* THE DIVINE ARRIVAL
THAKUR SHRI RADHA GOPINATHJI MAHARAJ TO
The History was
enriched with a Golden Page When Thakur Shri Radha-Gopinathji Maharaj
Enshrined in The Present Mandir Shri Gopinathji, Jaipur at Purani
and extended His Divine Blessing Hand to the wellbeing of this world class
heritage city, the Pink City Of India.
.......The Divine Delight of HIS Presence and The Perennial Fountain of Spritual
Solace started Gliding
Across the Atmosphere !!
physically HE resides in this Temple,
Practically HE is in the Breaths of The People. HE is Their Faith, Their Inspiration, Their
Friend, Philosopher & Guide! HE
is not only a Sacred Image of Worship; But HE lives in them and The People Live
in HIM. In HIM Somebody finds
his Brother, Somebody his Friend (Sakha), yet Somebody else his Medicine and
Shelter and So On
Majharaj cannot be seen separately from the life of people of Jaipur.
number of people of Vaishnava Discipline from across the world
come here to pay their homage & take a dive into this Celestial Stream of Boons
& Blessings !
is the Legend, Bajranabh – The Great Grand Son of Lord Shri
SOME 5,000 YEARS BACK WHEN HE WAS AROUND 13 YEARS OF AGE,
he asked his Grand Mother (daughter-in-law of
as to how Lord Shri Krishna looked like; Then He made an image as per the
description given by her. She
however, said that not all but the Feet of that image looked like those of Lord
Shri Krishna. He made another
image, yet she said that the
Chest looked like that of Lord Shri Krishna.
Thereafter, He made the Third Image and looking at the same she felt Blush and
Nodded that yes that was what Lord Shri Krishna Looked Like!!! The First One
came to be known with the
Name Lord "Madan Mohanji".
Second One got recognition as Lord "GOPI NATHJI".
AND the Third One is LORD
With passing of ages the glories of the Indian
Culture were being forgotten and the sands of time kept piling up.
Togetherwith every other thing these pious divine images were also lost from the
memories of people. Some 500 years ago Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu took his
birth on the Indian Soil and did the massive work to remove the layers of
ignorance & infuse back in our lives the forgotten vitality of great grand
Dham had become almost a Jungle by the early 16th Century. No trace of the
original place was left at the site.
Mahaprabhuji, in the year 1502 Shri Madhu Pandit came to Vrindavan to dedicate
himself to the Divine Cause. The DIVINITY in his dreams inspired him to
reveal out from under the Yamuna earth, the Holy Divine Images of LORD GOPINATH
AND RADHA RANII. In pursuit of the same, on Magh Shukla Purnima Samvat
1560 (year 1503) amidst ceremonial Naam Sankirtan, from under the sacred
soil of river Yamuna At VANSHI VAT, Lord Gopinath with Radhey Rani
With all sacred
rituals, observing the Madhviya Gaudia Sampradaya cult the regular worship of
Radha-Gopinath started in the cottage .
The Great Founder
of the Madhviya Gauria Sampradaya, 1008 Shri Chaitanya Dev Mahaprabhu is
believed to be the spiritual incarnation of Lord Shri Krishna Himself and thereby goes the saying :
He had a unique white golden complexion and, therefore, gained the
name of "Gaurang Deva". "Gaur" was his popular name. After Him ‘Bengal’ came to be known as 'Gaur Desh'
Nitai was his elder
was born in
Navadwipa ( West Bengal) at Mayapur on Phalgun Purnima in 1486 A.D.. Therefrom begins the History of This Glorious Heritage which this Thikana of Mandir Shri Gopinathji Maharaj continues to uphold !
Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had visited the
site in 1514 A.D. and had discovered some of the places mentioned in the Bhagvat
Purana. But he was not able to stay here long enough to bring out the complete
Glory of The Place.
Besides Shri Madhu Pandit, on the
behest of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, his immediate disciples,
two brothers Shri Roop Goswami & Shri Sanatan Goswami came to Vrindaban before the reign of Emperor Akbar, to
Spread the Doctrines of Vaishnavism & to discover the lost holy sites.
