Vrindavan Town

Vrindavan town sits beautifully on the banks of the Yamuna River, one of the guardians of the dhama. The town is also known to host more than 5000 temples, with the most prominent being those of the Six Goswamis. Make it a point to visit the famous Krishna-Balaram Temple, which was established by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and which he called his home in this world. Inside the temple gates you’ll also find his Samadhi Mandir as well as the seat of the Vrindavan Institute for Higher Education (VIHE), which organizes our annual retreats. In Vrindavan, we also find the self-manifest deity of Gopesvara Shiva there, along with Srila Rupa Goswami’s deity of Yogamaya (Paurnamasi). These together with Vrindavan’s dust, which is freely available in any of Vrindavan’s lanes, bless any pilgrim with full success on their pilgrimage..

Srila Prabodhananda Saraswati Thakura gives us some affectionate advice: “O saintly person, if you cannot suddenly renounce the dreamlike world, then day and night meditate on Vrindavan. Worship Vrindavan’s king and queen. Always chant Their holy names and hear Their glories. With food, clothing, and other gifts, serve the residents of Vrindavan.” (Vrindavan-mahimamrita, Sataka 1)

One good way to worship Sri Sri Radha-Krishna in Vrindavan is by reciting prayers to each of Vrindavana’s three main Deities, which were established by three of the Six Gosvamis:

Prayer to Radha-Madana-mohana, the presiding deity of sambandha-tattva:

jayatam suratau pangor mama manda-mater gati mat-sarvasva-padambhojau radha-madana-mohanau

Glory to the all-merciful Radha and Madana-mohana! I am lame and ill-advised, yet They are my directors and Their lotus feet are everything to me.

Prayer to Radha-Govinda, the presiding Deities of abhidheya-tattva:

divyad-vrndaranya-kalpa-drumadhah srimad-ratnagara-simhasana-sthau srimad- radha-srila-govinda-devau presthalibhih sevyamanau smarami

In a temple of jewels in Vrindavan, underneath a desire tree, Sri Sri Radha-Govinda, served by Their most confidential associates, sit on an effulgent throne. I offer my most humble obeisances unto Them.

Prayer to Radha-Gopinatha, the presiding Deity of prayojana-tattva:

sriman rasa-rasarambhi vamsi-vata-tata-sthitah karsan-venu-svanair gopir gopinathah sriye ‘stu nah

Sri Srila Gopinatha, who originated the transcendental mellow of the rasa dance, stands on the shore in Vamsivata and attracts the attention of the cowherd damsels with the sound of His celebrated flute. May they all confer upon us their benediction.