatana used to go to Mathura for collecting  alms (madhukari), and it so happened that Sanatana Gosvami visited the house of the hrdhmanu ' Choube.


He received a sudden shock when he saw that Choube's children were playing with Madana-mohana. He immediately called Choube and chastised him for not show¬ing proper respect to the  Deity, and then explained to him all the rules and regulations of proper Deity worship.That night, on returning to Vrndavana, Sanatana had a dream in which Madana-mohana told him that he had  been very happy living in the hrahmana's house as one of his children, but now that the hrahmana had introduced so many rules and regulations, 1 le was not happy anymore. The same night,  the hrahmana also had a dream in which Madana-mohana told him that, "as you have so many children, and Sanatana has none, so please give mc to Sanatana".The next morning, Sanatana  Ciosvami rushed to the brdhmana's house to apokigise and ask forgiveness, but to his surprise, the hrahmana requested him to take Madana-mohana. At first, Sanatana refused because he  was not able to offer nice food to Madana-mohana as he lived only on dry chapatis. Later in another dream. Madana-mohana said Ihal He would accept whatever Sanatana offered Him.

Sanatana Gosvami then brought Madana-mohana to Vrndavana, to the place where he did his bhajana, situated on (he top of the hill named Dvadasaditya, and kept the Deity up in a nearby tree.  As time went by, Sanatana was one day offering the same dry chapatis when Madana-mohana suddenly asked for some salt. Sanatana then told Madana-mohana, "Just see, now you want salt  and tomorrow you will want sweets; I am an old man and have so many books to write so please just accept this dry chapati".It so happened that same day that a wealthy merchant from Multan  in Punjab, was taking a large boat full of salt down the river to Agra, for sale in the local market. When passing the Kaliya-ghata, the boat got stuck on a sand-bank and could not mt)ve lor three

days. In great anxiety, the merchant, who's name was Ramdasa Kapoor, came ashore where a beautiful brijbasi boy advised him to seek the help of Sanatana Gosvami, a saint who lived up on  the Dvadasaditya Hill. On climbing the hill, Ramdasa Kapoor saw Sanatana Oosvanii engaged in his hhajana and asked him if he could help. Sanatana then advised him that he should ask  Madana-mohana, as only He could help him. Sure enough, when Ramdasa finished worshipping Madana-mohana, the boat miraculously got free from the sand-bank- Ramdasa was overjoyed  and promised to return after finishing his business in Agra.


Within a short time, Ramdasa Kapoor returned, having sold all his merchandise for a handsome profit and wanted to hand the full amount over to Sanatana, in appreciation for the help he had  received from Madana-mohana. Sanatana asked him to build a nice temple for Madana-mohana which he did. He also built a ghdta below, all out of fine red sandstone. Unfortunately about a  hundred years later when Emperor Aurangzcb sent his soldiers to destroy the" temples of Vrndavana, the Madana-mohana Temple was aLso desecrated. This tragic episode occurred in 1670.


Timings: Summer—Darsana 6am -11 und 5pm - 9.30

Winter—Maiigala (Kartik month only) 4am; Darsana 7am -12 and 4pm - 8


17. Sanatana Gosvdmi Bhajana'Kutira


.lust next to the temple is the bhajana-kutira of Sanatana Gosvami who also worshipped Madana-mohana here before the temple was built by keeping Him up in a tree. Next to the bhajana-kutira  is a well dug by Madana-mohana so that Sanatana Gosvami, in his old age did not have to go very far to get water,


17.Sanatana gosvdmi Samadhi


In 1558 Srlla Sanatana Gosvami entered samadhi and his body was entombed in a small garden on the side of Dvadasaditya Teela (hill) just behind the Madana-mohana Temple. Also in this  garden are the puspa-samadhis of T^pana Misra and Candrasekhara, who were close associates of Lord Caitanya. When Lord Caitanya vLsited Varanasi, he stayed and also tookprasdda at the  houses of these two devotees. Tapana Misra was the father of Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami. Also here is the grantha-samadhi containing sacred books of the Six Gosvamis.


Timings: Same as temple above


18.New Madana Mohana Temple


This temple was built next to the original temple after it was desecrated by the soldiers of Aurangicb. This new temple contains the pratibhu-murti (replica) of the original Deities that were sent to  Rajasthan for safety. There is no difference in potency between the original Deities and the pratibhu-milrii, they are considered to be the same


Timings: Summer—Manga la 4am; Darsana 7.30am -12 and 4.30pm - 8

Winter—Mahgala 5am; Darsana 8.30am -12 and 5pm to 7


19.Asta Sakhi Temple


Near to the Madana-mohana Mandir is this temple of the eight sakhis, with the Deity of Radha-Rasabihari is in the centre. This temple was established by the king of Hetambur in West Bengal, was Raja Ramranjan Cakravartl. He was an initiated dis¬ciple of SriJa Bhaktisiddhanta SarasvatT GosvamJ. The kings wife had a dream where Lord Krishna asked them to build  this temple of Asta-sakhT. The names of the eight Sakhls are, from the left; Sudevt, TUhgavidya, Indulekha, Visakha, Lalita, Citra, Can:q>akaiata, and Rahgadevl.


Timings: Summer—Mangala Sam; Darsana 7am -1130 and 4pm - 8

Winter—Mangala Sam; Darsana 7am -1230 and 4pm - 8


20.Vihar Kunda.


After extinguishing the blazing forest fire, Lord Krishna rested at this-kunda


21.Davanala Kunda


Lord Krishna extinguished the blazing forest fire at this spot therein saving all the inhab¬itants of Vrndavana.


22.Jaipur Temple


This temple was built by the Maharaja of Jaipur, Sawai Madhav, in 1917 after thirty years of hard labour. It is one of Vfndavana's most opulent and grandiose tenples. The fine hand carved  sandstone is of unparalleled workmanship. The huge pillars that hold up the roof are each carved from one solid rock. The intricately fashioned marble on the alter is reminiscent of the Mughul  period. The Maharaja financed the railway hne that connects Vrndavana with Mathura, just for the purpose of hauling the huge pieces of sandstone used in the temple construction. The Deities  worshiped here are Sri Sri Radha-Madhava.


Timings: Summer— Mangala Sam; Darsana 7.30am -10 and 5pm - 830

Winter—Mangala 630am; Darsana Ham -1130 and 4pm - 7


23.Banke'Bihdri Temple


Bahke-bihari means Krishna, the Supreme enjoyer. This is one of Vrndavana's most popular temples and famous all over India, it was built in 1864. The Deity of Bahke-bihari was discovered in  Nidhuvana by Swami Haridasa. Contemporary of the Six Gosvamis, Swami Haridasa known for his devotional bhajanas. He was the guru of the famous musician Tansen. He belonged to the  Nimbarka-sampradaya.


Timings: Sammer—Darsana 9am -12 and 6pm -10

Winter—Darsana 10am -1.00 and 6pm - 9


24.Narasimhadev Temple


This large Deity of Lord Narasimhadeva is carved out of wood and this is one of the few Narasimha temples in Vrndavana.


