Vrindavan, the term, has been derived from two Sanskrit words called vṛndā and vana. The term vṛndā refers to Holy Basil, while the term vana refers to a forest or a grove. The city in Uttar Pradesh is considered one of the holiest places for the Hindus and the Vaishnavas. The Yamuna River flowing through the city makes the city even more sacred. The place is famous for the Kumbh Mela. It is said that if a person takes a dip in the holy Yamuna River during this time, they will attain Nirvana. Their soul will be freed from the cycle of birth and rebirth. The place is also known as the native place of the Hindu god, Lord Krishna. There are several temples in the city built dedicated to Lord Krishna. One such Mandir is the Radha Raman Mandir Vrindavan.
History of Sri Radha Ramana Temple
Sri Radha Raman Temple, or Sri Radha Raman Mandir, is a Hindu temple in Vrindavan's early modern period. The temple, as the name suggests, is dedicated to Radha Ramana, who is referred to as Lord Krishna. In 1524 A.D, Gopal Bhatta Goswami placed a request to construct the temple. The crafting of the temple is one of the most beautiful things you will get to see in Vrindavan.
The Radha Raman Mandir Vrindavan is considered one of the seven temples of Thakur of Vrindavan.
The Lord Krishna deity that you will see here is made from Shaligram, commonly known as Shalagram Shila. This type of stone is a special kind of stone gathered from the banks of river Kali Gandaki, a tributary of a river flowing in Nepal called River Gandaki. It is one of the most famous temples in the entire Vrindavan and is flooded by tourists and devotees (especially Vaishnavism) throughout the year.
The fascinating stories of Radha-Krishna and their love are world-famous. The temple, you can say, reflects the same through its name. The temple's literal meaning is that Radha Ramana means Radha, who is Goddess Radha, and Ramana means lover. Therefore, Radha Ramana stands for the Lover of Radha, who is Krishna. The five-hundred-year-old temple has a story behind it. Gopal Bhatta Goswami had requested to build the temple only after Sri Chaitanya had suddenly disappeared. The intense pain of separation was the reason behind requesting to construct the temple. The intention was never to make any devotee feel separated ever.
The Radha Raman mandir is one of the most popular Mandir in Vrindavan. Tourists and devotees keep visiting the place throughout the year. The age-old architecture of the temple is something that will be etched in your heart and mind. Since the temple construction was suggested by Gopal Bhatta Goswami, who was among the six disciples who followed Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, his samadhi is also constructed inside the same complex where the Mandir stands. One of the rarest things you will find inside the Mandir is the Unag Vastar of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.