To revitalize the principles of True Love &
Devotion and re-establish the glorious
identity of this land of Lord Krishna,
they were later joined by their nephew shri Jeeva
Goswami & others, viz., Shri Raghunath Bhatta, Shri Raghunath Das and Shri Gopal
Bhatta. These six distinguished disciples of Chaitanya Mahaprabhuji later
gained the name of "SHAD GOSWAMI" (The
It was while His Holiness Shri Roop Goswami was residing in Vrindaban
& preaching the Doctrines of Vaishnavism that LORD GOVIND DEVJI Revealed HIMSELF to him
at GOMA TEELA in Vrindaban, on Basant Panchami in the year 1525.
of Temple of Lord Gopinathji- After some around
41 years of manifestation of Lord Gopi Nathji, a red sand stone temple for HIM
was made by king of Khandela, Raisal Darbari, one of emperor Akbar's courtier
and great grand son of Shekha, near Nidhi Van in Vrindavan. This was
before the construction of the Heritage Red Stone Temple of Govind Devji.
Lord Gopinathji is ever since regarded as KUL DEVTA at Khandela and other many
places including Shekhavati; it is said that around 365 or more temples of
Lord Gopinath came into existence in these areas.
of another Image of Radha Rani in the temple of Lord Gopinath: -
Towards the end of 16th century, the second wife of Shri Nityanand Mahaprabhuji,
Smt. Jahanva Devi came to Vrindavan. When she visited the temple of Lord
Gopinath, she had a divine inspiration that the existing image of Radhey Rani
which manifested from under the Vanshi Vat with the sacred image of Lord
Gopinathji, was much smaller in the size; And hence an other image of Radha Rani
reasonably proportionate in size, be installed on the left of Lord Gopinathji.
After her return she accordingly sent to Vrindavan an image of Radhey Rani,
proportionate in size as per divine inspiration with one vaishnav bhakt shri
Parmeshwari Das through boat via the river route from the Gour Pradesh.
This image was placed on the left of Lord Gopinathji and the original sacred
image as manifested from under the Vanshi Vat was placed on the right of Lord
Gopinathji; This continues right since then.
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In the Year 1669 A.D.
, during the
reign of Aurangzeb when religious fanaticism was at its height, the Divine Holy Images of
Radha-Gopinathji were shifted First to Kama Via Radhakund AND
THEN to Madhovilas Jaipur in 1775. Thereafter, finally In the year 1792, before his death the
then Deewan of Jaipur, Shri Khushali Ram Bohra consecrated the holy images of Lord
Radha-Gopinathji in his Haveli at Purani Basti Jaipur converting and dedicating
the same to the Temple Shri Gopinathji Maharaj
(The Present Temple Premises). The Haveli got the grace
to become the Temple –
The Nucleus of the Divine Faith of of People ! . The
Majestic Holy Images were enshrined
in Haveli and Right Since then LORD GOPINATHJI MAHARAJ continue to Bless
THE CITY OF JAIPUR with HIS DIVINE
For around a cetury, Lord Gopinathji was at Kama (Kam-Van)
- Bharatpur - Rajasthan ) and is called the Lord of Kam-Van
is said that in the sate times when Mangla & Shayan Jhanki of Govind Devji in
jaipur was not open for the public, temple Gopinathji was the attraction and
place of devotion for the people for both these Jhankis, besides other usual
famous sacred robe made of Tulsi mankas
()of the year samvat 1602 which Shri Madhu
Pandit use to wear also came to Jaipur and is in display at the present temple
of the history can be summarised as uder:
Striking of 6 sons of
Devki & the female child of Yashoda ( the Yogmaya HERSELF) on the
black stone slab by King Kans; Incarnation of Lord Krishna and HIS
Return to "NIJ DHAAM" (Vaikuntha Lok); Creation of the image of Lord
Gopinath by Bajra Nabh, the great grand son of Lord Krishna; And
with the passing of times disappearance of this glorious heritage
under the earth
|On the behest of Mahaprabhuji
Arrival of Shri Madhu Pandit in Vrindavan; Discovery of Vrindavan Dham by
Around or After the
|Manifestation of of
Radha-Gopinath to Shri Madhu Pandit from under the Vanshi Vat,
||Around or after the year 1503
|Construction of Red Stone
Temple near Nidhi-Van by Raja Raayasal Darbari of
||Around or after the year 1573
| Stay of Lord
Radha-Gopinath in Vrindavan
||till year 1669
|Stay of Thakur at Radha Kund
and Kama (Kamvan)
||From 1669 till 1775
|Arrival in Jaipur
||Savan Budi 13, Saturday,
|Stay at Madho Vilas, Jaipur
|Arrival at the Present Temple
Premises and stay thereafter
||Kartik Shukla 6, Thursday,
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Temple Shri Gopi Nathji Maharaj
is a self sustained, independent Thikana (ENTITY). Thakur Gopinathji Maharaj HIMSELF being a Perpetual Minor, the
Mahant is sole permanent guardian.