Timings: Summer/Winter same-—Darsana Sam -12 and 4pm - 9




Another very popular temple of Vrndavana which was founded by Hit Harivamsa Gosvami. Hit Harivamsa started the Radha-Vallabha seel, emphasising devotion to Radharani. (This same  sampradaya manage the Bahke-biharl Temple.) In this temple, there is no Deity of Radharani, but a crown has been placed next to Kr^hna to signify Her presence. Ako in the same compound of  Radha-Vallabha are the temples of Radha-Ananda Vallabha,Radha-Jlvan Vallabha and Radha-Kishori Vallabha. The original temple of Radha-Vallabha was desecrated by the Muslims in 1670  and a new temple was built at the side of the old one.


Timings: Marigala 5.30am Darsana 8.30am -12.15 and 6pm - 9


26. Bhattaji Mandir


Here, one can see the original SrimadBhagavatam of Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami. The Bhattaji Mandir is situated within the courtyard of Radha-Madana-mohana Temple, just opposite from the  Narasimha Temple. Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami was famous for his chanting of the Srimad Bhagavatam. When he chanted the verses in three different melo¬dious metres, people would be  overcome with spiritual emotion and sometimes swoon. Raghunatha himself would exhibit all the symptoms of ecstasy.


Timings: Summer—6am -12 and 6pm - 8

Winter—8am -12 and 6pm - 9


21. Jugal Ghata


Here stands an ancient temple of Jugal Bihar!, over 400 years old.


28. Seva'Kunja


This is the sacred place of the rasa dance and where Lord Krishna offered service to Srimatl Radharanl by decorating Her hair with flowers, as well as massaging and painting Her lotus feet.  Radha and Krishna would sometimes spend the night here, dancing with the gopis and enjoying various transcendental pastimes. One can see the rasa-sthall, com¬memorating the rasa dance  of Lord Krishna with the gopls. There is also a small temple dedicated to Radha and Krishna's pastimes called Rang Mahal. Near the entrance to this garden is a kunda created by Lord Krishna.  He pushed His foot into the ground just to please Lalita devi when she was feeling thirsty and wanted to drink water.The transcendental rasa dance performance of Lord Krishna can never be  compared to any mundane dancing of the conditioned souls. Krishna's performance of the rasa dance is a completely spiritual affair of pure love, enacted on the spiritual platform, be¬tween the  Lord and His greatest devotees, who had all taken the form of gopls, the beau¬tiful cowherd damsels of Vrndavana. They were by far the most beautiful damsels in the whole universe.By His  divine mystic power, Lord Krishna expanded Himself into hundreds of forms, in order to dance simultaneously with hundreds of gopls. Each gopl thought that Krishna was dancing with her alone.  As Lord Krishna and the gopls danced together, a most wonderful musical sound was produced by the tinkling of their anklebells, ornaments, and bangles. The gopls also began to sing beautiful  songs whilst dancing, which pleased Krishna very much.


Some of the gopls touched Krishna cheek to cheek and Krishna began to offer them chewed betal nuts from His lotus mouth, which they exchanged by kissing. By accepting those chewed betel  nuts from Lord Krishna's mouth, the gopls became even more spiritu¬ally advanced.Krishna, being the Supreme Lord, is also the Supreme Cnjoyer. Everything in cre¬ation is meant for the  Lords pleasure; the gopls of Vrndavana perfectly understood this and were prepared to do anything and everything for the satisfaction of Krishna. They did not expect anything in return for their  service; this is called bhakti-yoga, complete surrender in pure unalloyed devotion to the Lord.In a former life, the gopls had been great rishis and perfect yogis. Due to their great austerities and  perfect meditation, they had attained the chance to associate with the Supreme Lord in His most intimate loving pastimes within the forest of Vrndavana. It should be clearly understood that there  is not even the slightest tinge of material lust, or mundane sex indulgence in the transcendental pastimes of spiritual love between Lord Krishna and the go/715. The rishis and yogis were  completely above the mundane sensual plane due to their perfect meditation; In their next lives they associated directly with the Lord, in their pure spiritual forms as the beautiful gopls of  Vrndavana. Those who think that these pastimes of the Lord in Vrndavana are manifestations of mundane lusty activi¬ties are certainly possessed of a hellish mentality.


Timings: Summer—Marigala 5.30am; Darsana 7am -12.30 and 3.30pm - 6

Winter—Marigala 6am; Darsana 7am -12.30 and 4.30pm - 7


29.Imli Tola (Tamarind Tree)


This tree was a favorite place of Srimati Radharani. Once, during a rasa dance perfor¬mance, Srimati Radharani suddenly left and finding Her missing, Krishna went in search of Her. As He was  unable to find Her, He came and sat beneath this tree. Due to intense feelings of separation from His beloved Radha, Krishna's body started to turn the same golden hue as Srimati Radharani's  body. At that moment, Sri Radha came there accom¬panied by Her girl friends and had darsana of that golden complexioned form of Lord Krishna.Radharani asked Krishna the meaning of this  golden form and He explained to Her that after searching for Her, He came and sat here and in a mood of deep separation, after chanting the name of Radharani, I lis body started to turn a golden  colour just like Hers. Then, His own feelings and sentiments were replaced by Hers, and He began to experience Her mood of separation from Himself. Krishna then told Radharani that in the  Kali-yuga, He would again take on Her mood and complexion and distribute love of God to all the conditioned souls.Almost 5,000 years later, Krishna again came in the form of Lord Caitanya  Mahaprabhu, the golden incarnation of Krishna, known as the Golden Avatara. When visiting Vrndavana, He came here regularly, and sat beneath this same tree, chanting the holy names of  Krishna. Feeling deep separation from the Lord, Sri Caitanya's body would turn the same blackish hue as Lord Krishna's body, He continually shed tears of love in spiritual ecstasy.


Timings: Summer/Winter same—Darsana 5.30am -12 and 4pm - 8


30.Sita-Natha Temple


This temple is dedicated to Advaita Acarya and his wife, Sltadevl. Sita-natha means the Lord of Slta, which refers to Advaita Acarya who was also the closest associate of Lord Caitanya being a  member of the 'Panca-tattva'. Advaita Acarya was an incarnation of Lord Mahavishnu and descended on earth just to help Lord Caitanya in spreading the sanldrtana movement. From this  temple's courtyard, one can see both Seva-kunja and the adjoining garden of Kishor Ban. If one goes to the roof top, one gets a panoramic, view of Seva-kunja and the surrounding areav


Timings: Summer—Maiigala 5am; Darsana 7am -12 and 430pm - 7

Winter—Mahgala 6am; Darsana 7am -12 and 4.30pm - 7


31. Radha Ddmodara Temple


This is the most important temple in Vrndavana. This Deity was hand carved by Rupa Gosvami and given as a gift to his beloved disciple, Jlva Gosvami, who later built a temple here. The Deity  was first worshipped in the year 1542. The land was later acquired in 1558 and the Deity was installed on the simhdsana (throne).Formerly, this spot was in the middle of Seva-kunja and it was  the bhajana place of Rupa Gosvami- He would daily hold discourses on the Snmad Bhagavatam and Krishna's pastimes here with the other Gosvamis and their close associates.Srila  Prabhupada said that Radha-Damodara Temple is in the centre of the spiritual world, because of the transcendental activities that went on here amongst the followers of Lord Cailanya, led by  Srila Rupa Gosvami.Besides the Deities of Sri Sri Radha-Damodara, also kept in this temple are the Deities of Krishna dasaKaviraja, (Radha-Vrndavana Candra), Jayadeva Gosvami  (Radha-Madhava), Bhurgarbha Gosvami (Radha-Chalachikan), as well as the govardhana-sila of Srila Sanatana Gosvami which has the footprint of Lord Krishna impressed upon it.

