Madan Mohan Temple in Vrindavan

 

Madan Mohan Temple is located near the Kali Ghat was built by Kapur Ram Das of Multan. This is the oldest temple in Vrindavan. The temple is closely associated with the saint Chaitanya Mahaprabhu . The original image of Lord Madan Gopal was shifted from the shrine to Karauli in Rajasthan for safe keeping during Mugal emperor Aurangzeb's rule. Today, a replica of the image is worshiped at the temple.

 

 

History

 

Advaita Acarya discovered the original Deity of Madana-Mohan at the base of an old vata tree, when he visited Vrindavana. He found this Deity at Advaita Vata, which is the place where he did his bhajana. This place is just below the hill on which the Madana-Mohan temple is located. He entrusted the worship of Madana-Mohan to his disciple, Purusottama Chaube, who then gave the Deity to Sanatana Gosvami. Worshiped along with Madana-Mohan are Radharani and Lalita, who were sent to Vrindavana by Purusottama Jena, the son of Maharaja Prataparudra. This temple is closely associated with the saint Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, was a monk and social reformer eastern India in the 16th century ... which is the incarnation of the Supreme Lord Krishna in the iron age of Kaliyuga and spreading the congregational chanting of the holy names.

 

 

 

 

The original Madana-Mohan Deity was moved from Vrindavana to Jaipur, when the Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb, had his soldiers attack Vrindavana in 1670. The original Deity of Madana-Mohan is said to exactly resemble Krishna from the waist down. When in 1670 the Muslim emperor Aurangzeb sent men to destroy the temples of Vrindavana, this temple was desecrated. Therefore it is considered that installed Deities are not supposed to be worshiped in this temple any more. Therefore the New Madana-Mohan temple was established at the bottom of the hill. This temple contains the pratibhu-murtis of the original Deities. It is considered that there is no difference in potency between the original Deity and the pratibhu-murti.