The Damodar Image of
Lord Shri Krishna is one
which even Brahmma, Mahesh,
Indra and everyone of the gods
togetherwith the great saints seers and sages, each one without exception, loved to
behold. It was a delight beyond words to witness the MOTHER YASHODA
trying to tie the little KRISHNA with a
rope. (Damodar literally means
'with the rope around the waist' (abdomen). The LORD of the universe
teases at first and then surrenders to the bosom love and affection of a
MOTHER. The Divine Aroma of the scene enchants even when it enters one's
dreams! It was a sight to behold!
Goswami gave this same DIVINE Name to the small image of Lord Krishna
which he made together with the image of Shri Radha, inspired by the
Divinity in his dreams; Both together called RADHA-DAMODAR ! In
fullfilment of the directions received in the dreams he handed over these
images to his dear nephew Jeeva Goswami for his personal worship.
Blessed was he with this exquisite
Heavenly Bliss. His cherished dream came true. Long ever
since he intensely desired he could adore and serve his Devotion Shri RADHA-DAMODAR with
his own hands !
The Historians quote:
the pious day of Magh Shukla Navmi,
Samvat 1599 (the year 1542) Thakur Shri Radha-Damodarji manifested on the
Indian Soil in Vrindavan Dham. On Magh Shukla Dashmi, the next day,
with the joy beyond expression Shri Jeeva Goswami enshrined The THAKUR
in his PERSONAL DEVOTION and the Patotsava is celebrated every year on this
divine day just after the Mangla Jhanki, in the morning hours! Innumerable devotees join this celebration to their
1733 during the reigns of King Sawai
Jai Singh, The divine images of Shri Radha-Damodar and the Divine Goverdhan
Shila came to Jaipur. Shri Naval Lal Goswami, the then Sole Sevayat
enshrined the Sacred Images in Shri Himmat Ram Nazir's house (called Haveli)
at Chaura Rasta, Jaipur - The Present Temple of Thakur Shri Radha-Damodar.
This was the period when the Iconclast King Emperor Aurangzeb's fanatic drive
was at its heights and to avoid this fanaticism the Divine Images were being
shifted from Vrindavan to other safer parts of India.
out of some thing not up-to his
heart-satisfaction, Goswamiji took back these Divine images of his personal
devotion to Vrindavan in the year 1796. However, on much pursuation and
restless insistence of the then rulers of Jaipur, in the year 1821 Goswami Govindlalji
(the successor of Goswami Shri Naval Lalji) brought the IMAGES back to Jaipur
and on Jyestha Shukla Navmi, Samvat 1878 "THAKUR" Enshrined in the same Haveli
of Himmat Ram Nazir in Chaura Rasta with the Royal Honours and Celebrations.
Right since then, with His Divine Presence Thakur Radha-Damodarji keep
blessing the much devoted people of this Heritage Pink City of India !!
Mother Yashoda's this small child, the incarnation
of the LORD of universe HIMSELF, granted salvation to both the sons of
Lord Kuber - Nalkoobar & Manigreeva from the curse of Devrishi Narad which
destined them to become & remain as the Trees "Yamlarjuna" in Brij bhoomi.
The RADHA-DAMODAR, the small images manifested by shri Roop Goswami, to their
lakhs of devotees granting them a divine solace. People from all walks
of life when come, pray and submit themselves to the lotus feet of LORD
KRISHNA, find their belief coming true as if something extra-human, some
power beyond the earth, something celestial relieving their burdens;
bringing them something heavenly soothing - a unique ever sought-after divine
Calendar month of KARTIK has been
named DAMODAR MAAS signifying the importance ot this month; And Thakur
Radha-Damodar accordingly named "KARTIK KE THAKURJI". People rise
early in the morning from their beds, take their baths while the stars are
still there in the sky, reach the temple and submit themselves to the
Lotus-Feet Thakur Shri RADHA-DAMODAR in the Mangla Jhanki itself which opens
at 4:30 a.m. and remains open till 5:00 a.m. Whole of the Kartik Month
(October-November) witnesses a heavy rush and hectic holy celebrations. Some
people celebrate "KARTIK Mahotsava" from Ashwin Shukla Ekadashi itself to Kartik Shukla
the back of Radhadamodarji, on a lifted dias Thakur Shri
Radha -Vrindavan Chandraji enshrine. These images are much bigger in
size. These belong to the personal devotion of Shri Krishnadas Kaviraj,
writer of the famous book "Chaitanya Charitramrit" and are the inherited
heritage of Shri Jeeva Goswami.
side, is The Famous Divine Goverdhan Shila with the Foot Prints of Lord Shri Krishna
Himself & the Mother Cow. As said, Lord Krishna Himself gave this Shila to Shri Sanatan Goswami for accomplishment of his daily routine of
Circumambulation of Shri Goverdhan hill. Shri Sanatan Goswami gave this Divine
Heritage to Shri Jeeva Goswami in his succession. On every Purnima,
Panchamrit and Dugdhabhishek is performed between 8a.m. to 9a.m. joined and celebrated by
number of devotees enjoying the eventful delight while showering on the
hundreds of kiloes of milk & the sacred composites!