It so happened that Sanatana Gosvami used to circumambulate Govardhana I lill everyday, as part of his daily vows; even in his old age. One day, Lord Krishna in the guise of a beautiful cowherd  boy, suddenly appeared before Sanatana Gosvami, and re¬quested him that now you are very old, there is no need to go round Govardhana hill everyday. Sanatana replied that as he had taken  such a vow to daily circumambulate Govardhana, he could not stop. Understanding Sanatana's determination, Krishna then stood on a big stone from the hill and started playing His flute.


The flute playing of the Lord was so enchanting, that the stone started to melt and Kr^hna's footprint got im¬pressed upon it, along with the hoof print of a calf, as well as Krishna's flute and His  stick used for herding the cows. Krishna then gave this stone from Govardhana hill to Sanatana, and told that if he circumambulated this govardhana-sila three times, it would be equal to going  round the Govardhana Hill. Sanatana then accepted the sila from Krishna, and from that time on, he circumambulated this sila, instead of going all the way around Govardhana Hill. One can have  darsana of this sacred govardhana-sila by asking the pujdn and giving a small donation.


Timings: Summer—Mahgala 4-30am; Darsana 6.30am -12.30 and 5pm - 9.30pm

Winter—Mangala 5um; Darsana - 7J0am -1.00 and 4.15pm - 8.45


31. Rupa Gosvami Bhajana-'Kutira


Here in the courtyard of the Radha-Damodara Temple, is the bhajana'kutira of Srila Rupa Gosvami. This spot was formally in the middle of Seva-kunja and it is here that Rupa Gosvami made his  headquarters, wrote his innumerable books, as well as con¬ducted discourses on the Bhagavatam, amongst the other Gosvamis and their associates. Rupa Gosvami came to Vrndavana with  his elder brother, Sanatana Gosvami around 1516 on the order of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who gave them four specific duties to perform: 1) Excavate the lost pastime places of Lord Krishna.  2) Build temples, install Deities and start worship. 3) Write bhakti-sastras. 4) Delineate the rules and regulations oibhalai-yoga.Rupa Gosvaml's most famous book is Bhakti-rasdmrta-sindhu (the  ocean of the nec¬tar of devotion) which must be read by all aspiring Vaisnavas and forms the solid founda¬tion of the bhakti movement of Lord Caitanya. All the Gaudlya Vaisnavas are known as  rupanugas, or followers of SrIla Rupa Gosvami, as it is he who single-handedly estab¬lished the Gaui^Iya Vaisnava Bhakti-Marg, the path of those following in the footsteps of Lord Caitanya  Mahaprabhu.


Timings: Same as temple


31. Kupa Gosvanu Samadhi


Entombed here is the sacred body of Srila Rupa Gosvanu, who entered samadhi in the year 1564. The sacred body of Sri Rupa was placed in samadhi opposite his bhajana-kutira in the  courtyard of the Radha-Damodara Temple by his dearmost and brilliant disciple, Jlva Gosvartu.


Timings: Same as temple


31, Jiva Gosvaml Samadhi


In the year 1608, Srila Jlva Gosvami entered samadhi and his sacred body was placed here near to his beloved Deities - Radha-Damodara. The youngest of the Six Gosvamis of Vrndavana, Jlva  Gosvarrii was considered to be the greatest philosopher in Indian history. Ke also happened to be the nephew of Rupa and Sanatana Gosvamis- After the disappearance of Rupa and Sanatana,  Jlva Gosvanu became the Acarya for all the Gaudlya Vaisnavas. Jiva Gosvami was also the most prolific writer amongst the Six Gosvamis, and wrote over 25 books. He was so ejqiert in Sanskrit  that he is considered the greatest Sanskrit scholar that ever lived. Jiva Gosvanu wrote more than 25 important books in Sanskrit, and to this day, the Benares Hindu University honours him with  and entire department dedicated to the study of his books. Timings; Same as temple


31. Krishna Das Kaviraja Gosvarni Samadhi


Next to Jiva Gosvami's samadhi, is the samadhi of Krishna dasa Kaviraja, author of the Caitanya-cantamrta (which was completed in 1581) and close confidant of the Six Gosvamis. Krishna  dasa Kaviraja was a direct disciple of Lord Nityananda Prabhu. He entered samadhi in 1582.


31. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvanu Prabhupada Puspa Samadhi


The spiritual master of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati entered samadhi in 1936, his faWsamddhi is situated at Sridhama Mayapur.  This puspa-samddhi is just in front of Jiva Gosvami's samadhi.


31, King Birhambir Of Vana Vishnupur Puspa Samadhi


Just next to the samadhi of Jlva Gosvami is the puspa-samddhi of this famous king of Vana Vishnupur, who stole the trunk of sacred books belonging to the Gosvanus. Having been informed by  his astrologers that the trunk contained great treasures, he had his men steal this trunk from three devotees; Siinivasa Acarya, Narottama dasa and Syamananda Pandita, who were on their way  by bullock cart from Vrndavana to Bengal, for distributing these books to the Bcngah VaisJiavas. The king later realized his mistake and surrendered before


Srinivasa Acarya and became his disciple. I le turned his whole kingdom into a Vaisnava state.


31. Bhugarbha Gosvdmi Samadhi


One of the close associates of the Six Gosvamls, he received the name of Bhugarbha because he used to perform his hhajan, hidden inside a hole in the ground. He was ordered in a dream by  Lord Caitanya, along with Lokanatha Gosvami, to locate the lost forests of Vraja. They arrived in Vrndavana just prior to Rupa and Sanatana Gosvamls.


31. Bhajana-Kutira Of His Divine Qrace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


Known around the world as the illustrious Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, Srila Prabhupada was living in Vrndavana before going to America to preach  Krishna Consciousness. It was in 1959 that Srila Prabhwpada nv>ved into the Radha-Damodara Temple where he occupied two rooms. In one room he per¬formed his bhajana and wrote his  English translation to the Srirnad Bhdgavatam. In the other, he prepared and accepted Prasada while looking across the courtyard at the samddhi and bhajana-kulira of Srila Rupa Gosvami.

