Shree Radha Damodara Temple in Vrindavan

 

Jiva Gosvami, the nephew of Rupa Gosvami and Sanatana Gosvami, founded this temple. There is a Govardhana-shila in this temple, called Giri Raj Charan Shila, that was worshiped by Sanatana Gosvami. It has Lord Krishna’s footprint on it. Krishna Himself gave it to Sanatana Gosvami.

History of Radha damodara Temple

 

When Sanatana Gosvami was very old it was difficult for him to circumambulate Govardhana Hill (22 miles around). Krishna gave him this shila and told him if he circumambulated the shila that would be just as good as going around Govardhana Hill. For a small donation, the pujari will show you this shila. You can see the imprints of Krishna’s footprint, walking stick, flute, and the hoof-print of a calf imbedded in the shila. This Govardhana-shila is on display on Janmastami. Rupa Gosvami installed the Deity of Lord Damodara in 1542 and then requested that Jiva Gosvami take care of the worship. This temple was built by Maharaja Man Singh of Amber (Jaipur ).

 

 

Radha Damodara Temple Library

Jiva Gosvami established a library here, where He stored all the original manuscripts of the Gosvamis. The time factor and negligence have combined to destroy a majority of these works. The Vrindavana Research Institute has been able to preserve some of the original library, including autographed manuscripts of Sanatana Gosvami and Rupa Gosvami. At one time there were over 2000 manuscripts here, many over three or four hundred years old.