From the Emperor of India to the lay man
in the street, everybody without any sectarian bias, has paid his homage by
virtue of grants & gifts. Rulers of different states & people
from abroad have all contributed to the cause of Thakur Shri Gopinathji Maharaj !
The Rulers of erstwhile Jaipur State
always held the Deity in high esteem.
Glorious Heritage finds its Origin from 1008 SHRI SHRI
CHAITANYA MAHAPRABHU, the founder of the MADHVIYA GOURIA
SAMPRADAYA. Right Since the Times of Akbar the
Great, the Heritage in its chain, descends now to the present Mahant
Shri Ballabh Lal Goswami and contnues to his son Shri Siddartha Goswami.
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True Love, Devotion &
"Krishna Leela Prasar" are the
& Activities of the
Temple. Universal Peace, Universal Love, Universal
Brotherhood and Relief from the sufferings,
are the causes, the Temple nurtures. Upholding these high values of
the Madhviya Gauriya Sampradaya, laid down by the Great Gaurang Deva
more than 500 years ago, the Temple is constantly on the march to the Path
Land of Lord
Krishna, the Cow holds a sacred position
& is rightly named "Gau Mata" ( The Mother Cow ).
It plays a significant role in the lives of
people & the economy of this Nation; the Temple commits itself to the security, service
& betterment of the Cow and motivates the people at large to
this benevolent & pious cause!
Sacred Cow - *
Abode of Deities !
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Donations to The Temple
may be made both in
Cash & Kind. If
he so intends, the Donor may also specify any specific purpose for
the use of his donations. All Donations to be sent to
SHRI GOPINATH TEMPLE, Purani Basti, Jaipur.
All Communications to be
addressed to :
Shri Ballabh Lal Goswami, (Mahant )
Shri Gopinath Temple, Purani BAsti, JAIPUR
|1. Shri Madhu Pandit
2.Goswami Madho Dutt
3. Goswami Sadanand
4. Goswami Chetandas
5. Goswami Shyamacharan Dev
6. Goswami Vrindavan Dev
7. Goswami Nrisingh Lal Dev
8. Goswami Ramlal Dev
9. Goswami Nandlal Dev
10.Goswami Biharilal Dev
11.Goswami Madholal Dev
12.Goswami Gopal Lal Dev
13.Goswami Ballabh Lal Dev
(The Presen Mahant)
14.Goswmi Siddharth Dev
* THE ROBES ( iks'kkd )*
The Robes are primarily divided in Winter Wears &
Summer Wears. Winter
wears are known as "Jama Paushak" – generally
made of cotton / silk / Fibre / Parcha (a special ornamental festive
Summer Wears include
'Dhoti-Dupatta' made of cotton, voil, malmal and silk.
A decorative shining material called 'Gota' (prepared
from gold / silver /any other metal or other shining material fibres) is
usually applied to the robes.
