History - Shri Radha Raman Temple Vrindavan

The appearance of Lord Radha Raman dates back to 1532 when Shri Gopal Bhatt Goswami, one of the foremost disciples of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu ji came to Vrindavan.

Upon reaching the holy land, Gopal Bhatt Goswami received Mahaprabhu's blessings in form of Kopin (Mahaprabhu's loin cloth), Dupatta, Patta (Wooden seat).

(The wooden seat and Mahaprabhu's Dupatta are well-kept and still in worship at the temple)

Following the instruction given by Mahaprabhu, Gopal Bhatt Goswami proceeded to Kali-Gandaki River in Nepal where he found 12 Shalligram Shillas.

Revering them as blessing of the Lord himself, Gopal Bhatt Goswami brought them along with him to Vrindavan and started worshipping them with utmost sincerity and devotion.

Though Gopal Bhatt Goswami preached Shillas in the very image of Mahaprabhu himself, he remained anxious. He still desired for transcendental form of the Lord, an idol that he could touch, feed and dress much like his own companion.

With years passing by, his yearning grew much stronger. In the year of 21, May 1542 on the occasion of Narasimha Chaturdashi, Goswami ji reminisced on the glory of Lord Narsimha (half-human and half-lion form) who came down on Earth to rescue his devotee Prahlad from the clutches of demon. Bemoaning his fate like an innocent child he cried himself to sleep.

It was only the following day that Gopal Bhatt Goswami's ardent desire were to take an immortal form in the mortal world.

The next morning, when Gopal Bhatt Goswami got up to offer his morning prayers to Shalligram Shillas that he had safely kept in wicker-basket, he saw the lid open.

Fearing what might have crept inside, Goswami ji cautiously opened the lid only to discover his most beautiful possession resting amidst 11 other Shillas.

The Damodar Shilla (12th Shilla) had transformed into the delicate yet majestic little form of Krishna himself- Slender arms, lotus eyes, blissful smile.

The Lord had finally blessed his revered devote with his heavenly presence on Earth.

Goswami could not refrain but melt away in tears of glory and ecstasy showering all his love and affection upon his Lord, his Praan Dhan, Shri Radha Raman.

With his divine power, Gopal Bhatt Goswami also manifested Holy Flame (Akhand Jyoti) which till date remains in the service of Lord Radha Raman for daily worship (Aarti) and cooking (Bhog prasad)

Later, Gopal Bhatt Goswami handed over the Seva of Lord Radha Raman to his dear most disciple, Shri Gopinath Das Goswami Ji who was a celibate so he asked Gopal Bhatt Goswami Ji to consecrate Damodar Das Goswami Ji. Ever since then, the sacred spiritual service is carried forward by their lineage.

  • Shri Gopal Bhatt Goswami Ji Maharaj

  • Shri Damodar Das Goswami Ji Maharaj

  • Shri Gopinath Das Goswami Ji Maharaj