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Monday, 31 October 2011

Nageshwar Temple, Ayodhya

Introduction to the Nageshwar Temple, Ayodhya:

The temple of Nageshwarnath is one of the most frequented temples in Ayodhya. The temple stands tall amidst numerous 'Matths' and 'Akhadaras' that exist in the city of Ayodhya. Nageshwarnath Temple is supposed to be established by Raja Kush, the younger son of Lord Rama. The festival of Shivaratri is celebrated here with great pomp and splendor.


There is a very interesting story behind the establishment of this temple. It is said that Raja Kush lost his armlet, while bathing in the Saryu. He tried to find it but in vain. He became much depressed thinking it to be a bad omen. The armlet was actually picked up by a Nag-Kanya (Snake-damsel), who fell in love with him. She promptly returned the armlet and won the admiration of Raja Kush.

It is claimed that as the Nag-Kanya was a devotee of Shiva, Kush erected this temple for her. The temple has historical essence as well. That is particularly because of the fact that Nageshwarnath has been the only temple to survive till the reign of Chandragupta Vikramaditya; the rest of city had fallen into ruins and was covered by dense forests. It is claimed that it was by means of this temple that Vikramaditya was able to locate Ayodhya and the sites of different shrines here. the numerous temples in Ayodhya, which are integrally related to the rich culture of the Indians, Nageshwar Temple, Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh is an important one. Established by Raja Hush, the younger son of Lord Rama and an important character of the epic Ramayana Nageshwar Temple throw enough light on the culture of Kreta Yug. During the occasion of Shivaratri, which is celebrated with excessive pomp and gaiety, the place has a very joyful ambience.



History of the Nageshwar Temple, Ayodhya:

According to the legend, once Kusha, the younger son of Lord Rama lost his amulet while bathing in the Saryu River and tried to find the same but all his efforts were in vain. He thought that a bad omen had befallen him and this was why he could not find out the amulet. He became extremely depressed. But the amulet was actually picked up by a Nag Kanya who was in love with him. When she returned the amulet to King Kusha, she won his appreciation and admiration.

ince the Nag Kanya was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva, Kusha erected the Nageshwara Temple at Ayodhya for her. Another significant fact about the Nageshwara Temple is that it has survived in the test of time till the reign of Chandragupta II who assumed the title Vikramaditya. No other temple has been able to survive from that time, especially after the advent of the Muslims in India. While the rest of the city was covered with dense forest, this temple has been able to retain its original charm from time immemorial.



Description of the Nageshwar Temple, Ayodhya:

If you come to Ayodhya you shall see a number of mattha scattered here and there. You can also see the Akhadaras that dots the city of Ayodhya. Amidst these beautiful religious laces, is located the invigorating shrine of Nageshwara that constantly reminds us of the epic king Kusha and his admirer Nag Kanya. If you come to Ayodhya, then make sure to visit this beautiful temple. This would surely leave an indelible mark in your minds forever.

Tapeshwari temple

Tapeshwari Devi Mandir is located in the indian state of Uttar Pradesh at the longtitude of 80.36 and lattitude of 26.46. Kanpur is the nearest city from Tapeshwari Devi Mandir.








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Akhileshwar Mahadev Temple, Allahabad

This is a very beautiful Shivji temple in Allahabad



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Stanley Road, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh

Kalyani Devi Temple, Allahabad



The fingers of Sati’s left hand are believed to have fallen at Prayag, which became one of the sacred 51 Shaktipeeths. Two renowned temples, dedicated to Kalyani Devi and Lalita Devi, in the vicinity of each other, lay claim to having been built over the very spot. The ASI dates the beautiful Kalyani Devi idol as 1,500 years old. The temple is being managed by the Pathak family, which has been looking after its administration for three generations now. 

Location 8 km north-west of the Sangam Timings 5.30 am-10.30 pm Temple Tel 0532-2652979

Related info Aartis at 5.30 am and 7.30 pm. Chaitra Navaratri (in March) and Ashwin Navaratri (sometime in late Sep-early Oct) are especially festive with elaborate shringar, and a colourful mela.

Lalitha devi temple, Allahabad

Lalitha devi temple, Allahabad :  www.maalalitadevi.com/

Lalitha devi temple is one of the two Shaktipeeths present in Allahabad. A Shaktipeeth is a temple built at a place where some body part of Sati a believed to have fallen from the sky. Kalyani Devi temple is the other Shaktipeeth in Allahabad and at both these places; fingers of Sati are believed to have fallen.