Shri Giriraj Shila is
a Unique Heavenly boon and a RARE Super Natural Bliss to the mankind.
The saying goes like this that Shri Sanatan Goswami used to circumambulate the
Goverdhan Hill daily as his compulsory daily routine. When he got old enough,
one day he fell in the way while completing his this daily routine. A cowherd
child came to his help and asked him to leave this routine now as he had got
old enough. But Shri Sanatan was so determined to his routine that he won’t
heed. Again one day he fell down – The cowherd child appeared again, helped
him and insisted that Sanatan should leave his this routine now. He said:
But Shri Sanatan did not stop.
Lord Shri Krishna
could not any more bear the agony which HIS this staunch
devotee was undergoing; HE appeared before him as a cowherd boy, went
uphill and brought THIS SHRI GIRIRAJ SHILA bearing HIS OWN FOOT PRINTS. HE
handed over it to Shri Sanatan and asked him to circumambulate around the same
daily which in itself shall complete his daily routine-circumambulation of the
whole of Goverdhan Hill. Shri Sanatan took it to his hut, gave it a sacred
bath and started worshipping and circumambulating it.
The Historians quote this whole
episode as under:
Shri Sanatan Goswami Shri Jeeva Goswami inherited this SHILA which was later
brought to Jaipur and now enshrines in the Temple Shri Radha-Damodarji, Chaura
temple, in south of the building, the images of Lord Narsinghji, Gopalji & Sitaramji enshrine.
wing of the building, the SHADBHUJ Image of Kaliyuga-Pavanavtar, Chaitanya
relate to the historic landmarks, it dates back when with passing of ages
the glories of the Indian Culture were being forgotten and the sands of
time kept piling up. Togetherwith
every other thing the splendid divine heritage of the times of Lord
Krishna was also lost from the memories of people. Some 500 years ago
Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu took his birth on the Indian Soil and did the
massive work to remove the layers of ignorance & infuse back in our lives
the forgotten vitality of great grand Indian Past.... -
Vrindavn Dham had become almost a Jungle by the early 16th Century. No
trace of the original place was left at the site. Lord Chaitanya
Mahaprabhu had visited the site in 1514 A.D. and had discovered some of
the places mentioned in the Bhagvat Purana. But he was not able to stay
here long enough to bring out the complete Glory of The Place.
It is said that tears were coming out of every eye, be it a human
being or the cattle or even the plantation when Lord Krishna left for
Mathura leaving Vrindavan.
So did it happen when
Mahaprabhuji came to Vrindavan and started enchanting the Maha Mantra
"Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare,
Hare Ram Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare";
as if life got infused into every particle of the soil, every leaf of the
trees and every thing, live or static, all around!
the reign of Emperor Akbar, On the
behest of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, his immediate disciples, two brothers Shri
Roop Goswami & Shri Sanatan Goswami came to Vrindaban to Spread the Doctrines
of Vaishnavism & to discover the lost holy sites.
revitalize the principles of True Love & Devotion and re-establish the
glorious identity of this land of Lord Krishna, they were later joined by
their nephew shri Jeeva Goswami & others,
viz., Shri Raghunath Bhatta, Shri Raghunath Das and Shri Gopal Bhatta. These
six distinguished disciples of Chaitanya Mahaprabhuji later gained the name
of "SHAD GOSWAMI" (The Six Goswamis).
Jeeva Goswami was the most learned among them. He was much discontent
that he did not have any divine image of his personal devotion while Roop
Goswamiji was blessed with the Divine Image of Govinddevji and Sanatan
Goswamiji with the Divine Image of Madanmohanji. Shri Roop Goswmi then
inspired by a dream made small images of Shri Radha-Damodar and handed over
the same to Shri Jeeva Goswami.
Sanatan Goswami was the eldest, born around the year 1445, Shri Roop Goswami,
born around the year 1470 was younger to him and Shri Jeeva Goswami was
their younger brother Anupam Goswami's son, born
around the year 1518.