Moving to theRadha-DamodaraTemple was a major turning point in the lifeofSrllu Prabhupada. Here, he received the divine blessings of Rupa and Jlva Gosvamls, and the inspiration to take the  message of Lord Krishna to the west. This is where he formulated his plans to inundate the world with Krishna Consciousness, and also where he got the idea of starting ISKCON, an  international society of devotees, following the teachings of Lord Caitanya and dedicated to the devotional service of Lord Krishna. It was also while staying at Radha-Damodara that Srila  Prabhupada accepted the sannydsa order of life on September 17th 1959.In 1965, Srila Prabhupada left Radha-Damodara and Vrndavana with one crate of i'nmad Bhdgavatams and 40 rupees,  and set sail for America, to spread both the glories of Lord Sri Krishna and Vrndavana Dhama, to the people of the world. Srila Prabhupada had confided to his disciples, that he is always present  in his rooms at the Radha-Damodara Temple.


Timings: Same as temple


32. Sringara Vata (Nityananda Vata)


This is where I j^rd Nilyananda stayed when He visited Vrndavana. It was here at Srlngara Vat that Lord Krishna used to decorate Srimatl RadharanI with precious jewels, flowers and ornaments  (Srlngara), before going to Nidhuvana for rdsa-lild. The original banyan tree (vata) under which the Divine Couple sat has now almost vanished, leaving only a large slump. A branch from the  original tree was planted here and has now grown into a large Banyan (Vata) tree. Behind this tree is a temple dedicated to Krishna's decorating RadharanI, and behind this temple is the actual  place where Radha was decorated by Krishna. On the left of the courtyard is a temple of Radha-Krishna, Gaura-Nitai and Lord Jagannatha.


Timings: Summer—Manila 4.30am; Darsana Ham -12.30 and 4.30pm - 8.30

Winter—Mahgala 5.30; Oarsana Sam -12.30 and 4.30pm - 8


33.Govinda Ghata


One of the sacred ghalas where Lord Krishna would meet the gopls and enjoy transcen¬dental loving pastimes on the banks of the Yamuna.


34.Radha Syamasundara Temple


These are the Deities of Syamananda Pandita, a disciple of Hrdaya Caitanya. He studied under the guidance of Srila Jiva GosvamI who sent him to Orissa to preach Lord Caitanya's message,  along with Srinivasa Acarya and Narottama dasa Thakura. They became the first book distribution party in the history of the sankirtana movement of Lord Caitanya.


Timings: - Mahgala 4am;

Darsana 8 -11.30 and 4pm - 7.30


35.Syamananda Pandita Puspa Samadhi


A 24 hour kzrtana goes on here, in honour of Syamananda, who entered samadhi while preaching in Orissa. Timings: Open 24hrs daily


35. Puspa Samadhi Of Rasikananda Prabhu


A disciple of Syamananda Pandita, who became zpujari of the Govindaji Mandir before being sent by Syamananda to preach in Orissa. I Ie was also known as Rasika Murari.


35.Syamananda Tilaka Sthana


This is where Syamananda Pandita received the sacred tilaka mark from SrimatI Radharani. Daily, Syamananda, who was at that time known as Dukhi Krishnadas, would sweep the area of  Seva-kunja which was very large in those days. One day he found a golden anklebell. On inspecting the anklebell closely, he concluded that it must belong to Radharani. On discovering Her  anklebell missing, Radharani asked Her girlfriend, Lalita Sakhl, to go and find the lost anklebell. On reaching Seva-kunja, Lalita saw Syamananda sweeping and asked if he had seen her sister's  lost anklebell. Syamananda replied that he had indeed found the lost anklebell, but refused to give it to Lalita. Instead, he asked that her sister should come in person and collect the anklebell,  hoping that he might get the sa¬cred darsana of the most beloved SrimatI Radharani.Sure enough, SrimatI Radharani came there and Syamananda, upon seeing Her, threw himself on the  ground offering humble obeisances. Being pleased with Syamananda's daily service of sweeping Seva-kunja, SrimatI Radharani blessed Syamananda, and at the same time touched the  anklebell to his forehead, which left a special tilaka mark. Radharani also gave him the name of Syamananda. From that day on, Syamananda and his followers wear this same tilaka mark.


36.Ban-Khandi Mahadeva Temple (Siva Temple)


There are 5 famous Siva temples of Vrndavana Dhama, which include; Goplsvara, Bhutesvara, Chakalisvara, Kamesvara and Nandesvara. Lord Siva is the protector of the Holy Dhama.  Sanatana GosvamI would daily take darsana of Chakalisvara Mahadeva at Govardhana. Once, in a dream, Chakalisvara Mahadeva appeared and told Sanatana that as he was now an old man,  he need not go all the way to Govardhana to take darsana, as Chakalisvara was now manifest in Vrndavana as Ban-Khandi Mahadeva. Sanatana then began to visit this temple daily for darsana.


37.Pishima Qaura Nitai Temple


These are the Gaura-Nitai Deities of Murari Gupta, one of Lord Caitanya's close associ¬ates. They were brought to Vrndavana, and later worshipped by Pishima mataji, a great female saint of  Vrndavana.


Timings: Summer/Winter same—Darsana 7.30am -12 and 4pm - 8.30


38.Mira Bhai Temple


This temple is dedicated to the great female saint, Mirabhai, who renounced the life of a princess, to come and live in Vrndavana and worship Lord Krishna. She is famous for her devotional  songs about Lord Krishna. This is the place where she used to live. Timings: Summer/Winter same—Darsana 7.30am -12 and 5pm - 8


39.Shahji Temple


A popular temple of Vrndavana, designed and built in 1876 by the wealthy jeweller, Shah-Kundan Lai of I^ucknow, who also built the temple of Radharamana. He was a disciple of the Gosain of  Radharamana; the Deities here are called Chota (small) Radharamana. This temple was built to house the original Deities of Radharamana, but the Gosains decided not to move the Deity from  the original temple.


Timings: Summer—Manga la 5.30am; Darsana 8.30am -12.30 and 4.30pm - 8.30 Winter—Mahgala 6.30; Darsana 8.30am to 12.30 and 5.30pm - 730




In this sacred kuhja (garden), the divine couple, Radha and Krishna, sometimes rest after performing the rasa-Ula dance. At the far end of this garden is a small temple called Rang Mahal, where  a bed is kept for the divine couple to rest. There is also another small temple dedicated to Radha, when she stole Krishna's flute. In this temple, Radhararu can be seen playing on Krishna's flute,  accompanied by her girlfriends, Lalita and Visakha. There is also a kunda (pond) dedicated to Visakha Sakhl. One can also see the samddhi of Swami Haridasa, who used to perform his bhajana  here. It was also in this kuhja that the Deity of Bahkc-bihari was found by Swami Haridasa. This spot is near the Rang Mahal.


Timings: Summer—7.30am -12 and 3pm - 7

Winter—8.30am -12 and 2pm - 6.30


41.Sriji Temple


This is the main temple of the Nimbarka Vaisnava Sampradaya. Timings: Darsana 9am - 12pm and 5pm - 8pm Mahgala: 5am


42.Chir Ghata (Chmn-Ghata)

After killing the terrible KesT demon, Lord Krishna rested at this place, Lord Caitanya also rested at this same ghdta. Some people claim this is the Cira-ghata where Lord Krishna stole the gopl's  clothes, but according to Jiva1 GosvamI, this Cira-ghata is eight miles up-river.


