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Vrindavan is the city of temples. There are more than 5000 temples.

Sri Radha Raman Temple
Gopal Bhatta Goswami established this temple. The Deity of Sri Radha-Raman was manifested from one of Gopal Bhatta Goswami's shalagram-shilas on the full moon day of Vaisakha (April/ May) in 1542. This event is celebrated every year (May) by bathing the Deity with 1000 liters of milk and other auspicious items. The remnants of this abhiseka (bathing) are like nectar. Gopal Bhatta Goswami's other shalagram-shilas are worshiped on the altar here. The appearance place of the Sri Radha-Raman Deity is next to the temple. Radha-Ramanji is one of the few original Deities of the Goswami's still in Vrindavana. The standard of worship in this temple is very high. . The wooden sitting place (Choki) and the shawl (chaddar) that was gifted to him by Lord Chaitanya also find their place within this temple. These can be seen six times a year. Gopal Batta's Samadhi is located here. The fires for cooking in the temple kitchen have been burning continuously since the Deity was installed over 470 years ago.



Sri Radha Madan Mohan Temple
This famous temple was established by Srila Sanatan Gosvami and was the first red stone temple to be built in Vrindavan, which at that time was just a forest. It stands at a height of 60 foot. The original Deity of Madana-Mohana was taken to Karauli (Rajasthan ) in the year1670 for safety during the attack on Vrindavan by the soldiers of the fanatical Muslim Emperor, Aurangzeb.
At the foothills, there is yet another Madan Mohan Temple that is far newer and is believed to have been built by Sri Nand Kumar Bose of Bengal. Here too Madan Mohan deities are worshipped.

Sri Radha Vallabh Temple
Another very popular temple of Vrindavan which was founded by Sri Harivamsa Gosvami, who started the Radha Vallabha sect emphasizing devotion to Radharani. In this temple, there is no deity of Radharani, but a crown has been placed next to Krishna to signify her presence. The original temple of Sri Radha Vallabha was destroyed by the Muslims in 1670 and a new temple was built beside the old one.
People of all caste, creed and religion come here in order to pay their highest tribute to the love-lorn souls, Radha-Krishna. 

Sri Govind Dev Temple, Vrindavan:

Govind Dev Temple is one of the most sought after Holy Places in Vrindavan. The temple is a specimen of advanced archeology. It was constructed in 1590 by Raja Man Singh of Amber. It was sacked during the Mughal era by Aurangzeb who in one of his demolition spree destroyed the upper four floors. The ceiling of the main hall is decorated with a sculptured lotus which weighs over several ton. Now the temple lies empty and without any embellishment as such.
The original deity of Sri Govind Dev ji now in city palace of Jaipur.

Sri Radha Damodar Temple
This is one of the most important temples in Vrindavan. The original deity was hand carved by Rupa Gosvami and given as a gift to his beloved disciple, Jiva Gosvami, who later built a temple here. Formerly this spot was in the middle of Seva-kunja and it was the bhajana (where he sang devotional songs) place of Rupa Gosvami.
The Samadhi of Srila Rupa Gosvami, Srila Jiva Gosvami and Srila Krishna Dasa Kaviraj Gosvami are all located within the precincts of the temple. The bhajan place of Jiva Goswami is also inside the premises of the temple.

Sri Gopesvar Mahadev Mandir
The Siva-linga in this temple was installed by Vajranabha, the great grandson of Krishna.
As the name suggests, the Sri Gopesvara Mahadeva Mandir, enshrines Lord Mahadeva. For the Shaivaites, it is a great privilege to visit this temple. A visit to this temple is said to remove pains and pangs of life and so if you are an ardent follower of Lord Shiva, then you should have a visit to this temple at least once in your lifetime

Sri Radha Madhav Mandir (Jaipur Mandir)
One of Vrindavan's most opulent temples, it was built by the Maharaja of Jaipur, Sawai Madhav, in 1917 after 30 years of labour. The fine hand-carved sandstone is of unparalleled workmanship, the huge pillars that hold up the roof are each carved from one solid rock, and the intricately fashioned marble on the altar is reminiscent of the Mughal period. The Maharaja financed the railway line that connects Vrindavana with Mathura, just for the purpose of hauling the huge pieces of sandstone used in the temple construction. The deities worshipped here are Sri Sri Radha-Madhava, Ananda-bihari and Hansa-gopala.