The Great Founder of the Madhviya Gauria
Sampradaya, 1008 Shri Chaitanya Dev Mahaprabhu is believed to be the
spiritual incarnation of Lord Shri Krishna Himself and thereby goes the
saying : He
had a unique white golden complexion and, therefore, gained the name of "Gaurang
Deva". "Gaur" was his popular name. After Him ‘Bengal’ came to be known as
'Gaur Desh' as well. Nitai was his elder brother. He was born in Navadwipa (
West Bengal) at Mayapur on Phalgun Purnima in 1486 A.D.. Therefrom begins
the History of This Glorious Heritage which this Thikana of Mandir
Shri Radha Damodarji continues to uphold !
Thakur Govinddevji, the personal
devotion of Shri Roop Goswami, Thakur Radha-Damodarji, the personal devotion
of Shri Jeeva Goswami and Thakur Radha-Gopinathji, the personal devotion of
Shri Madhu Pandit, togetherwith Thakur Madanmohanji, the personal devotion of
Shri Sanatan Goswami HOLD a DISTINCT Divine Place in the life style of
Vaishnavas. In the month of Kartik several pilgrims & devotees offer
their prayers to Radha-Damodarji & the Sacred Goverdhan Shila in
MANGLA Jhanki, then go to offer their prayers to Radha-Gopinathji in
the MANGLA Jhanki there, next they go & offer their prayers to Govinddevji
in the MANGLA Jhanki itself and then the same day they go to Karauli to offer
their prayers to Madanmohanji; thus completing a divine cycle in one
day itself they feel special contentment to their hearts! .
Eventuality is it that On Magh Sudi 5 (Panchami -
Occurs the "GOVIND Patotsava", five
days later comes the "RADHA-DAMODAR Patotsava" on Magh Sudi 10 (Dashmi)
again 5 days later on Magh Sudi 15 (Purnima) "RADHA-GOPINATH"
Patotsava is celebrated each year. Thakur Shri Radha Gopinathji manifested
in the year 1503 from under the ground at "BANSHI VAT", Vrindavan;
Thakur Shri Govinddevji manifested in the year 1535 at "GOMA TEELA",
Vrindavan AND Thakur Shri Radha-Damodarji manifested in the year 1542 in
Imperial Divine Majesty of Lord Radha-Damodar and the Giriraj Shila commanded a great influence over the Royal
Family of Jaipur, so much so that when the divine images and the Giriraj
Shila were taken back to Vrindavan in 1796, After much pursuation and
insistence of the Royal Family of Jaipur, the same were brought back to JAIPUR
in 1821 with the full Royal Honour and Celebrations; lot of grants were
bestowed in the honour of Thakur Radha-Damodarji and The Giriraj Shila!
Temple Radhadamodarji is Governed and
managed by its Sole Sevayat. The Glorious Heritage finds its Origin from 1008
SHRI SHRI CHAITANYA MAHAPRABHU, the founder of the MADHVIYA GOURIA SAMPRADAYA.
Right Since the Times of Akbar the Great, the Heritage in its chain, descends
now to the present Sole Sebait, SHRI MALAY KUMAR GOSWAMI, an
enlightened, educated, dedicated young Man with Simple Living & High
Thinking, ever engaged to the service of every living being, determined
to preserve, promote and proliferate the Nature to the cause of The Humanity and the Divinity.
Love, Devotion & "Krishna Leela Prasar"
are the Aims, Objectives & Activities of the Temple. Universal Peace,
Universal Love, Universal Brotherhood and Relief from the sufferings, are the
causes, the Temple nurtures. Upholding these high values of the Madhviya
Gauriya Sampradaya, laid down by the Great Gaurang Deva more than 500 years
ago, the Temple is constantly on the march to the Path Ahead in service of the
every living being .
Land of Lord Krishna, the Cow holds a sacred
position & is rightly named "Gau Mata" ( The Mother Cow ).
It plays a significant role in the lives of people & the economy of this
Nation; the Temple commits itself to the security, service & betterment of
the Cow and motivates the people at large to this benevolent & pious cause!
offerings and the donations to the cause of the Temple and any kind of
service in the Lotus Feet of Lord Shri Radha-Damodar and The Sacred Shri
Girraj Shila are to be offered at the Temple to the Mahant & Sole Sevayat:
Shri Malay Kumar Goswami,
Thikana Mandir Shri Radhadamodarji Maharaj,
Chaura Rasta, Jaipur 302 003