43. Radharamana Temple


This is the famous temple of Gopala Bhatta Gosvami. The sevd pujd of Radharamana was established in 1542, after the Deity self-manifested from a sdlagrama-sila. Once, a rich business man  made an offering of clothes, crowns, and jewellery to Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, who lamented that, as he was worshiping sdlagrama-sila (which is round just like a stone), he could not dress, or  put crowns and jewellery like the other Gosvamis were doing with their Deities. Lamenting in this way, the Gosvami took rest. Early the next morning, when he came to bathe his sdlagrdma-silds,  he discovered that one of the Silas had transformed into the most beautiful Deity of Krishna, who had manifest Himself out of love, just to receive worship from Gopala Bhatta Gosvami.  Radharamana means 'one who gives pleasure to Radha'. This is one of the names of I^ord Krishna. There is no Deity of Radharani at this temple, but a crown is kept next to Krishna signifying  Her presence.


Timings: Summer—Mahgala 4am; Darsana 8am -12.30 and 6pm - 8

Winter—Mahgala 5.30am; Darsana 8am -12.30 and 6pm - 8


43. Appearance Place Of Radharamana


At this place, the Deity of Radharamana manifested from a sdlagrama-sila. This is also the place where Gopala Bhatta Gosvami used to worship his Deity and perform his bhajana.


43.Gopala Bhatta Gosvami Samadhi


In 1585, Gopala Bhatta Gosvami entered samadhi and his sacred body was entombed here, next to the place where he worshipped his beloved Deity, Radharamana.


44.Radha Gokuldnanda Temple


This temple was founded by Lokanatha Gosvami, who performed bhajana at this spot. The small, but very beautiful Deity of Gokulananda was worshipped by Visvanatha CakravartI Thakura. Also  kept in this temple are the Deities of Lokanatha Gosvami (Radha-Vinoda), Baladeva Vidyabhusana (Vijay Govinda), and Narottama dasa (Caitanya Mahaprabhu). Also here is the  smallgovardhana-sild given to Raghunatha dasa Gosvami by Lord Caitanya, which has the Lord's thumb impression upon it.


Timings: Summer—Mahgala 5am; Darsana Sam -12 and 5.30pm - 8

Winter—Mahgala 6am; Darsana 8am -12 and 5.30pm - 8


44. Lokanatha Gosvami Samadhi


Often referred to as the seventh Gosvami of Vrndavana, Lokanatha Gosvami, who was a close associate of the six Gosvamis, also performed his bhajana here. He accepted only one disciple,  Narottama dasa Thakura. He entered samadhi sometime between 1583 and 1588. Lord Caitanya had ordered him in a dream to come to Vrndavana and locate all the 12 sacred forests along  with his close confidant, Bhugarbha Gosvami. The samadhi is next to the Gokulananda Temple.


44. Narottama Das Thakura Puspa Samadhi


This puspa-samddhi of Narottama dasa contains a garland, cloth, kaupina and mala used by him. His guru was Lokanatha Gosvami. He became famous as a great preacher and

 singer of kirtanas and bhajanas. Even today, his songs are most popular amongst the Vaisnavas. Srila Prabhupada loved to sing the beautiful songs of Narottama dasa Thakura.


44. Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura Samadhi


The great dcdrya of the 17th century, his contribution to the development of the Gaudlya Vaisnava movement is unparalleled. Baladeva Vidyabhusana was his siksa disciple. Me entered samddhi  in 1654. He accepted Narottama dasa Thakura as his siksa guru.


44. Ganganarayana Cakravarti Samadhi


A prominent disciple of Narottama dasa 'lTiakura, his samddhi is situated next to his guru in the Radha-Gokulananda courtyard.


45. Vamsi Gopala Temple


When Srila Prabhupada first moved to Vrndavana as a vanaprastha, he stayed in a room on the second floor of this temple from 1956 -1959, before moving to Radha-Damodara. It is not  possible to have darsana of Srila Prabhupada's rooms as they are now used by others.


Timings: Summer/Winter same—Mahgala 4am; Darsana 5am -11 and 3pm - 7.30


46. Qadadhara Pandita Dant (Tooth) Samadhi


Next to the Vamsi Gopala Temple is the tooth samddhi of Gadadhara Pandita, who was one of the Panca-tattva, and a very close confidant of Lord Caitanya from childhood. Lord Caitanya  ordered Gadadhara Pandita that he should never leave Jagannatha Purl. Gadadhara's disciple, Nayanananda, brought the tooth of Gadadhara, and placed it in this samddhi. Gadadhara Pandita  was the incarnation of Radharanl. Nayanananda's samddhi also used to be here but has now disappeared.


Timings: Daily 7am - 7pm


47. Jugal Kishore Temple


This is one of the oldest temples of Vrndavana and was completed in 1627. After the desecration by Aurangzeb's soldiers in 1670, this temple was completely abandoned. It is sometimes called  the Kcsl-ghata Temple, as it is located next to thisghafa.


48. Kesi Ghata


This is the place where Lord Krishna killed the KesI demon who appeared in the form of a gigantic horse. This is also the most famous bathing place in Vrndavana. An drati to Yamuna Devi is  held here every evening.This KesI demon was another friend of the evil king Kamsa. By this demon's mystic powers, he assumed the form of a giant horse, and in a wild and angry mood,  entered Vrndavana where he found Lord Krishna playing by the bank of the Yamuna River with His cowherd boyfriends.Lord Krishna heard the frighteningly loud whinnying sounds of the demon  horse, which caused terror to all the inhabitants of Vrndavana. Krishna then came before the KesI demon to accept his challenge; immediately, KesI started galloping toward Krishna, hoping to  trample I lim to death. The demon did not know that this small child, enjoying pastimes with I lis boyhood friends on the bank of the Yamuna, was non-other than the all powerful, Supreme  Personality of Godhead. As the horse demon approached, Krishna caught hold of his legs and then circled the demon a number of times. When the demon was completely baffled as to what  was happening, Krishna picked him up, just as a child picks up a flower, and threw him one hundred yards away which knocked him unconscious. On regaining consciousness, KesI again  charged towards Krishna, this time Lord Krishna pushed His hand inside the horse's mouth, knocking all his teeth out. The Lord's hand then began to expand in the horse's throat. KesI demon  immediately started chok¬ing to death. His legs started shaking, sweat poured out from his body, his eye balls bulged out from their sockets and as he died, he passed stool and urine  simultaneously. Thus, another terrible demon was eliminated from the face of the earth by the grace of Lord Sri Krishna. After killing the KesI demon, Krishna took His bath at this very ghata.


49.Bhramar Ghata


While Radha and Krishna sat here, the sweet fragrance emanating from Their transcen¬dental bodies, attracted a swarm of black bees (bhramar) who started to hover around, enjoying the  nectar-like fragrance emanating from the divine couple.