The temple located near the Bargad Ghat, which is one of the more popular bathing ghats on the banks of Ganga. The main shrine of the temple is a Ling made of mercury and is adorned with bright clothing and gold ornaments.


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The best time to visit the temple is during any of the two narvatris, during which a fair is organized. The main event of the fair features worship of images brought all the way from Bengal. After the fair, these images are immersed in the Holy River.

Alopi Devi Temple, Allahabad

Alopi Devi Mandir is situated in Alopibagh in Allahabad in state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is near to the holy Sangam, or confluence, where the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the legendary Sarasvati meet. Kumbh Mela is near to this place.


This temple is peculiar in a way that there is no statue of any Deity in this temple rather there is a wooden carriage or 'doli' which is worshipped. The origin of the name, Alopi (disappeared) Bagh lies in the Hindu belief that when after the death of his wife Sati, the grieving Lord Shiva travelled through skies with her dead body. Lord Vishnu, to relieve him from this agony, threw his Chakra at the corpse, resulting in the fall of various parts of the body at various places in India, which were sanctified by the touch of the Goddess' body parts and hence were thereby deemed holy places for pilgrimage. The last part fell at this location thereby named as "Alopi" (where disappearance was concluded)and the holiest of all.



The other more convincing version dates back to the time when the entire region was covered by dense forests infested with dreaded dacoits. Once upon a time in that forest happened to pass a marriage procession. Marriage processions, in those days used to be the most vulnerable targets of robbers as they used to return loaded with gold and other riches. While deep into the jungle this marriage party found itself surrounded by robbers, robbers after killing all the men and looting the wealth turned to the 'doli' or carriage of the bride. To their dismay when they unveiled the carriage they found there was no one inside. The bride had magically disappeared. The word went around, history became legend and legend became myth. A temple came up at the site where this incident had happened and locals started worshiping the bride as "Alopi Devi" or the 'virgin goddess who had disappeared'. However, this story provides no convincing explanation as to why the place would be deemed so holy.



Alopi Devi continues to be worshiped by thousands of people living in the region who share every festival, marriage, birth and death with their guarding deity.


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Balkeshwar Mahadev Mandir, Agra

This is one of the ancient temple of Shiva in Agra



Agra is the famous city not only in India but also all over world, for the wonder of the world the Taj Mahal. Agra contains two other UNESCO World Heritage sites first is Fatehpur Sikri and second Agra fort. Every day many foreign and domestic people come to see Taj Mahal. Any body can not see Taj Mahal on Moday because only this day close for public. Agra located in Uttar Parades state; this is 200KM. far in south direction from Delhi and distance from Jaipur city 235KM. in east direction. Agra a part of Indian golden triangle tour destination, other two are Delhi and Jaipur. 
 
Major festivals & events of Agra are Bateshwar fair, Ram barat, Taj Mahotsav , Kailash fair, Sheetla fair and Urs (fatehpur sikri). Agra's famous Parks and gardens are Alasi(lazy) bagh, Grape garden (anguri bagh), Ram bagh, Dayalbagh, Mehtab bagh and Taj Mahal gardens. Popular Temples in Agra are Balkeshwar temple, Kailash temple, Mankameshwar temple, Prithvinath temple, Rajeshwar temple, Shyam ji maharaj temple, Mahakal and mahakali temple and Rawli maharaj temple. For entertainment & recreation Agra has many tourist destination as bird watching, cinemas, theaters, golf and Taj Mahal and fatehpur sikri etc. here available many big shopping markets and shopping malls; you can see Taj Mahal in the Moon night so you go to visit on full The Moon time. Agra located on hot climate area; it's Nov. to Feb average Min. temperature 8C and Max. 22C and April to Oct. average Min. temperature 22C and Max. can go on 43C. Agra fifty percent economy depends on tourist; Agra is also an education hub of Uttar Pradesh states after Allahabad city. Agra's University and colleges are Agra University, Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Central Institute of Hindi, Institute of Engineering & Technology Khandari, Sarojini Naidu Medical College, St. John's College, Anand Engineering College andB.M.A.S Engineering College. Agra tourist information centre are available on airport and railway junction.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Banke Bihari Temple

<From Wikipedia>

Shri Banke Bihari Mandir - Vrindavan - Home www.bihariji.org/


Banke Bihari Mandir is the most popular Hindu temple of Lord Krishna in the holy city of Vrindavan in the Mathura district, especially in the month of Shraavana (July-August). Banke Bihari was originally worshiped at Nidhivana. Banke means “bent in three places” and bihari means “supreme enjoyer.” Lord Krishna will be standing in the Tribhanga posture. Haridas Swami originally worshipped this Deity under the name of Kunji-bihari.


