means Krishna, the Supreme Enjoyer. This
is one of Vrindavana's most popular temples and famous all over India,
it was built in 1864. The Deity of Banke-bihari was discovered in Nidhuvana
by Swami Haridasa. A contemporary of the six Gosvamis, Swami Haridasa
known for his devotional bhajanas, was the guru of the famous musician
RADHA VALLABHA TEMPLE
Another very popular temple of Vrindavana
whih was founded by Hit Harivamsa Gosvami, who started the Radha Vallabha
sect emphasizing devotion to Radharani. In this temple, there is no
deity of Radharani, but a crown has been placed next to Krishna to signify
Her presence. The original temple of Radha Vallabha was destroyed by
the Muslims in 1670 and a new temple was built at the side of the old
This is the sacred place of the rasa dance and also where Lord Krishna offered service to Radharani by decorating Her hair with flowers, as well as massaging and painting Her lotus feet. Radha and Krishna would sometimes spend the night here, dancing with the gopis and enjoying various transcendental pastimes. There is also a small temple dedicated to Radha and Krishna's pastimes called Rang Mahal. Near the entrance to this garden is a kunda created by Lord Krishna. He pushed His foot into the ground just to please Lalitha devi when she was feeling thirsty and wanted to drink water.
RADHA DAMODARA TEMPLE
This is one of the most important temples in Vrindavana. The original Deity was hand carved by Rupa Gosvami and given as a gift to his beloved disciple, Jiva Gosvami, who later built a temple here. The Deity now being worshipped is the pratibhu-murti (replica) and is considered nondifferent from the original Deity. Formerly this spot was in the middle of Seva-kunja and it was the bhajana place of Rupa Gosvami. One can have darsana of the sacred govardhana-sila by asking the pujari and giving a small donation.