50.Radha Gopinaiha Temple


This Deity was worshipped by Madhu Pandita, one of the close associates of Lord Caitanya. The Goplnatha Deity was discovered at Varhsl-vata by Paramananda Gosvami, and wor¬shipped  there by Paramananda Bhattecarya, who gave the Deity to Madhu Pandita. This temple was also desecrated by the soldiers of Aurangzeb in 1670. A new temple was constructed just behind the  old one. The original Goplnatha Deity is in Jaipur, where He was sent for safe keeping. This Deity in the temple is thepratibhu-miirti (replica) which is considered to be non-different from the  original Deity.


Timings: Summer/Winter same—Mangala 5am;


Darsana 730am -11.45 and 4.30pm - 8JO


51.Madhu Pandita Samadhi


Situated in the compound of the Goplnatha Temple is the samadhi of Ix)rd Caitanya's associate, Madhu Pandita Gosvami, who was a disciple of Gadadhara Panclita, and a close associate of the  Six Gosvamis.


52.Sona Gaurdnga Temple


These are the Deities of Jagannatha dasa Babaji. They were sent to Vrndavana when some thieves who thought they were made of gold, because they were shining brilliantly like gold, attempted  to steal them. Jagannatha dasa Babajl formerly worshipped these Deities at Surya-kunda; he stayed in Vrndavana doing bhajana for many years.


Timings: Summer/Winter same—Mahgala 5.30am; Darsana 8am -12 and 4pm - 7.30


53.Samadhi Of Bilvamangala Thakura


This famous saint of Vrndavana is said to have lived here for about 700 years, performing bhajana at Brahma-kunda. He is the author of the famous book Krishna-karnamrta, which was read  every day by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Bilvamangala is also well known for his devotional songs about Lord Krishna. He is believed to have been a follower of Vishnuswami from South India  and came to Vrndavana around 700-A.D.


Timings: Daily 4.30am -12 and 4.30pm


54.Gauranga hAahaprabhu Mandtr (Amiya Nimai)


This temple is dedicated to Lord Caitanya. The Deity is over seven feet tall and is well known throughout Vrndavana as 'Amiya-Nimai'.


Timings: Summer/Winter same—Darsana 6am -12 and 4pm - 8


55.Srinivdsa Acarya Samadhi (Srinivdsa Acarya Kuhja)


A disciple of Gopala Bhatta Gosvami and embodiment of Gaura-sakti, he was an inti¬mate student of Srila Jlva Gosvami, who ordered him to preach Lord Caitanya's message in Bengal and  Orissa. The samadhi is in a room on the right side of the courtyard. Srinivasa had many disciples but Ramacandra Kaviraja was most prominent. Srlnivasa was a great preacher of Bhagavata,  and even converted King Birhambir, the dacoitking, to Vaisnavism. He was very famous for his fdrtana and bhajana. Inside this courtyard to the left is the temple of Radha-Madhava. The small  silver Deity of Krishna on the bottom shelf is Jula Thakura, the Deity of Srlnivasa Acarya, who used to keep Him in his bead bag (Jula).


Timings: Summer/Winter same—Darsana 7am -12 and 4pm - 7.30


55. Samadhi Of Ramacandra Kaviraja


A disciple of Srlnivasa Acarya and close friend of Narottama dasa, he was one of the eight Kavirajas. His samadhi is next to the samadhi of Srlnivasa.


55.Puspa Samadhi Of Hemlata Thakurani


This is the daughter of Srlnivasa Acarya and a powerful preacher of Vaisnavism, who made many disciples. Her samadhi is in front of the samadhi of Srlnivasa.


56.Radha Kanta Temple


These are the Deities of Gopala Guru Gosvami. This temple was established by Gopala Guru Gosvami who was a disciple of Vakresvara Pandita. As a child, Gopala used to meet Lord Caitanya.  Once, the Lord jokingly called him guru; the name stuck and he became known as Gopala Guru. He studied bhakti-sdstras under both Svarupa Damodara and Raghunatha dasa Gosvami.


Timings: Summer/Winter same—9am -12 and 4pm - 8


56. Gopala Guru Samadhi


This close associate of Lord Caitanya and disciple of Vakresvara Pandita, he established the temple of Radha-Kanta where his puspa-samadhi is situated in the courtyard. After his  disappearance in Jagannatha Puri, his followers who attended the samadhi ceremony there, came back to Vrndavana, and to their surprise, found the very same Gopala Guru Gosvami sitting  under the tree in the courtyard of the temple. He informed his followers that the body they saw was his spiritual body. He met all the devotees of Vrndavana and then disappeared while sitting  under the same tree. His followers then constructed a samadhi next to the tree.


57. Radha Syama Ray a Temple (Dhira Samira Mandir)


These are the Deities of Radha-Syama Raya, belonging to Gauridasa Parujita, who es¬tablished this temple. Lord Caitanya once gave  Gauridasa a life-like Deity of Gaura-Nitai, because he was feeling much separation from the Lord. Once, during a big klrtana festival, these same Deities jumped from the alter and joined the  ecstatic Idrtana. Those Gaura-Nitai Deities are still worshipped in Ambika Kalna, West Bengal.


Timings: Summer—Mangala 4am; Darsana 6am -12 and 4pm - 9

Winter—Mangala 5am; Darsana 6am -12 and 4pm - 8


57.Samadhi Of Gauridasa Pandita


A close associate of Lord Caitanya and guru of Hrdaya Caitanya, he performed bhajana at this same place within the compound of Dhira Samira Mandir.


58.Dhira Samira Ghata


Dhira Samira-ghata means the ghdta where the breeze blows very gently, and gives plea¬sure to Radha and Krishna, who enjoy transcendental pastimes in the gardens that were once situated  on the banks of the Yamuna at this place. The gardens and ghdta have since disappeared in the course of time.


59. Gopeswara Mahadcva Temple


This temple, dedicated to Lord Siva, is very important, as Lord Siva not only protects the Holy Dhama, but also guards the rasa-mandala. The Siva Linga is 5,000 years old and was originally  installed by Lord Krishna's grandson, Vajranaba.Once, during a performance of the rdsa-lild, Lord Siva came to see the wonderful dancing of Lord Krishna and the gopis; but when he tried to  enter the rasa-mandala, he was stopped by Lalita and Visakha Sakhls, who informed him that as he was a male, he could not enter. Lalita then told Lord Siva to first bathe in the Radharam  Manasorovar lake. Lord Siva then went and took bath at this lake and immediately turned into the form oiagopi. He then returned to the rasa-mandala where Lord Krishna welcomed him and gave  him the name GopTsvara. Lord Krishna also gave Siva the boon that without Lord Siva's permission, no-one could enter into the rasa-mandala.


Timings: Summer—Darsana Sam -12 and 4pm - 9

Winter—Darsana 530am -12 and 4pm - 9


60.Radha Gopaia Temple (Brahmachari Mandir)


This large temple was built in 1860 by the King of Gwalior, Maharaja Jiyaji Scindia, un¬der the order of his guru, Giridharidasa Brahmacari.