History

Banke Bihari Temple was established by Swami Haridas of the Nimbarka Sampradaya, a contemporary of the six Gosvamis. It is said that he discovered the Banke Bihari deity at Nidhivana, sometime in the 16th century. Banke Bihari was moved here when this temple was constructed in 1864 (some say 1874). Originally Banke Bihariji was worshiped alone. Later a small deity of Radharani was added. The Banke Bihari Temple was close to the Nidivana temple in India.

Rituals

During Jhulan Yatra, the swing festival of Lord Krishna. There are a number of silver-plated and some solid silver ornamented swings, which are shown at this time. The main day of Jhulan Yatra is the third day of the waxing moon, at which time Banke Bihari is placed on a golden swing (hindola). The curtain before the Deities is not left open like at other temples. Every few minutes the curtain is pulled shut and then opened again. It is said that the brilliant eyes of Banke Bihari will make you unconscious if seen for too long a stretch. It is the only temple where loud temple bells are not used to wake Krishna in the morning. It is believed improper to wake a child with a start. He is woken gently. There are thus no bells even for Aarti, as it might disturb Him.



The Deities do not get up until 9 am, because it is believed that Banke Bihari has been up until late at night sporting. Mangala-arati is only one day a year in this temple, on Janmasthami. Only one day a year can the lotus feet of the Deity be seen, on Akshaya Tritiya (Chandan Darshan or Dolotsav), on the third day of the bright half of the month of Vaishaka (April-May). The autumn full moon day is the only day that the Deity holds a flute, and also on this day He wears a special mukut (crown). Banke Bihari comes off his altar and can be seen in full view on the last five days of the month of Phalguna, during the Holi festival. He can be seen with four gopis, who are seen just at this time.

Belon Temple

Belon Temple is located in a small village named Belon near Narora town in Bulandshehar, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is approximately 60 kms from Aligarh-the industrial city.


The Belon temple is dedicated to Devi Sarva Mangala-the Goddess of all wellbeing. It is believed that one who visits this place, gets the blessings of happiness in all aspects. The tourists from many places prefer to visit this place. In Uttar Pradesh, Belon Temple is the place which catches a glimpse of mother goddess; devotees come here to recite prayers.


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Bhitargaon Temple

 


Bhitargaon Temple, located about 32 km south of Kanpur at Bhitargaon, is a 6th century temple constructed with large bricks and mud on a high terrace of 15.41 meter. The art work of the temple is similar to the Gupta period and the elaborate carvings on the exterior brick and terracotta panels shows the skillful craftsmanship of the workers.

The interior of the temple consists only the sanctum and the porch. The sanctum which resembles tri-ratha stands incomplete indicating the absence of an upper chamber. The temple has a central offset on three sides and there is an entrance hall, which is connected by a rectangle passage. The walls are adorned with figures of animals, birds, beasts and sculptures depicting various divinities, myths and stories.

Built in the 6th century during the Gupta Empire, it is the oldest remaining Hindu shrine with a roof and a high Sikhara, though its upper chamber did sustain some damage in the 18th century.


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The construction material is bricks and terracotta.

A Terracotta Panel from Bhitargaon showing a Ramayana Scene

The terracotta plaque reproduced above is now housed in the Brooklyn Museum, U.S.A. On stylistic grounds it can be ascribed to the fifth century and & also be presumed to have originally belonged to the brick temple of Bhitargaon, Kanpur District, Uttar Pradesh. The plaque has been described by Dr. Army Poster (Figures in Clays from Ancient India, No. 52, Brooklyn, 1973) and by Dr. Pratapaditya Pal (The Ideal Image: The Gupta Sculptural Tradition and Its Influence, Fig. 28, p.81, the Asiatic Society, Inc. 1978).   