Sri Radha Gokulanand Temple
Here is the Radha-Vinod Deities of Lokanath Goswami, Radha-Gokulananda Deities of Viswanath Cakravarti, and Caitanya Mahaprabhu Deity of Narottama Dasa Thakur, Vijaya Govinda Deities of Baladeva Vidyabhusana, and the Govardhan-shila given to Raghunath Dasa Goswami by Sri Caitanya. Also, the samadhis of Srila Lokanath Goswami, Srila Narrottama Dasa Thakura, and Viswanath Cakravarti Thakura lie here.
Viswanath Cakravarti arranged to have this temple built.

Shahji Temple
Shahji Temple, Vrindavan is one of the best known Holy Places in Vrindavan. The temple is unique in its own way and has gained a lot of popularity due to its magnificent construction. This has been constructed by the wealthy merchant by the name Shah Kundan Lal of Lukhnow. This was done in the year 1876. . It has spiral columns each 15 feet high. You can also come across the magnificent Belgian Glass chandeliers at the Basanti Kamra - the darbar hall. There are some striking paintings as well which adorn the interior of the temple. Even if you are not a religious minded
The temple has been dedicated to Radha-Krishna...

Sri Banke - Bihari Temple
Built in 1864, it is one of Vrindavana's  popular temples and famous all over India. The Deity of Banke-bihari was discovered in Nidhuvana by Swami Haridasa. A contemporary of the six Gosvamis, Swami Haridasa known for his devotional bhajanas, was the guru of the famous musician Tansen.

Seva Kunj
The Seva Kunj is where Lord Krishna once performed the Raaslila with Radha-Rani decorating her hair with flowers and her lotus feet. Radha and Krishna would sometimes spend the night here, dancing with the gopis and enjoying transcendental pastimes. There is also a small temple dedicated to Radha and Krishna's pastimes called Rang Mahal.

Kesi Ghat
this is the place where Lord Krishna killed the Kesi demon who appeared in the form of a gigantic horse and then took His bath in this very same ghata. This is also very famous bathing place in Vrindavan. An arati (prayer with lamps) to Yamuna Devi is held here every evening.

Sri Rangji Temple
This South Indian style temple was built by the wealthy Seth family of Mathura in the year 1851, and is dedicated to Lord Ranganatha , a form of Lord Vishnu lying down on the Sesa Naga (celestial serpent). This temple has a traditional South Indian gateway and is surrounded by high walls. It is one of Vrindavan's largest temples. Once a year a grand car festival (Ratha Yatra) is held known as Brahmotsava, during the month of Chait (March - April), a festival that lasts for 10 days.

Sri Radha-Gopinath Temple
Gopinathji was originally installed in Vrindavana by Vajranabha, the great grandson of Krishna. When the Muslims raided Vrindavana, the original Gopinath Deity was taken to Jaipur. The Gopinath Deity in Jaipur and Lord Krishna are said to exactly resemble each other from Their shoulders down to the waist.

Sri Radha-Syamasundar Temple

These are the Deities of Syamananda Prabhu. Darshan is from 8.30 to 11 am and 5 to 8 pm. It is one of the seven major temples in Vrindavana. Syamananda's Samadhi is across the street and down from the entrance of the temple.


Sri Krishna Balram Temple
Built by the International Society for Shri Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), it is one of the beautiful temples in Vrindavan. The principal deities of this temple are Krishna, his brother Balram and Radha (Krishna's consort.) Adjoining the temple is the samadhi of Shri Prabhupada, the founder of the ISKCON sect, built in pure white marble. Hare Krishna devotees from all around the world flock here, bringing a truly international flavor to this ancient holy city.

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