Timings: Summer—Mangala 530am; Darsana 830am -1230 and 5pm - 9

Winter—Mangala 6am; Darsana 830am to 1230 and 830


61.Vamsi Vata (Banyan Tree)


This is the famous place mentioned in innumerable songs where Lord Krishna came on the beautiful full moon night of the sarat season (Autumn), and called all the gopis of Vrndavana, simply  by playing an enchanting melody on His transcendental flute. VarhSi means flute and vata means Banyan tree.There used to be a banyan tree standing here from the time of Lord Krishna, but  about 450 years ago, the Yamuna flooded and washed the tree away. Paramananda Gosvami collected one of the branches and planted it in the same spot. While planting the branch, he  discovered the Deity of Goplnatha. This Deity was originally installed 5,000 years ago by Vajranab, the grandson of Lord Krishna. The tree he planted is still there today.


Timings: Summer—Mahgala 4am; Darsana 6am -11 and 5pm - 9

Winter—Mahgala 6am; Darsana 8am -1.00 and 4pm - 7.30


62. Tekari Rani Temple


This beautifully ornate temple is dedicated to Radha and Krishna and was built by the Bihari Queen, Indrajit Kunver in 1871.


Timings: Summer—Mahgala 5am; Darsana 6am -10.30 and 5pm - 8.30

Winter—Mahgala 6am; Darsana 7am -11 and 4pm - 7.30


63. Jiiana Gudri


At this spot underneath the Vata tree (Banyan), Uddhava discussed topics about Lord Krishna's pastimes with Vidura. Uddhava told Vidura that Krishna mentioned no devo¬tee prior to His  disappearance except Vidura, whom He mentioned three times over. This brought torrents of tears to Vidura's eyes when he thought of the Lords mercy upon him. Also at this place, Prayag Raja  Tlrtha (Allahabad) came here in the form of a black horse in order to take bath and relieve himself of all the sins left by pilgrims who visit Prayag. After taking bath at this place, Prayag, in the form  of a black horse, turned into a white horse, having been freed from all the sins. Brijbasis take bath at this same spot when the Yamuna floods during the monsoon.


64. Lala Babu Temple


This is the temple of Krishna Candrama, built in 1810 by the millionaire from Bengal of the name Krishna Candra Sinn, better known as Lala Babu. This is a large temple set in a nice garden,  surrounded by a high wall. Lala Babu renounced the world at an early age and became a vairagi. He also constructed the ghatas surrounding Radha-kunda.


Timings: Summer/Winter same—Mahgala 5am; Darsana 8am -12 and 4pm - 8


65. Brahma Kurida


This is where Lord Brahma offered his prayers to Lord Krishna after he had stolen all the cowherd boys and calves. Bilvamahgala '{Tiakura performed bhajana here for 700 years. Rupa Gosvami  also discovered the Deity of Vrnda Devi on the northern side of this kunda.This kunda (pool) was created from the tears of Lord Brahma, the secondary creator of the universe, when he tearfully  offered his wonderful prayers to I^ord Krishna. It so happened that Brahmajl had been hearing about the wonderful activities of Krishna, the cowherd boy of Vrndavana, and suspecting that He  might be the Supreme Personality of Godhead, decided to test the Lord by playing a trick. One day, while Lord Krishna was taking His lunch along with the cowherd boys, the calves, who were  grazing nearby, were taken away by Lord Brahma. Krishna volunteered to go and see what had happened to the calves and while He was gone, Brahma came and took away all the cowherd  boys. By his mystic powers, he hid both the cowherd boys and the calves in a cave, ^fter putting them all into a deep sleep, he then left for his own planet.On not finding the calves, Lord Krishna  returned and seeing that the cowherd boys were also missing, could understand that this was the trick of the demigod Brahma. As it was time to return home, and He could not return alone, Lord  Krishna decided to expand Himself as the calves and cowherd boys. On reaching the village, nobody could under¬stand that the boys and the calves were missing. Lord Krishna had expanded  Himself to appear like each and every boy, so much so, that the parents of those boys could not understand that this was not their original child.


After Lord Brahma had left, he had second thoughts about his mischief making, and therefore decided to return, in case Krishna had become angry and was going to punish him for his  impudence. Even though for Brahma, only a few moments passed of his time, but here on earth, one whole year had gone by. On arriving back at the scene, Brahma was astonished to see all  the same cowherd boys and calves playing with Krishna, and became even more astonished when all the cowherd boys and calves suddenly transformed into four armed forms of Vishnu.  Brahma could then understand the omnipotency of I^ord Krishna which made Brahma's own display of mystic power look insignificant. Brahma then immediately brought all the cowherd boys  and calves stolen by him and retuned them to the same spot. He then fell on the ground just like a stick and prayed to Lord Krishna to forgive him for his impudence in trying to test the power of  the Lord.At this time, while offering his prayers, Brahma shed torrents of tears which formed a small lake and became known as the Brahma-kunda. Until a few years ago, this kunda was full of  water but at present it has dried up and also fallen into neglect. The Manas Mandir Temple overlooks this kunda, and by climbing to the rooftop, one not only gets a good view of Brahma-kuncla  but also a wonderful panoramic view of the whole of Vrndavana.


66.Rangaji Temple


This temple was built in the South Indian style in 1851 and is dedicated to Lord Rahganatha or Rahgaj! - a form of Vishnu lying down on the Sesa Naga (serpent). This temple has a traditional  gopuram (gateway) and is surrounded by high walls. It is Vrndavana's largest temple. Once a year, a car festival is held known as Brahmotsava, during the month of Chait (March - April) that  lasts for 10 days. The Car (Rath) is pulled to the Rangaji Bhag gardens nearby. It is the only temple in Vrndavana that does not allow foreigners to enter.* In fact, it is one of the few temples in  India that follow this outdated rule. The original Rangaji Mandir is situated at Trichy in Tamil Nadu, and allows entry of all foreigners.(Foreigners may enter the courtyard and walk around the  outside of the temple, they may also enter the museum.)


Timings: Summer—Mangala 4am; Darsana Sam -12 and 3pm - 6

Winter—Mangala 6am; Darsana 8am -11 and 3pm - 7


67.Govindaji Temple


This Deity was established by Srila Rupa GosvamI who was ordered by Lord Caitanya to excavate all the lost holy places of Vrndavana. Five thousand years before, Lord Krishna's grandson,  Vajranaba, installed a number of important Deities in Vrndavana, Govindajl was one of these Deities. Rupa GosvamI searched all over Vrndavana to locate the Yoga Pith, the resting place of the  original Deity of Govindajl, but after months of searching, the Deity could not be found. Rupa GosvamI, feeling disappointed, came and sat by the bank of the Yamuna and shedding tears, began  calling the name of Lord Caitanya - "Ha Caitanya, Ha Caitanya" (Oh Caitanya). Suddenly, a beautiful brijbasi boy appeared and informed Rupa GosvamI that a cow came every day to a nearby  hillock, and emptied its milk into a hole on the hilltop. He asked Rupa to accompany him to the place and see what might be in the hole. Rupa GosvamI followed the boy and upon reaching the  spot, the boy disappeared. Upon looking within the milk drenched hole, Rupa GosvamI im¬mediately fell unconscious in a wave of ecstatic emotions. Upon recovering, he sum¬moned the local  people who excavated the hole and found the beautiful Deity of Lord Govinda. The loud cries of "He Govinda, He Krishna" suddenly reverberated through¬out the sky.The temple of adha-Govinda  began with the help of Raja Man Singh of Amber (Jaipur). It was the most impressive edifice that Hindu art had ever produced in the whole of Northern India. It towered into the sky five storeys  high and was built on top of the hill where the Deity was first discovered, making it the tallest building in this part of India. The temple was completed in 1590.