The brick size is 18"*9"*3" and the other salient features are following:
  • The size of platform on which the temple is built is 36 feet*47 feet.
  • The santum is 15 feet * 15 feet internally.
  • The santum is double story.
  • The wall thickness is 8 feet.
  • The total height from ground to top is 68.25 feet.
  • There is no window.
  • The terracotta sculpture depicts both secular and religious theme such as deities like ganesha adi virah mahisasaurmardani and river goddess. Myths and stories representing abduction of sita and the penance of nara and naryan.
  • Shikara is a stepped pyramid and got damaged by thunder in 1894.
  • The first story of sanctum felled in 1850.
  • Vaulted arch is used here for the first time any where in India.

Chowki Hanuman Mandir, Agra

in Lagre Ki Chawki, Civil Lines, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India



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Gorakhnath Temple, Gorakhpur


Gorakhpur, a small city in the northern region of Uttar Pradesh, is located very close to Kushinagar and Nepal. Sitting on the shores of the River Rapti and Rohini at an elevation of 77 meters from the sea level, Gorakhpur was earlier famous as Ramgarh. It served as the capital of the Koliyas in the ancient days. However after sometime it was named after the renowned saint Goraknath who inspired people to the fullest extent by his preaching. Today this city is visited on a large extent by the travelers. They enjoy sightseeing in this small city to the fullest. However the place that attracts them most on tours to Gorakhpur is Gorakhnath Temple in Gorakhpur.



The Gorakhpur Gorakhnath Temple epitomizes the identity of the city. It is so said because the city itself was named after Mahayogi Guru or sage Gorakhnath. According to a strong belief Guru Gorakhnath meditated in Treta Yug at the place where this splendid temple is standing today.


History of Gorakhnath Temple, Gorakhpur


The Gorakhnath Temple in Gorakhpur is named after the Guru Gorakhnath who attained prosperity in this city and also influenced devotees with his teachings. It is said that this temple is erected at the spot where Gorakhnath did meditation in Treta Yug.

This apart, in the records of the temple it is revealed that the Gorakhpur Gorakhnath Temple structure and shape was transformed over the period of time. In fact many attempts were made to destroy this temple during the rule of the Mughal emperors. Today, the form and shape in which this temple is seen is said to have been conceptualized by late Mahant Digvijaynath and current head priest of the temple Mahant Aveiydyanath.

Description of Gorakhnath Temple, Gorakhpur

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The Gorakhnath Temple in Gorakhpur is standing on the 52 acres of the land. It is exactly positioned in the heart of the city on Gorakhpur-Sonauli state highway. This temple is a good example of peeth of the Nath sect along with Indian sculpture. The most attractive feature of this temple is the garbh griha where sage Gorakhnath is portrayed as a manifestation of Lord Shiva in deep meditation posture. His very sacred charan paduka has been placed close to his mediation site. There is a pond called Mansarovar also in the east of the Gorakhpur Gorakhnath Temple. This pond has been turned into a boating site by the authorities of the temple.

The Gorakhnath Temple in Gorakhpur is almost every day visited by the devotees. But on every Tuesday and Saturday the number of the visitors increases to great extent. During the celebrations of Khichari mela thousands of devotees gather here. This festival falls in the month of January.

Hanuman Dhara, Chitrakoot



This is about 4 Km. to the east of Ramghat at the beginning of the Vindhyas. A stream of cool and clear water originating inside the mountain falls on the idol of Hanuman Ji and loses itself in a kund below.

Introduction to Hanuman Dhara

One of the prime attractions of Chitrakoot is the Hanuman Dhara. Even though the climb up hill is bound to be a bit tiring, the spectacular sight of the spring will certainly dissolve all your fatigue. This cascade is indeed very impressive.

History of Hanuman Dhara
 
The story goes that the spring was created by Rama to give relief to his follower Hanuman when he returned after having set fire to Lanka.

Description of Hanuman Dhara
 
The spring is reached after climbing a flight of 360 steps. Apart from the spring there are several temples which are located here. The deity of Panch Mukhi Hanuman Dhara is worshipped. This five headed idol is highly revered by the people. It is also believed that the kitchen of Sita is located on top of this hill. But what is best about this place is the great view that it offers of the historic town of Chitrakoot. You will be surprised by the fantastic view.

