The Color Guide to Vrndavana (India's Most Holy City of Over 5,000 Temples)
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The Color Guide to Vrndavana (India's Most Holy City of Over 5,000 Temples)

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Item Code: NAJ775
Author: Rajasekhara Dasa Brahmacari
Publisher: Vedanta Vision Publications
Language: English
Edition: 2000
Pages: 164 (Throughout Color Illustrations)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 10.0 inch X 7.0 inch
Weight 730 gm
Introduction

The ancient Vedic scriptures inform us that the beautiful land of Vrndavana is non-different from the spititual world. Elsewhere in the Vedas Lord Sri Krishna has also declared that He never leaves Vrndavana and is eternally present there in His transcendental spiritual form. Therefore to reside in Vrndavana is exactly the same as residing within the spiritual world, and thereby directly associating with the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Sri Krishna.

It was certainly my great fortune that when I first came to India from London in January 1975, my first destination was the holy city of Vrndavana, about which I had heard so much since joining the Hare Krishna movement in 1972. Little did I realize at that time, that I would be spending the next twenty five years of my life travelling and teaching Krishna consciousness throughout the Indian sub-continent.

It is only by the divine grace of our beloved spiritual master Srila Prabhupada, that it has been possible to appreciate the transcendental beauty of Vrndavana. I have also found that by his mercy, this appreciation simply goes on increasing day by day, year after year.

It had been my desire for some time to write a comprehensive guide to Vrndavana for the benefit of the thousands of pilgrims, especially from the west, who now flock in large numbers to this most sacred of holy places. While I was rendering service at Srila Prabhupada's rooms at Vrndavana's historic Radha Damodar a temple, many visitors who came there asked directions to various holy shrines around Vr ndavana. It was then that I decided to prepare this guide book along with an accurate map, to enable them to easily locate the most important places of Vrndavana.

Even though I have done extensive research for this edition, new shrines of importance continue to be discovered along with their relevant histories. It is my intention to continue researching Vrndavana's holy places for the benefit of all the devotees of Lord Sri Krishna who relish visiting Vrndavana dhama, and going on pilgrimage to all the sacred places connected to the transcendental pastimes of the Lord.

 

Contents

 

Introduction 1
The Glories of Vrndavana Dhama 2
The History of Vrndavana Dhama 4
The Lord Descends to Earth 6
The Discovery of Vrndavana by Lord Chaitanya 8
The Six Gosvamis of Vrndavana 10
The Six Gosvami's Chronology 10
Srila Prabhupada Reveals Vrndavana to the World 12
Srila Prabhupada's Chronology 13
The Sacred River Yamuna 15
List of Riverside Ghatas 17
Vrndavana Parikrama 20
Ten Offences to be Avoided in the Holy Dhama 21
Sacred Places of Interest 22
Krishna Brahma Mandir 26
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Samadhi 34
Bhaktivedanta Swami International Gurukula 36
Bhaktivedanta Swami Mueseum 36
Bhaktivedanta Swami Gate 36
Vrndavana Research Institute 37
Krishna Balarana Pastime Tree 37
Varaha Ghata 37
Gautam Rsi Ashram 37
Cowherd Boy's Trail 37
Mohana Ter Ghata 37
Bhaktivedanta Swami Go-sala 40
Go Ghata 40
Kaliya Ghata 40
Prabhodanda Sarasvati Samadhi 41
Kaliya-Mordan Temple 42
Prashkandana Ghata 42
Suraj Ghata 42
Advaita Vata 42
Dvadasaditya Teela 42
Madana-mohana Temple 43
Sanatana Gosvami Bhajana Kutira 47
Sanatana Gosvami Samadhi 47
Tapan Misra and Condrasekhara Pushpa Samadhi 50
Grantha Samadhi 50
New Modana-Mohana Temple 50
Asta Sakhi Temple 52
Davanala Kunda 52
Davanala Bihari Temple 53
Vishram Kunda 53
Jaipur Temple 53
Banke-bihari Temple 54
Narasimhadeva Temple 54
Radha Vallabha Temple 54
Bhattaji Mandir 54
Jugal Ghata 56
Seva Kunja 56
Pumamasi Temple 61
Sita-natha Temple 61
Imli Tala 62
Radha Damodara Temple 63
Jiva Gosvami Samadhi 66
Krishnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami Smadhi 68
Srila Bhaktisddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Puspa Samadhi 69
King Birhambir Puspa Samadhi 70
Rupa Gosvami Bhajana Kutira 70
Rupa Gosvami Samadhi 71
Bhugarbhu Gosvami Samadhi 75
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Bhajana Kutira 77
Sringara Vata 80
Govinda Ghata 80
Jaru Mandala 81
Andha Ghata 81
Syamananda Pandita Samadhi 81
Syamananda Tilak Sthana 83
Radha Syamasundara Temple 83
Ban-Khandi Mahadeva Temple 86
Murari Gupta Gaura Nitai Temple 86
Mirabhai Temple 87
Shahji Temple 87
Sriji Temple 88
Nidhwana 88
Chir Ghata 88
Sad-bhuj Mahaprabhu Temple (Gopala Mandir) 91
Radharamana Temple 91
Radharamana Appearance Place 93
Gopala Bhatta Gosvami Samadhi 93
Radha Gokulananda Temple 95
Lokanatha Gosvami Samadhi 95
Narattama Dasa Thakura Samadhi 99
Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura Samadhi 100
Ganganarayana Cakravarti Samadhi 102
Vamsi-gopala Temple 103
Gadadhara Pandita Dant Samadhi 103
Jugal Kisore Temple 104
Kesi Ghata 105
Bhramar Ghata 108
Radha Gopinatha Temple 108
Madhu Pandita Samadhi 110
Sona-gauranga Temple 110
Bilvamangala Thakura Samadhi 111
Amiya-nimai Mahaprabhu Mandira 111
Jula Thakura ( Srinivasa Acarya Kunja) 111
Srinivasa Acarya Samadhi 111
Ramacandra Kaviraja Samadhi 113
Hemlata Thakurani Samadhi 113
Radha-kanta Temple 114
Gopala Guru Samadhi 114
Radha Syamaraya Temple 115
Gauridasa Pandita Samadhi 115
Dhira Samira Ghata 116
Gopisvara Mahadeva Temple 116
Radha Gopala Temple 117
Vamsi Vata 117
Tekari Rani Temple 118
Jagannatha Ghata 118
Jnana Gudri 119
Radha Braja-mahana Temple 120
Mirror Mandira 120
Lal Babu Temple 120
Brahma Kunda 121
Rangaji Temple 122
Govindaji Temple 128
Yogapitha 132
New Govindaji Temple 132
64 Samadhis 134
Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami Samadhi 134
Kasisvara Pandita Samadhi 135
Subuddhi Raya Samadhi 136
Katyayani Devi Temple 136
Govinda Kunda 137
Pani Ghata 137
Adi-badri Ghata 137
Raj Ghata 138
Chaitanya Visram Sthali 138
Batharan-bihari Temple 139
Akura Ghata 141
Chronology Of Important Events In The Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya 144
Glossary 146
Bibliography 148
Index 149
Map Of Temple Compounds 151
Complete Map Of Vrndavana 153

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