The dresses also differ on the festive &
auspicious days as follows:
Ekadashi (a fast day): Natwar
–Vesh Paushak in blood red colour
Poornima (full moon day): White Apparels with 'gota' on Sharad
Poornima, it is in silver parcha. And
Poornima, it is in golden parcha
3. Amavasya(moon less
night): Black Apparels with 'gota'
Hindi 'Chaitra' Month
: Apparels made from real
flower buds with
flower-decorated wooden frames ( Buds of
Mogra, Rai-bel, Rajnigandha & Flowers of
The Robes are primarily divided in Winter Wears & Summer Wears. Winter wears are known as "Jama
Paushak" – generally made of cotton / silk / Fibre / Parcha (a special
ornamental festive fibre).
Summer Wears include 'Dhoti-Dupatta' made of cotton, voil, malmal
A decorative shining material called 'Gota' (prepared from gold / silver
/any other metal or other shining material fibres) is usually applied to
The dresses also differ on the festive & auspicious days as follows:
1. Ekadashi (a fast day): Natwar –Vesh Paushak in blood red colour
2. Poornima (full moon day): White Apparels with 'gota' on Sharad -
Poornima, it is in silver parcha. And
On Ras Poornima, it is in golden parcha
3. Amavasya(moon less night): Black Apparels with 'gota'
4. Hindi 'Chaitra' Month : Apparels made from real flower buds with
flower-decorated wooden frames ( Buds of
Mogra, Rai-bel, Rajnigandha & Flowers of
ORNAMENTS & CROWNS (xgus
( Golden and / or Silver Metal with
: Inclined Mukut (Head Cap), Singa
Bansi (Flute), Kundal (Earings),
Chik (Neck Ornament), Hand Bangles,
Hath Phool, Haar, Locket Haar, Kamar
(Waist Band), Eye Brow, Tilak, Kiran,
Kara (Leg-Bangle), etc.
type of Mukut (crown), Chhari (stick), Bansi, Kundal,
Hath Phool, Tilak, Kiran, Chik, Bangle, Kamar Peti,
Amavasya: Different type of
Mukut and other ornaments as above.
* Shringar *
After Mangla Jhanki, the make-up of all the SACRED
IDOLS is done by the Pujaris
iqtkjh ) in the following
1. Bath is given with holy water. In winter
warm water is used.
2. Dresses are
3. Saffron & Sandal
Makeup (dslj &panu ls J`axkj) is done
4. Ornaments are put
Finally Real Flower Garlands ( rose, raibel etc.) are put
And then the "Dhoop Jhanki" is
The make up remains the same till Sandhya Jhanki in the
After closing of "Sandhya Jhanki", the
ornaments are taken off and the saffron-sandal make up is
Different dresses for
changed (vksykbZ iks'kkd). Thereafter "Shayan Jhanki" is
After close of Shyan Jhanki, the Pujaris
come out of Garbha Graha. The doors are closed & sealed.
The temple doors are
For the convenience of the visitors/
'darshanarthis'/pilgrims, from Dhoop Jhanki to Shayan Jhanki, the Office
in the temple premises remains open which as well looks after and
maintains the daily activities.
As per Hindi Samvat Year, the following traditional
festivals are celebrated:
Month of Chaitra: 1. From Chaitra Sudi 1 (Pratipada) to Chaitra Sudi
( March-April-May )
2. Chaitra Sudi 1 (1st day of Samvat Year,i.e.,New
Year Day):Indian New
Sudi 3 (Teej) :
Sinjara – The famous
4.Chaitra Sudi 9 (Navmi): Ram
Navmi; The Birth
Day of Lord Shri Ram
5.From Chaitra Sudi 12 (Dwadashi) to Baisakh
Sudi 8 (Ashtami): Mesh Sankranti
6.On Chaitra Sudi 11 (Ekadashi): Phool Bangla
Decoration with Rose Flowers
7.From Chaitra Sudi 15 (Poornima-the full moon
day) to Baisakh Sudi 15 (poornima):
"Sheetal Bhog": Sheetal –Thal Bhog
Month of Baisakh & Jyestha :
( April-May-June &
Baisakh Sudi 3 (Akshaya Tritiya). Chandan
Yatra. Saffron & Sandal Paste is applied
2. Baisakh Sudi 14 (Chaturdashi) –
Narsingh Jayanti: Pakhal
Bhog is offered.
