Radharani temple, Vrindavan

An exploration of the less heralded pilgrimage spots in Braj

By: Hare Krishna Movement, Vrindavan

When Krishna wished to enact the rasa dance, He blew on His flute in the middle of the night of the full moon of Sharad season at Vamshivata, which is near Manth village (on the other bank of Yamuna across Keshi Ghat in Sri Vrindavan Dham). During the rasa dance, Srimati Radharani and Lord Krishna disappeared from the scene.

Folklore has it that when Srimati Radharani saw Krishna dancing with the other Gopis, She got angry and left the spot. In anger, She sat down some distance away from Vamshivata. Lord Krishna approached Her here and pacified Her.

This is described in the Nectar of Devotion as follows:  “Once during the rasa dance, when Radharani left the arena and Krishna went to seek Her out, one of the dear friends of Radharani addressed Krishna thus: "My dear Krishna, You have been very much obliging in serving the form of our Sri Radharani, and now You have left all the other gopis to search for Her. Please allow me to inquire how You want Her to treat You."
Nectar of Devotion, Ch 29

The place where Srimati Radharani sat down in anger came to be known as “Radharani” where there is a temple of Srimati Radharani now. Outside the temple is a small temple of Radha Krishna. There is also a fairly good sized pond, which is called the “Maan Sarovar”. Maan means anger. Since Srimati Radharani came here in anger (maan), this sarovar came to be called Maan Sarovar.

Folklore also has it that when Lord Shiva wanted to witness the rasa dance, he was stopped by the Gopis since only Gopis were allowed into the rasa dance and males were not allowed. Hence a gopi brought Lord Shiva to Maan Sarovar and made him bathe here. When Lord Shiva emerged from Maan Sarovar, he had transformed into a gopi and he participated in the rasa dance.

In remembrance of this, there is a small Gopishvar Mahadev temple just before the Radharani temple. There is a Shiva Linga here, flanked on four sides by Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva’s bull carrier, Nandi and Lord Brahma.

To reach here, one goes along the road leading from Manth to Raya. About 4.2kilometers from the Manth junction on this road, one finds a small road to the right, with a board announcing the concrete plant of the Jaypee Group’s Yamuna Expressway. One goes along this road which leads to an under bridge below the Yamuna Expressway and goes on this road for about a kilometer till one reaches Radharani.