Govind Dev Ji Temple is one of the most famous Hindu temples in Vrindavan. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Krishna as Govind Devji. This popular Hindu temple is one of the finest and highly revered temples in Vrindavan. The major attraction of this temple is Its impressive architecture.
Govind Dev Ji Temple Vrindavan was built in 1590 AD. This was done under the supervision of Mr. Rupa Goswami, the Master, and Mr. Kalyandas, the Sanatan Guru. The entire construction of the Shri Govind Dev Ji Temple was spent by Raja Shri Mansingh's son Raja Shri Bhagwan Das, Amer (Jaipur, Rajasthan). When the Muslim emperor Aurangzeb tried to destroy it, Govinddev Ji was taken from Vrindavan to Jaipur, now the original deity is in Jaipur.
The architecture of the temple is different from those of conventional temples. It is on a raised plinth and one has to climb a flight of stairs to reach the main hall. It was once a magnificent seven storeyed structure built in the form of a Greek cross. The temple has an impressive altar of marble and silver. During the reign of Aurangzeb, the top four floors were demolished. The architecture of the temple never fails to impress the visitors. It consists of an imposing wall along with a large ceiling and pillars on both sides that lead to the sanctum of the temple.
The statue of Shri Govind Devji, Shri Gopinathji, and Shri Madan Mohan Ji has been considered to be about five thousand years old. After the end of the Shri Bajranabh rule, the Mathura Mandal and other provinces were ruled by the Yaksha caste. Due to the fear and product of the Yaksha caste, the priests hid the three Deities in the land. Gupta ruler Nriapati Param who was a Vaishnava follower. He got the deities of Lord Krishna re-discovered by making them search for the sites in the ground and built a magnificent temple. In the tenth century, when the invasions of the Muslim ruler Mahmud Ghaznavi increased, then these deities of Lord Krishna were hidden in the earth and inscriptions were marked in that place.
Due to Muslim rule for many years, priests and devotees forgot about this. In the sixteenth century, the great devotee of Thakurji Chaitanya Mahaprabhu sent his two disciples Rupa Goswami and Sanatana Goswami to Vrindavan to find the Leela sites of Lord Krishna. Both disciples discovered the Lila sites of Lord Krishna of the mill. During this time Lord Shrigovind Devji appeared in the dream to Rupa Goswami and asked him to find the idol on the Goma mound of Vrindavan. Finding the idol of God hidden in the land for centuries, Shri Rupa Goswami consecrated the idol in a hut. The then Mughal ruler Akbar's commander and Raja Mansingh of Amber worshiped this idol. In 1590, in Vrindavan, a grand temple of red stones was dedicated to the Lord's idol. No other shrine was built in the Mughal Empire.
Later Radharani's idol from Orissa was distinguished with Shri Govind Devji. Mughal ruler Akbar donated land for Gaushala, but later Mughal ruler Aurangzeb canceled the lease of Gaushala land and ordered the demolition of all the temples and idols of Brajbhumi, then priests Shivram Goswami and devotees Shri Govind Devji, Radharani and Hidden in the forest with other Deities. Later this idol was brought to the Kaman of Bharatpur under the patronage of Ram Singh, son of Raja Jai Singh of Amber. King Mansingh took the life of Govind Devji's idol in Amer Valley. Which is famous today as Kanaka Vrindavan and it is also the temple of ancient Govind Dev Ji. After settling in Jaipur, King Sawai Jai Singh made the Deities of Shri Radha-Govind Ji from Kanaka Vrindavan in the Surya Mahal built in the Jayanivas garden near Chandra mahal.
Puja and Festivals
- Mangla - 4:45 to 5:15 AM
- Dhoop - 7:45 to 9:00 AM
- Shringar - 9:30 to 10:15 AM
- Rajbhog - 11:00 to 11:30 AM
- Gwal - 5:30 to 6:00 PM
- Sandhya - 6:30 to 7:45 PM
- Shayan - 8:45 to 9:15 PM