Grand Opening of Madan Mohan Temple
A replica of Shri Madan Mohan Temple has been created at Govardhan Ecovillage and was inaugurated on
January 25, 2019 in the graceful presence of H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj and other dignitaries.
Photograph by Karan Pawar / Reuters
adan Mohan temple is the oldest of all Goswami temples in Vrindavan. ‘Madan’ means Kamadeva (God of desire and Love) and Mohan means one who charms thus the God who can even charm Kamadeva is named as Lord Madan Mohan.
History of Madan Mohan temple traces back to 5000 years ago during the time of king Vajranabh (Great Grandson of Krishna) who firstly established this temple along with few other temples in Vrindavan. But during the course of time this temple disappeared. As per the historical records, it was built in 1580 by Sri Krishna Das (or Ram Das) Kapoor, a trader of Multan under the guidance of Sri Sanatana Goswami. Later in 1670 during the invasion of Mughal Ruler Aurangzeb the original deity of Madan Mohan was secretly moved to Jaipur for safekeeping where it was worshipped for many years. Later when the princess of royal family of Jaipur was married to the prince of Karauli, she took the deity along with her to Karauli and since then it’s established and worshipped in Karauli. During the attack of Aurangzeb on Vrindavan the spire (Shikhara) of the original temple was dismantled. So, a new temple was built next to it down the hill in the early 19th century (year 1819) by Sri Nand Kumar Bose of Bengal as the old temple was unfit for worship. The Pratibhu Vigrahas (replicas) of the original deities are worshipped in this new Madan Mohan temple. It is believed that Saint Advaita Acharya found the original idol of Sri Madan Mohan under the old Banyan Tree (Advaita Vat), when he visited Vrindavan. He gave the Deity to his disciple Damodar (or Purushttam) Choubey (Mathura Brahman) for worship, who in turn gave the Deity to Sanatana Goswami who installed the idol on Dwadashaditya hill under a tree and worshipped the Deity for many years.
Earlier there was no deity of Radharani along with Lord Madan Mohan. After Srimati Jahnava Mata had a Deity of Radharani made and sent to Vrindavan for Lord Gopinath, King Purusottam Jana sent two Deities of Radharani toVrindavan, one for Madan Mohana and one for Govindaji.
When the Deities arrived in Vrindavan by boat, they were brought to Madan Mohan Mandir which was on the banks of the Yamuna. That night the pujari of Madan Mohan had a dream in which Madan Mohan told him, “You all are thinking that these two Deities are Radharani, but actually the smaller one is Radharani and the bigger one is Lalita, so you should put Radharani on My left side and Lalita on My right side.” In this way, Madan Mohan appropriated both of those Deities and Govindaji remained alone.
By the mercy of His Divine Grace A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder Acharya of International Society for Krishna Consciousness and under the auspices of H H Radhanath Swami, that same worshippable Lord, Sri Sri Madanmohan ji, is manifesting in His full glory at Govardhan Ecovillage on 25th Jan 2019. A first of its kind in the history of heritage tourism projects worldover, an exact replica of a famous temple is being built here. Spanning a towering 75ft this architectural marvel will be the crest jewel in this multi-award winning Ecovillage. We invite all to come and participate in this historic event and immerse themselves in the spiritual ecstasy!F
acts about Madan Mohan Temple. Amongst the oldest temple in Vrindavan built in 1580, Madan Mohan Temple is located on a hillock with fortified walls around it, along the parikrama path just a little distance from Banke Bihari Temple.
The striking temple with its 60-ft high shikhar, is now under the aegis of the Archaeological Survey of India. It was built by Kapur Ram Das of Multan. This is the oldest existent temple in Vrindavan today. It is said that after vanquishing the demon Kaliya, Lord Krishna rested on this hillock. Drenched with water he began to feel cold, and instantly, twelve suns (dwadasha aditya) came down to give him warmth, giving the hillock its name, Dwadasha Aditya tila.The temple is closely associated with the saint Chaitanya Maha Prabhu. The original idol of Lord Madan Gopal was shifted from the shrine to Karauli in Rajasthan for safe keeping, during Aurangzeb’s rule. Today, replica of the image is worshipped at the temple.