3. Baisakh Sudi 15 (Poornima) to Jyeshtha Sudi 13
(Trayodashi): Jalyatra; The Divine
Holy Images are
ornamentally decorated with real flowers and placed
under the water showers amidst different fountains
4.Jyestha Sudi 15 (Poornima): Snan Yatra (Luku
;k=k); A holly bath is given(vfHk"ksd) with Saffron+
Rose Water+Cow Milk+Honey+Curd+Ghee+
Boora(dust sugar)+Itra (b=). Thereafter Bhog of
various dishes is offerred.
Month of Asharh:1.Asharh Sudi 2 (Dooj):
Yatra; Thakur shri
( June-July-August ) Gaur Govind
(the holy Ashtadhatu Image of Lord
Chaitanya Mahaprabhuji) is placed in the
and taken to circumambulation(ifjdzek). Vaishnava
Mandli follows Dancing &
Enchanting "Harinam Sankirtan"
After taking 3 rounds of the main temple, the
enters the Garbh Graha from the main entrance.
Thakur Saligramji is placed in the chariot and
taken to the "Tulsi"(Brinda Devi) stand. After
Abhishek, Thakur Saligramji comes back.
3.Asharh Sudi 15 (Poornima): Guru Poornima;
The Disappearance(frjksHko) ceremony of Shri Pad
Sanatan Goswami is celebrated.
Month of Shravan: 1.From Shravan Sudi 2(dooj) to
Shravan Sudi 15
(poornima):The Festival Of Swings (fgaMksyk mRlo);
Thakurji takes the ride on the Swings.
2.Shravan Sudi 3 (teej): Ghewar (a special sweet
dish) bhog is offerred.
3.Shravan Sudi 15(Poornima):Raksha Bandhan;
The Rakhis (various ornamental strings) are tied
to the wrists of the divine holy images. On this
day the sisters tie "Rakhi" on the wrists of their
brothers to save them from any sort of
Bhadrapad: 1.Bhadva Budi 8 & 9 (Ashtmi &
( Aug-Sep-Oct )
the main festival of
the year; Celebrations of Lord Kirshna's Birth are
made on Ashtami & Nandotsava on
Yatra(a huge procession through the
Main markets of the City) takes place on Navmi
2.Bhadva Sudi 8 (ashtami):Radha Ashtami; The
festival of the birth of Adhya Shakti Radha Rani is
celebrated and Chhapan
Bhog (dishes of
minimum 56 varieties) are offerred to the
3.Bhadva Sudi 15 (Poornima):
Shrimad Bhagwatotsava; Bhagwat
Ayojan (Holy discourses
on Shrimad Bhagwatji)
Ashvin: 1.From Asoj Sudi 1(ekam) to Asoj Sudi 9
( Sep-Oct-Nov ):
10 (Dashmi): Vijaya
Dashmi or Dashahara
Bhog (Sweet Dish made with Rice & Milk) is offerred.
3.Asoj Sudi 15(Poornima): Sharad Poornima
Celebrations; A special
(Darshan) is opened after the rising of Moon and
"Kheer Bhog" is offerred & distributed to the
4.From Asoj Sudi 15(Poornima) to Kartik Sudi 15
(Poornima):Aakashi Deepak; After evening,
day "Aakashi Deepak"(a holy heavenly Lamp) is lighted.
1.From Asoj Sudi 15(Poornima) to Kartik Sudi 15(Main
( Oct-Nov-Dec )
Punctual Sewa Pooja Month); Damodar Bhog
is offered daily.
2.Kartik Budi 15 (Amavasya):Deepawali Celebrations
3.Kartik Sudi 1 (Pratipada): Annakut Celebrations;
"Chhappan Bhog" are offered on this day.
4.Kartik Sudi 8 (Ashtami): Gopashtami;
The Holy "Cow" (
5.Kartik Sudi 15 :(End of Punctual Sewa Pooja Month)
Ras Poornima Celebrations with
Jhanki-Darshan; After Moon-Rise, "Kheer
Bhog" is offered.