Less than one hundred years later, Emperor Auran^eb, the Muslim zealot, was stand¬ing on the ramparts of his fort at Agra, and noticed a bright light burning in the far dis¬tance. Upon being  informed that this was the ghee lamp kept atop the Radha-Govinda Temple in Vrndavana, he became furious that a Hindu shrine was taller than any Muslim building and immediately ordered its  destruction. By the time the soldiers arrived, Lord Govindadeva and all the important Deities of Vrndavana had been moved to safer places. The soldiers of Aurangzeb dismantled the top floors of  the Govindajl Temple and des¬ecrated the sanctum sanctorum as well as mutilating all the stone carvings within the temple.


Timings: Darsana 8am -12.30 and 4pm - 9


68.New Govindaji Temple


Situated behind the original Govindajl Temple is this temple, containing the pratibhii-murti of Radha-Govinda. The original Deities are now in Jaipur in the palace grounds of the Maharaja.  Thepratibhu-murti is considered the same as the original Deity.


Timings: Summer—Marigala 4.30; Darsana 7.30am -10.30 and 5.30pm - 7.30 Winter—Mahgala 4.30am; Darsana 8am -11.30 and 4.30pm - 7.30


69.64 Samadhis And Venu Kupa


In the far right hand corner of the 64 samddhi's garden, there used to be a pond which is now dry called Venu Kupa, where Lord Krishna dug His flute (venu) into the ground to produce a fresh  water spring to quench the thirst of the cowherd boys. In this particular garden, Raghunatha Bhatta GosvamI, Subuddhi Raya, and Kaslsvara Pandita performed their bhajana. At this place are  the samadhis of 64 important followers of Lord Caitanya. Besides the three full samadhis, the rest of the samadhis in this garden are either nama, puspa or smrta samadhis, including the  Gosvamls - Rupa, Sanatana, Raghunatha dasa,Gopala Bhatta, Jlva, Lokanatha and Krishna dasa Kaviraja as well as Svarupa Damodara, Candrasekhara Acarya, Ramananda Raya, Sivananda  Sena, KasI Misra, Sikhi Mahiti, Kavi Karnapura, Vasudeva Ghosh, Raghava Pandita, Murari Caitanya, Chota I Iaridasa, Jahnava Mata, Kolaveca Srldhara, Mukunda dasa, Saraiiga Thakura, Kala  Krishna dasa, and others.


Timings: Daily 7am - 9pm


69. Samadhi Of Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami


Entombed here in the 64 samddhis garden are the ashes of Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami. It was decided to cremate his body so that the Muslim fanatics could not desecrate it. This was also  done to Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, who's samadhi is at Radha-kunda. Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami performed his bhajana in this garden.


69. Samadhi Of Kasisvara Pandita


The Godbrother of Lord Caitanya, who was sent by Isvara Purl (Lord Caitanya's spiritual master), to be one of the Lords personal servants at Jagannatha Puri. His sacred body is entombed here  at the place where he did his bhajana, in the garden of the 64 samddhis.


69.Samadhi Of Subuddhi Raya


Sent to Vrndavana by Lord Caitanya, he performed his bhajana at the same place where his body is entombed, in the 64 samddhis garden. He was a close friend of Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami.


70.Katyayani Devi Temple


A very famous temple of Vrndavana. It is said that this is where the hair (katya) of Kali fell from the sky. The gopis used to worship Katyayani Devi in order to get Lord Krishna as their husband.  (This is not the same shrine where the gopis used to worship Katyayani Devi, as they made a Deity from sand and mud, which is the local tradition in these parts.)


71.Pani Ghata


The gopis were on their way to visit the ashram of Durvasa Muni on the other side of the Yamuna. They were taking all kinds of wonderful food preparations for the great muni, in the hope of  getting his blessings. They came down to the Yamuna here and spoke as follows - " dear Yamuna Devi, on the strength of Krishna being a strict brahmachari, kindly allow us to cross ". Upon  hearing the words of the gopis, Yamuna Devi immedi¬ately parted her waters and allowed the gopis to cross. When the gopis reached the ashram of Durvasa Muni, they fed him all the wonderful  preparations they had made. Upon being fully satisfied, Durvasa Muni blessed all the gopis. He gave a special benediction to Radharanlf that whatever She cooks will taste like nectar, and  whoever eats Her cooking will achieve a long life, without getting any disease. It was for this reason that mother Yasoda would ask RadharanI to cook for Krishna every day.


72.Adi Badri Ghata


It is said that Srila Vyasadeva wrote the Tenth Canto of the Bhdgavatam at this spot.


73.Raj Ghata


It was here that Lord Krishna disguised Himself as a boatman, and when the gopis came there to cross the Yamuna River, Krishna insisted that first He would have to wash the feet of one of the  gopis, otherwise, His boat could not take them across the river. When the gopis asked who's feet He would wash, Krishna consulted with His boat and informed them that it was Radharani's feet  that were to be washed. Upon hearing this, RadharanI at first refused, but when she was told by Krishna that the boat refused to take them, she relented and agreed to let Krishna wash Her feet.  After wash¬ing Radharani's feet, Krishna first sprinkled the water on His own head, then on the Yamuna, and then on His boat.After this, the gopis entered the boat and started to cross the  Yamuna. When in the middle of the river, Krishna suddenly stopped rowing and complained that He was feel¬ing very weak, due to hunger. Krishna then suggested to the gopis, that they should  feed Him the milk sweets that they were carrying. At first they refused, but when they saw there was no alternative, they fed all the milk sweets to Krishna. Being completely bloated, Krishna lay  down in the boat, unable to move. On seeing this, RadharanI asked one of the gopis to see what was wrong with the boatman. After checking for a moment, the gopis started to laugh, and pulling  Krishna's flute out from under the boatman's clothing, revealed Krishna's true identity. At this, all the gopis started to laugh and clap their hands.


74.Sri Caitanya Visram Sthali


Lord Caitanya used to sit beneath this Banyan tree at Raja-ghata and rest. It is.situated next to an old Jagannalha temple. It is believed that this Jagannatha Deity belonged to Murari Gupta. One  can see a Tamil tree growing out from the trunk of this Banyan tree.