How to reach Hanuman Dhara 
 
Chitrakoot is very well connected by road to the major towns and cities of Madhya Pradesh. The nearest railway station is Chitrakoot Dham Karvi. From here you can get taxis to reach the main area of Chitrakoot. For those traveling by air the nearest airport will be Khajuraho from where you can take a bus. Within the town the local means of transportation are buses, autos and jeeps and you can avail of any of them to reach the Hanuman Dhara.


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Hanuman Sethu Mandir, Lucknow



Inaugurated in January 1966. This ashram includes 2 Neem Karoli Baba murtis, 2 Hanuman murtis, and 2 Shiva Linga. This temple performs a major service in distributing Maharaj-ji's prasad in Lucknow, and seems to be one of the most visited temples in the city. The ashram is always decorated as for a bhandara, thanks to a devoted staff.


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Maharaj-ji said that Lucknow Sankat Mochan Hanuman-ji (known as "the wish fulfilling Hanuman") is "the Governor General of all Hanuman's." Wall murals depict: Ram and Sita, and Ram and Laxshman with Hanuman and the army of monkeys and bears building the bridge to Lanka.


A Mahasamadhi Bhandara is held here shortly after the mahasamadhi bhandara in Kanpur. A very limited number of westerners are occasionally accommodated at this ashram.

Address

Shree Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple
Hanuman Setu,
University Road,
Lucknow-226 007

Hanumangarhi, Ayodhya


Location: Right in the very center of Ayodhya
Ideal Time to Visit: Anytime round the year, From Sunrise to Sunset
Attraction: Cave Temple
How to Reach: Hire a cab or Auto from the hotel or take a rickshaw if you happen to stay in the vicinity.


Hanuman Garhi temple is easily approachable from the rest of Ayodhya as it is situated right in the center of the town. The temple is a must visit during your trip to Ayodhya. The temple is an important site both in terms of religion as well as architecture and is thus hot among the tourists visiting Ayodhya. Hanuman Garhi is a massive structure in the shape of a four-sided fort with circular bastions at each corner.




Hanuman Garhi is actually a cave temple that is approachable by a flight of 76 steps. The manner in which this temple has been carved out is mesmerizing. One has to take the curved flight of stairs to reach this spot that is said to be once inhabited by Lord Hanuman. Lord Hanuman was the escort and guard of Lord Rama during and after his campaign against Lanka.

If one goes by the legend, Hanuman lived in this cave and guarded the Janambhoomi or Ramkot. The sanctum contains the statue of Mata Anjani holding infant Hanuman on her lap. The statue itself is unimpressive and one has to struggle in dark while figuring out the statue. The faithful believe that all their wishes are granted with a visit to this holy shrine.

Krishnajanmabhoomi, Mathura

 

Mathura - Lord Krishna's Cradle


http://mathura.nic.in/ District government website


Mathura caters to the needs of religious people with its splendid temples and also to the adventurous people through the Govardhan Hill. Trek up this mystical hill to get your adrenaline pumping!
The beautiful city of Mathura lying on the banks of the great river Yamuna is considered to be one of the most ancient cities known to mankind. The history of Mathura dates back to 1600 B.C. going by the archaeologists. The city is considered to be the birth place of Lord Krishna according to Hindu mythology. The city is one of the most prominent places in the epic Mahabharata. It is known as the ‘Athens of ancient India’.





The famous Greek traveler wrote about Mathura as the biggest kingdom rule by a small king in his book about his Indian odyssey ‘Indika’. He also described the people of Mathura as culturally rich and highly organized.

Mathura Attractions


A trip of two days would be sufficient for the city of Mathura. The main place of interest in Mathura is the Krishna Janma Bhoomi. There are two parts here. The first is the prison where Lord Krishna is said to have been born to his real parents, Vasudev and Janaki. They were held captives by the evil king Kamsa. Visit the prison cell on the first day of your trip.


