Sri Radha Damodar Mandir
#5 of 14 Places to Visit in Vrindavan
Distance (From Vrindavan Railway Station): 1 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour
Transportation Options: Cab / Auto
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At a distance of 1 km from Vrindavan Railway Station, Sri Radha Damodar Mandir is an ancient temple situated at Loi Bazar near Seva Kunj in Vrindavan.
Sri Radha Damodar Mandir was established by Srila Jiva Goswami in the year 1542 AD. The deities of Sri Radha Damodar were given to Srila Jiva Goswami by his guru, Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhupada and have been worshipped here. Later during the attack of Aurangzeb on Vrindavan, the idols of Radha Damodar were shifted to Jaipur for some time and were brought back to Vrindavan in 1739 AD.
The bhajan kutir and Samadhi of Srila Rupa Goswami as well as the Samadhi's of Srila Jiva Goswami, Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami, Bhugarbha Goswami and the bhajan kutir of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada are present in the temple premises. Jiva Goswami established a library here, where he stored all the original manuscripts of the Goswamis. The Vrindavan Research Institute has been able to preserve some of the original library, including autographed manuscripts of Sanatana Goswami and Rupa Goswami.
There is a Govardhana - Shila in this temple, called Giri Raj Charan Shila that was worshiped by Sanatana Goswami. It has Lord Krishna's footprint on it. During Kartika season, the day after Diwali is celebrated as Annakut Mahotsav in which Giriraj Shila is placed out from the Garbha Graha for devotees Darshan.
Timings: 6.30 AM - 12.30 PM and 5 PM - 9.30 PM in summer, and 7.30 AM - 1 PM and 4.15 PM - 8.45 PM in winter.