Radha Raman Mandir is an extremely popular temple in Vrindavan, especially for the Gaudiya Vaishnavs. The deities of Radha Raman Ji was worshipped by Gopal Bhatt Goswami, one of 6 Goswamis of Vrindavan.
The temple is located near Nidhivan. Raman Raman Ji is also called as Radha Raman Lal Ji or Thakur Ji in a loving manner by the vrajvasis here. The darshan of Radha Raman Ji at this mandir is really grand and spectacular.
Every day, there is some or other decoration in the entire courtyard at Radha Raman Temple. Also, the kirtan and Braj rasiya songs are sung here regularly by local vrajavasis and Goswamis. It is deeply melodious and you just feel a strong and powerful spiritual presence here.
Just as you enter the temple, to the left is the actual appearance place of Radha Raman Ji and also the samadhi of Gopal Bhatt Goswami.
|Deity||Radha Raman Ji|
|Acharya (Founder)||Gopal Bhatt Goswami|
|Darshan Timings||Summer: 4.15 AM - 1 PM & 4.30 PM - 9.15 PM
Winter: 4.30 AM - 1 PM & 4 PM - 9 PM
|Famous for||Darshan of Radha Raman Ji, Temple Courtyard, Evening Folk Songs Kirtan|
|Important Sections||Gopal Bhatt Goswami Samadhi, Kitchen|
|Festivals Celebrated||Janmashtami, Radhastami, Radha Raman Ji Prakat Diwas (Appearance Day)|
Appearance Story of Radha Raman Lal Ji
At that time, Gopal Bhatt Goswami was only amongst the 6 Goswamis of Vrindavan who didn't have a personal deity. Once a wealthy merchant visited him and gifted him clothes, jewellery and other valuables.
Gopal Bhatt Goswami became a bit sad and had a feeling that what will he do with all those valuables. He thought to himself that if he would have the deity of Krishna, he would have used it all in to decorate Shyamsundar.
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The next morning when he woke up, he found that one of the 12 shaligram shilas that he used to worship had taken the shape of Radha Raman Ji. He became extremely happy, cried tears of joy and begun the worship of Radha Raman Ji. This is how Radha Raman Ji manifested on own for the loving exchange and devotion of Gopal Bhatt Goswami.
Since then the deity of Radha Raman Ji has been worshipped by the same Goswami family that Srila Gopal Bhatt Goswami appointed for the service of Radha Raman Ji. There are 35 Goswami family tree of the same Goswami family at present who are rendering seva for Radha Raman Ji, and out of these 35, only 5 families are serving in the main altar as per the tradition.
- Morning: 4.30 AM - 12.45 PM
- Evening: 4.30 PM - 9.30 PM
Sometimes, the darshan is open till 10-10.30 PM also but it varies as per important festival or ceremonies.
Note: Two bulbs - one red and one green are there at the entrance of Radha Raman Mandir. If the light is red, the darshan is closed for then, and if it is green, the darshan would be open. There are a lot of short breaks for different arti and bhog even during the normal darshan timings.
Gopal Bhatt Goswami Samadhi
Just near to the left of the entrance, there is a proper temple which is the samadhi of Gopal Bhatt Goswami. It has a very powerful spiritual vibe and is less visited by. You can easily sit here and chant Hare Krishna Mahamantra without any external disturbance as such.
The stove in the kitchen at Radha Raman Mandir is burning since the temple was established 500 years ago.
Radha Raman Ji is Prayojana Vigraha or the deity who reciprocates with the devotee. It requires chanting of Hare Krishna Mahamantra sincerely and crying the holy name so as to exchange beautiful loving reciprocation with the Divine Couple Sri Radha and Sri Krishna.
Gopal Bhatta Goswami is Guna Manjari in Nitya-Goloka Vrindava (One amongst many of Prana-Sakhis of Srimati Radharani).
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