Month of Marg-Sheersha (Mangsar) & Paush (ikS"k) :
1.Mangasar Sudi 12
Special Bhog is offered in a
In all the Jhankis, a special "Kapoor Aarti"
(Aarti with Camphor) is done.
Throughout this whole
month in the Mangla Jhanki, holy bath (Abhishek) is
given to the deities daily
2.Mangsar Sudi 15 to Paush Sudi 15 (
Poornima ) :
Paush Khichdi Bhog (both Sweet & Saline) is
3.Paush Budi 1 (Ekam) to Paush Sudi
15 (Poornima) :
Paush Bada Bhog made of Chaulai Dal (a pulse) is
offered & then prasadi distributed among the
Month of Magh: 1.Magh Budi 7(Saptami):Posh Sankranti(Mah Magh
( Jan-Feb-Mar )
Punyakal,i.e., sacred period of time of the month of
Sankranti is celebrated on Magh Budi
On this day "Til (a cereal) Bhog" is offered.
2.Magh Sudi 1 (Pratipada) to Magh Sudi 15
(Poonam):Peen Ka Laddoo (A sweet dish made
rice-flour & dust of sugar) is offered.
3.Magh Sudi 5 (Panchami): Basant Panchami
The ceremonies of
bathing (Abhishek of Thakur Shri Govind Devji) &
worship of Devi Saraswati ( goddess of intelligence &
education ), take place. All Basanti Paridhan
( yellow colour robes ) are put on by the deities .
Thereafter, Bhog as usual is offered.
4. Magh Sudi 7 ( Saptami ):
Mahaprabhu Jayanti" is
5.Magh Sudi 13 ( Trayodashi ):
Mahaprabhu Patotsava Ceremonies
take place. Kheer &
Malpua Bhog is offered.
Month of Falgun: 1.Falguni Budi 14 (Chaudas): Maha Shiv Ratri
) Celebrations: Pooja-Aarti done by the Temple
Management in Mandir Shri Gopeshwar Mahadeo.
2.From Falgun Budi 10 (Dashmi) to Falguni Sudi 15
Fagotsava / Holika
From Falgun Budi Dashmi "Rachna
Jhankis are made using special type of dust colours;
Cultural Programmes are organised on Falgun Sudi
Ashtami, Navmi & Dashmi;
From Ekadashi to Chaudas and Poornima,
Fagotsava – the Festival of of "Holi" is
Bhog is offerred as usual .
3.Falguni Sudi 11 (Ekadashi): Aanwala Ekadashi
( vkWaoyk ,dkn'kh ); Worship of Aanwala ( vkWaoyk )
done in temple campus.
4.Falgun Sudi 15 ( Poornima ) :
Gaurang Mahaprabhu Patotsava celebrations;
In the evening 'Holy Bath'
(Abhishek) is given to the
Image of Maha Prabhuji and the "Panchamrit" is
distributed to all Devotees.
Govind Devji Maharaj is a Madhaviya Gauriya Sampradaya Temple. Madhaviya Gauriya
Sampradaya has its origin in Bengal and was founded by Lord Chaitanya
All the Temples & Devotional Centres of this Sampradaya (Sect)
follow the rituals, principles & system laid
down in the Bengali Scriptures such as :
1.Hari Bhakti Vilas, written by Shrimad Gopal Bhatt Goswami, "Goureshvacharya"
Darpana, compiled by Pandit Surendra Mohan
established routine system of Sewa (lsok) is known as 'Ashta-yam
Sewa' in which Nine Jhankis are opened daily
for the public.
There are set Hymns (Hktu &
dhrZu) for each
Jhanki linked to the theme & emotions inherent to that Jhanki. These
are either in Hindi or in Bengali. When the "Kirtan" is at it's height, it is a live experience of
the presence of that OMNIPRESENT HIMSELF. HE Says:
is a deep divine experience to see the devotees fondly singing these hymns
with rhyme & rhythm. One gets absorbed in the same !