The prison cell is the most sacred place for all Hindus because this is the only place where a God is believed to be born on earth. The prison is said to radiate positive energy. Then there is a temple outside the prison depicting Lord Krishna dancing with his beloved Radha. Take a small tour around the entire Krishna Janma Bhoomi and make sure you visit the temple by the end of the first day. You can also pay the Government Museum a small visit by the evening. This government museum in Mathura displays artifacts that date back to the B.C. The remains of the Maurya, Gupta and Kushan Empire are displayed here. There is also a Jama Masjid mosque built by Nabir Khan. This mosque is known for its beautiful minarets and the ceiling paintings. Ont he second day, visit other places like the Dwarakadeesh temple and the Mathura Jain temple complete the rich heritage of Mathura.

Other things to do


If religious and historical places can’t please you, you can venture out to the Govardhan hill and take a trek up to the Vishram Ghats where huge river turtles can be sighted. Lord Krishna is said to have slayed a number of demons in these areas and small temples are erected at all these places. The best time to visit this place is during September when Krishna Jayanthi is celebrated. The places brims with festive celebrations thought the month. The best souvenirs to take back home from Mathura are the idols of Lord Krishna at different stages of his life in Mathura. Also Mathura has a horde of famous handicraft emporiums and jewelry shops.

Reaching There



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Mathura is located nearly 50 kms away from Agra and 155 kms away from Delhi. Mathura is well connected to all the main cities of North India via rail as well as road. The nearest airport is at New Delhi, just a three hour journey. Nearby cities which are prominent are Agra, Gwalior and Alibargh. Mathura, though being an ancient city, is catching up with times by revamping its entire transport system and by introducing world class hotels to accommodate the heavy inflow of tourists.

Staying There


There are hotels to suit every one’s budget and necessities. Room rates start from 700 INR and can go up to 4500 INR. The best way of local transport is to hire an auto rickshaw for a day, which would cost around 500 INR. A two day trip for a couple to Mathura would roughly cost about 7000 INR. Mathura is the best place to go for those who love to explore religious places and practices in India!

Sita Kund, Mirzapur


                  

Sita Kund is one of the revered sites in the destination, which is associated with mythological legend of Ramayana. As per the legend, when Goddess Sita was thirsty on her voyage from Lanka, Lakshman pricked an arrow on the earth for water at this site. The water emerged in the form of a perennial spring. The revered tank known as Sita Kund is visited by devotees in large number, due to the holistic importance of the water. As per the belief of folklore, this water quenches thirst besides relieving visitors from misery. Sita Kund can be reached after a plight of 48 steps from the base. Along with the holy site, there is a Durga Devi Temple on the hillock.  

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Mankameshwar Mandir, Agra





MankaMeswar, an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located about 2.5 km form Taj Mahal. This temple, surrounded by Mughal buildings, is an excellent example for the peaceful coexistence of Hindus and Muslims during the Mughal rule. It is a worthy place to visit because it displays the traditional Hindu architecture.


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Friday, 28 October 2011

Sri Radha Raman Mandir, Vrindavan


Please visit the wonderful page of the Czech devotees (c)
http://www.vaisnava.cz/clanek_en.php3?no=180

some pictures here courtesy of that page
Chandan Goswami (Padmanabha Goswami's son), runs a great website: http://www.shriradharaman.com
Sri Radharaman Temple was established by Gopal Bhatta Goswami.




Sri Radharamana's lotus face is like Sri Govindaji's, His chest is like Sri Gopinath's and His lotus feet are like Sri Madanmohanji's. By taking darsan of Radharaman one receives the simultaneous darsan of these three primary Deities of Vrindavan.







This is Ramanji in His Aulai outfit. The Aulai darshan is for sandhya aarti in the early evening. Aulai means "I'm bringing (dinner)" as Krishna is all cleaned up from cow-hearding, and is impatient to eat as He's hungry, and so Yashoda, says "Aulai, Aulai" to pacify Him that she's bringing Him His food...



The Deity of Sri Radharaman was manifested from one of Gopal Bhatta Goswami's salagram-silas on the full moon day of Vaisakha (April/May) in 1542.

This event is celebrated every year (May) by bathing the Deity with 100 liters of milk and other auspicious items. Gopal Bhatta Goswami's other salagram-silas are also worshiped on the altar. There is no Deity of Radharani with Radharaman, but gomati-cakra is worshipped on the altar to His left. According to an injunction of Sri Hari-bhakti-vilas, a gomati-cakra is to be worshipped along with a salagram-sila.






