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Shri Shri Radha Gokulananda Temple

Radha GokulanandaThe main deities of this temple are Shri Shri Radha Gokulananda, the worshipable deities of Shrila Vishvanath Chakravarthy Thakur. In this temple, the deities of Shri Shri Radha Vinoda of Shrila Lokanath Goswami and Shri Shri Radha Vijay Govinda of Shrila Baladeva Vidyabhushan are also giving darshan. Just below Radha Vinoda is the beautiful deity of Radha Gokulananda. To the right of Radha Gokulananda, the deities of Radha Vijay Govinda are giving darshan. As with the other deities of the Goswamis, the original deities of Radha Vinoda and Radha Gokulananda are situated in Jaipur. The Pratibhu Vigrahas of the original deities are being worshipped here in Vrindavan.

Radhanath Swami describes that when Lokanath Goswami was living at Kishori Kund near Khadiravan, a Brahman came to him one day and offered a bag to him as donation. When he opened that bag he found the beautiful deities of Radha Vinoda. He was spellbound and shocked to see the wonderful deities of Radha and Krishna. At that time the deity spoke to him and told him Their name, Shri Shri Radha Vinoda. Then the deities told him that They were hungry and he should make nice arrangements for offering bhoga to Them regularly. So, Lokanath Goswami with great love and devotion served and worshipped Radha Vinoda. Later on at the invitation of Rupa and Sanatana Goswami, Lokanath Goswami moved to Vrindavan with his deities and at this place he established the temple of Radha Vinoda.

Shrila Vishvanath Chakravarthy Thakur who comes in the disciplic succession of Lokanath Goswami, established the worship of Radha Gokulananda in this temple. In this very temple of Radha Vinoda, Vishvanath Chakravarty Thakur spent many years of his life worshiping Shri Shri Radha Gokulananda. Later he built a wonderful temple here. In this temple there is also a deity of Lord Chaitanya that was personally worshiped by Narottam Das Thakur. Also worshipped here is the Govardhan Shila impressed with Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s own fingerprints, which He personally gave to Shrila Raghunath Das Goswami. In the courtyard of this temple are the Samadhis of Shrila Lokanath Gosvami, Shrila Narottama Das Thakur and Shrila Vishvanath Chakravarthy Thakur.