gore dauji mandir vrindavan

Gore Dauji Mandir Vrindavan, also known as Shri Radha Dauji Mandir, is a prominent temple located in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna, who is known as “Dauji” or the elder brother of Balarama. The term “Gore” means white, referring to the white marble construction of the temple.

The temple is a significant pilgrimage site for devotees of Lord Krishna. It is believed to be more than 500 years old and holds great historical and religious importance. The temple complex consists of multiple structures, including the main shrine, surrounding gardens, and other auxiliary buildings.

The main deity of the Gore Dauji Mandir is Lord Krishna, portrayed as a child with Radha Rani (His eternal consort) and Balarama. The idols are beautifully adorned with intricate jewelry and colorful garments. Devotees offer prayers, flowers, and sweets to seek blessings from the divine deities.

The temple hosts various festivals and religious events throughout the year, with Janmashtami (the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna) being the most significant celebration. During this time, the temple is beautifully decorated, and devotees from all over gather to participate in the festivities.

Visiting Gore Dauji Mandir provides a serene and spiritual experience, allowing devotees to immerse themselves in the devotion and love for Lord Krishna. The temple is open to people of all faiths, and visitors are expected to maintain the sanctity and respect the religious sentiments of the place.

Gore Daauji Ka Mandir, located at the entrance of Shri Dham Vrindavan, is known as Atalla Chungi. It is the temple dedicated to Shri Gore Daauji.

Established by Shri Govinddasji, a disciple of Shri Rasikdasji, this temple houses the beautiful deity of Shri Gore Daauji.

gore dauji mandir vrindavan History

In the past, when Radha ji transformed into Gore Daauji, Bhagavan (Lord) Goe would often come to this spot along with His friends to rest. One day, while sitting alone, Shri Shyamsundar (another name for Krishna) was resting under a Kadamb tree. His sakhas (friends) had gone a little distance away with the cows. Sarika Gopi, a dear companion of Radha ji, approached and informed her that today, Baldaau (a name for Krishna) did not go to the forest and was resting alone at a certain place. Radha ji also disguised herself with the attire of Baldaau and proceeded to meet her beloved. Shri Baldaau, taking on the role of Radha ji, suddenly appeared before her and said, ‘Hey! Kanhaiya, you left me alone at home, and you didn’t even wait for me for a while?’

Radha Rani’s heart was in turmoil, but a smile peeked through her lips beneath the corner of her scarf, catching a glimpse of Shyam’s recognition. Shyam could recognize Shyama even after being caught in the act. He gravely said, ‘Gore Daau Bhaiya! Come, sit next to me. When will such an opportunity arise again?’

Unable to protect their secret, Radha Kishori (Radha ji) rose from sitting with her beloved for a few moments, fearing the arrival of her sakhas. Krishna asked, ‘Beloved, where are you going?’

‘Now, I will stay here in the form of Gore Daauji in this forest. I will be able to have your darshan (sight) every day,’ replied Radha Kishori.

She continued, ‘Shall I stay here alone? You also sit beside me and make this place an unshakable abode.’ Both of them became motionless there. Since then, Shri Radha ji is present here in the form of Shri Gore Daauji, and Shyam Sundar in the form of Shri Atal Bihari Swaroop, bestows the bliss of darshan upon devotees

In Vrindavan, Lord Shri Krishna and Balaram used to perform various divine activities. They had many unique leelas (divine plays) with Radharani. The places where they performed these leelas have now become temples and places of worship. One such temple is the Goradwara Temple. The head priest of the Goradwara Temple, Prahlad Das, explains that during the Dwapara Yuga, when Lord Krishna would come to Vrindavan to engage in his divine activities, his brother Baladaw would accompany him. In Vrindavan, Lord Shri Radhaji and her friends would also participate in the Ras Leela (divine dance) with Lord Krishna.

Once, when Baladaw did not join the divine play, Shri Radhaji, hearing that Lord Krishna had come alone to engage in his activities, disguised herself as Baladaw and approached Lord Krishna. She playfully scolded him, saying, “Hey Kanhaiya (another name for Lord Krishna), you left me waiting at home. You didn’t even wait for me for a little while.”

Radha Rani’s eyes and lips were angry, but there was a smile hidden behind them, indicating her playfulness. Lord Krishna recognized Radha Rani and, in a serious tone, said, “Sit down, dear brother, next to me. When else will we get such an opportunity? Kishori Ji, after spending a few moments with her beloved, got up from the meeting with her friends, fearing their arrival, and started walking away. Krishna asked, “Where are you going, my dear? Now you stay here in this Goradwara forest in your disguise as Baladaw. You will continue to experience the joy of seeing me every day.” Kishori Ji replied, “I will stay here alone for some time. You also sit beside me on this unshakeable throne.” Since that day, Shri Radhaji has been present here in the form of Goradwara, while Lord Krishna remains unchanging in the form of Atal Bihari, granting darshan (divine vision) to devotees in the nearby Atalvan.

This is how the Goradwara Temple came into existence.

On the circumambulation path from Mathura to Vrindavan, near Keshighat, at a distance of about fifty meters on the right-hand side, you will find the Goradwara Temple. Traditional worship and rituals of Goradwara Maharaj are still performed there.

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