Radharaman is one of the few original Deities of the Goswamis still in Vrindavan. Other Deities went to Jaipur, but Radharaman never left Vrindavan. The fires for cooking in the temple kitchen have been burning continuously for over 435 years, since the Deity was installed. This is so no foreign elements, such as matches, are used for ignition purposes.







The Temple is located at the end of the road coming from the walled Nidhuvan gardens.


One rich businessman made an offering of clothes crowns, and jewllery to Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami, who lamented that, as he was worshipping Sri Shaligram which was round just like a stone he could not dress, or put crowns and jewellery like the other Goswamis were doing with their Deities. Lamenting in this way, the Goswami took rest. Early the next morning when he came to offer the seva arpanam puja for the Shaligrams he discovered that one of the Silas (Damodar) had transformed into the most beautiful three fold bending Deity of Krishna, Who had manifested Himself out of love, just to receive loving worship from Gopal Bhatta Goswami. The name Radha Raman means "one who gives pleasure to Srimati Radharani". This is one of the numerous names of Lord Sri Krishna. There is no external manifestation or Deity of Srimati Radharani in the temple but there is a crown next to Ramanji that represents Her presence.




This is the entrance to the Radha Raman Gosai compound




Just as a word of caution, these days there are many micheivious monkey who lurk around the walls and roof tops of this compound waiting for unsuspecting pilgrims who they then pounce upon and steal your glasses, bead bags or any food that you may be carrying to bring as an offering to the Deity. Be careful and remove any such items and keep all items in your bag and out of their sharp eye's reach.



....if you look carefully you will notice one monkey sitting waiting on the balcony for his moment.......and a few over to the left.



There's a safe place to keep shoes just around to the right, and for a very small donation someone will guard your shoes from the monkeys.
DO NOT leave shoes outside the temple door as these people have, and PLEASE DO NOT take them inside the door.




Timings:
 
Summer - Mangala Arati 4:00am
Darshan - 08:00am thru' 12:30pm
(look out for the green light when you first enter the Gosai compound, up on the left)
(If it is red then darshan is over)
Evening Darshan:  - 6pm - 8pm (18:00 - 20:00 hrs)
Winter - Mangala Arati 05:30am
Darshan - 08:00am - 12:30pm
Evening - 6pm - 8pm (18:00 - 20:00 hrs)








Zoomed in for close-up darshan


The standard of worship at samadhi and temple is exemplary and Srila Prabhupada wanted his disciples to learn Deity worship from local pujaris.
 
 




Radharaman Riding Silver Elephant

October 2nd 2006 was the Rama Vijayotsava, also known as Dasshera, the day that Lord Ramacandra conquered over Ravana. On this day every year, Sri Sri Radharamanaji performs a victory ride on a huge 4? silver elephant. This year Sri Padmalocan Goswami was the pujari for this event. We waited anxiously till almost quarter to seven to relish this incredible darshan.
After aratika, Padmalocana Goswami surprised us all by taking the Salagram Silas in an ornate silver cart on a Rathayatra circumambulating Sri Radharamanji. Unfortunately, he was moving too fast for us to get a good photo of the Rathayatra. The photos presented here were taken by a Swedish disciple of Devamrita Swami named Karunapurna Devi Dasi, who is on her first visit to the Holy Dhama, Sri Vrindavan.
Sri Sri Radharamana lala ki jaya!
In service of Srimati Vrinda Devi,
Deena Bandhu das









Following are a couple of pictures of His undergoing an Abhishek bathing ceremony,

where He is bathed in pleasing items such as milk, yogurt, ghee, sugar water and honey. 




Being bathed in cow's milk 



Half covered still in yogurt, the ghee is poured over His Divine form 



After all the auspicious items are offered to Him He is bathed again using waters from the Sahasra-dhara sieve 




This black and white shot shows RadhaRaman's real natural beauty and fine detail. Skeptics have speculated that His fine features were carved but devotional scientists from Indian universities have concluded that there are no marks on His body to suggest that He was in any way carved or otherwise manipulated by man. His form as you see it here is cent per cent swayam vyakta - self manifesting. Sri Sri Radha Raman ki jaya





Radha Raman dressed in Sandalwood pulp for Chandan yatra
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's kaupina (cloth) and asana (seat), which Gopal Bhatta Goswami brought from Jagannath Puri, are also in this temple. They are brought out to be seen by the public three or four times a year. The asana is black wood and is about 30 cm (12") by 25 cm (10").

