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Bankey Bihari Temple
One of the most important and vibrant temples is the Bankey Bihari, reached down an alleyway where one can expect to see devotees engaged in simple acts of worship such as ecstatically clashing small cymbals together as they move in time to ancient rhythms. The Bankey Bihari Temple houses a sacred image of Krishna known as Thakur Ji, which shows Krishna with an almost blackened body. Devotees enter the shrine room carrying garlands of flower petals and offer them to the spirit of the statue as Brahmins move back and forth in front of the icon, occasionally drawing across the curtain to shroud the object of devotion for a moment. The curtain is then drawn back and a great cry of Thakur Ji ! issue forth from the crowd.

ISKON Temple
One of the most impressive temples is another new construction, the ISKON temple, which was built with funds coming from devotees overseas. Here, the marble buildings almost glow with a light of their own and there is evidence of intricate carving. It owes its existence to Swami Prabhupada, a Hindu devotee born in Bengal in 1896. Today, ISKON is a worldwide movement with followers from many different ethnic backgrounds.

Sri Rangji Mandir
Sri Rangji Mandir is dedicated to Lord Sri Goda-Rangamannar. Goda or Andal as she is popularly known in South India was a famous 8th century Vaishnava saint who had composed "Tiruppuvai" which centers around her love for her beloved Lord Krishna and his leela bhoomi Vrindavan. She pines for him, fasts for him, sings songs in his praise and wants to attain him by marrying him. Lord Ranganatha who is none other than Krishna answers her prayers by becoming her bridegroom. In Sri Rangji Mandir, Lord Krishna is present as the bridegroom with a walking stick in his hand as is the custom in a traditional south Indian marriage. To his right is Andal and to his left Garuda, the vahana of Lord Krishna.

RADHA VALLABHA
Radha Vallabha Temple is built in the year 1626. This temple is of special architectural interest as remnant of ancient hindu architecture. The Shrine was demolished in the 17th century and the huge structure only the plinth remains. It is one of the famous tourist spots in Mathura. Radha Vallabha temple of Vrindavan was founded by Harivamsa Goswami, 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 Radha Vallabha was destroyed by the Muslims in 1670 and a new temple was built beside the old one.

Mirabai Temple
This temple in the name of one of the greatest devotee of Lord Krishna situates adjacent to Radha damodar temple. It was built in the year 1841 by the then Diwan of Bikaner, Shri. Narayana Singh Bhatti.

Radha Raman Temple
Radha Ramana Temple was established by Gopala Bhatta Goswami. He is one of the six Gosvamis of Vrindavan who followed the prinicples of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu strictly. This beautiful Deity is self-manifested from a saligram sila and has a mystic smile on HIs face sometimes showing teeth and sometimes not. For those images contact aishwarya@radhashyamsundar.con

Shyam Sundar Temple
Shyam Sundar Temple is a splendid shrine located centrally in the city of Vrindavan. It exudes extreme divinity and allures pilgrims. It is believed that the idol of Lord Krishna has self manifested from the heart of Radha Rani. Also, for the last 500 years, this Krishna idol adorns the sanctum without any considerable change. In effect, it is one of the most popular shrines in Vrindavan and houses the most beautiful idol of the Lord. It is a popular belief here that the Lord in this shrine fulfils all desires. This attracts devotees to the temple premises in large numbers. The festival of Jasnmashtami and other occasions are celebrated with grandeur in the temple. The festivities are marked with immense religious fervour and gaiety, which are increased by the magnetic charm of highly embellished deity. In effect, it is one of the esteemed abodes of the Lord, where the sight of Lord Shyam Sundar fills the earthly abode of human with spirituality and holiness.

Gokul Nanda temple
Gokul Nanda temple in Vrindavan is an ancient temple that holds the idols of Radha-Vinoda of Lokanatha Gosvami, the bigger deities of Vijaya Govinda of Baladeva Vidyabhusana and the Radha-Gokulananda deities of Viswanath Chakravarti. It also holds a Govardhana shila, which contains thumbprint of Lord Chaitanya. It is believed that lord Chaitanya gave this shila to Raghunath Dasa Gosvami.

Govind Deo Temple
In the town Vrindaban (formerly Brindaban), which is along the Yamuna River upstream from Agra, Man Singh of Amber (Jaipur) built a remarkable temple to Govind Deo, the divine cowherd and an avatar of Krishna. Man Singh was a contemporary of the Emperor Akbar, and the shape of the building echoes Akbar's own works at the same time as it celebrates an utterly different tradition.

Sri Rangji Mandir
Sri Rangji Mandir is dedicated to Lord Sri Goda-Rangamannar. Goda or Andal as she is popularly known in South India was a famous 8th century Vaishnava saint who had composed "Tiruppuvai" which centers around her love for her beloved Lord Krishna and his leela bhoomi Vrindavan. She pines for him, fasts for him, sings songs in his praise and wants to attain him by marrying him. Lord Ranganatha who is none other than Krishna answers her prayers by becoming her bridegroom. In Sri Rangji Mandir, Lord Krishna is present as the bridegroom with a walking stick in his hand as is the custom in a traditional south Indian marriage. To his right is Andal and to his left Garuda, the vahana of Lord Krishna.

Srila Prabhupada
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), of which Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Temple is a part, was founded by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in the year 1966, in New York City. By 1977, when he left the planet, he had established 108 temples all over the world. Even after his departure he continues to inspire men of this mortal world spiritually, through his writings, through his biography, and through his followers. And today, there are more than 500 temples of ISKCON all over the world.

 
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