 
Before large temples were built, the Goswamis worshiped their Deities simply, keeping them in a tree under which they slept......Radha-raman Deity was adored in a tree for centuries. In the area of the present Radha-raman temple, there used to be a large lake, connected to the Yamuna river......For a couple of hundred years they worshiped Radha-raman in a tree, and at night put him in a boat anchored in the middle of a lake......They stood guard with bows and arrows, if anyone came to hassle the Deity. Even today, they have the bows and arrows in the temple.

 
Besides daily puja there are other festivals held at the samadhis. Upon taking initiation into Gaudiya-vaisnava Sampradaya, a new disciple may sponsor a special uttsava (festival) consisting of hari-nama sankirtana (chanting of the name of the Lord), bhagavatha-katha (discourses about the Lord) and offer an opulent feast of prasadam to present Vaisnavas and Braja-vasis (residents of Vrindavan).





The Radharaman Temple was not attacked by Aurangzeb's soldiers because they mistakenly thought it to be just residential quarter. Because of this Radha Raman ji never left Vrindavan like so many of the other Goswami's Deities.
 
 







Gopal Bhatta Goswami's samadhi is to the left after you enter the first gate from the street into the temple compound. Gopal Bhatta Goswami was the son of Vyenkatta Bhatta, a brahmana priest of Srirangam Temple in Tamil Nadu. His uncle Prabhodananda Sarasvati also became his spiritual master. In 1511 Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu visited Srirangam a danced in ecstasy before Lord Ranganath...



 




 


...Vyenkata Bhatta invited Lord Chaitanya to stay at his house during Chaturmasya in Sri Rangam. Gopal Bhatta was at that time small boy and got the chance to serve the Lord and hear directly from Him. After some time Lord Chaitanya left on his tour to South India and told Gopal Bhatta to go in the future to Vrindavan...

...Gopal Bhatta became learned in Sanskrit, poetry, rhetoric and all aspects of devotional service. After passing of his parents, he left home and proceeded towards Vrindavan where he joined Rupa and Sanatan...

...After some time studying in Vrindavan Gopal Bhatta made a trip to Nepal. One day when he was taking bath in Kali-Gandakini river, he dipped his kamandalu into the water and 12 silas mysteriously entered his water pot...
...He put them back into the water and dipped the kamandalu again in the water of the holy river, but the silas again entered his water pot...

...When it happened for the third time, Gopal Bhatta realized, that those are not ordinary stones, but they must be some very special ones and there must be some divine arrangement behind it. He kept them in a cloth bag hung around his neck and from that time on he started to worship them and then returned to Vrindavan...

...As previously mentioned, once he intensely desired to decorate his salagram as the other Goswamis could decorated their Deities, then seat Him on a swing and serve Him as other devotees can. "If only He had arms and legs like a Deity," he thought...


...Lord Krisna, being very kind to His devotees, that very night transformed Himself from one of small salagram-sila into threefold form of Radharaman. If one has darsan of Radharaman's back, one will see that it resemble salagram-sila. Although the Deity is quite small many devotees find Him to be extremely attractive.





The appearance place of the Sri Radharaman Deity is next to the temple besides Gopal Bhatta's samadhi.



Gopal Bhatta was actually originating the Sat-Sandarbhas, later elaborately developed by Jiva Goswami, he also edited Hari-bhakti-vilas which Sanatan Goswami edited to call Dik Darshini Tika. His most prominent disciple was Srinivas Acharya.

Gopal Bhatta Goswami was no other than Ananga Manjari, one of the eight intimate maidservants of Srimati Radharani.

Raj Rajeswari Jai Kela Devi Mandir, Firozabad



Raj Rajeswari Jai Kela Devi Mandir firozabad. Its construction start year 1981 in december month and complete 23 march 1991. its very famous temple of the firozabad.

Firozabad is located in north central India, in western Uttar Pradesh state, 40 km away from Agra and around 240 km away from Delhi, at the northern edge of the Deccan Plateau, at 27°09′N 78°24′E. The height above sea level is 164 meters (540 ft). The district is well connected by rail and bus routes to major cities. The nearest airport is Agra. The boundaries of district touch Etah district in north and Mainpuri and Etawah districts in the east. The Yamuna river makes its southern boundary


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