Vrindavan, 2017.10.31 (VT): Over a week ago, the Annakut festival was celebrated throughout Braj. During this festival mountains of food are offered to Shri Krishna in the form of Govardhan Hill.
It seems that Govardhan Maharaj never tires of tasting new delicacies, as many temples are continuing to offer huge amounts of food as a kind of extended “Annakut” until Kartik Purnima.
One such “extended” Annakut festival was celebrated recently at the Shri Radha-Madhav temple, also known as Jaipur Mandir. The festival, which was organized by the government of Rajasthan, featured an offering of 56 different types of food (chhappan bhog). In the evening a bhajan sandhya was held, with songs depicting Shri Radha and Krishna’s lila.
A true jewel of Vrindavan, the Jaipur Mandir is under the care of the Rajasthan Devasthan Vibhag. Located on the Mathura Road, the grand sandstone temple was built by the king of Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II. Jaipur Mandir recently celebrated its 100th anniversary.
The RDV plans to develop the temple grounds, including increased greenery and offering Rajasthani cultural items for purchase. The department has also expressed hope that the temple may one day be named a World Heritage Site.
Some other places run in whole or in part by the Rajasthan Devasthan Vibhag in Braj include:
- Shri Ajab Manohar Lal Temple (Bikaner Mandir). Chhipi Gali, Vrindavan.
- Karauli Kunj, Vrindavan
- Bheem Kunj, Vrindavan: This temple was built by the rulers of Kota. Bheem Singh was the disciple of Shri Hit Jugal Dasji Maharaj. The Kunj is situated on the banks of the Yamuna, and the Deity’s name is Radhakanta.
- Kushal Bihari temple in Barsana. This is a major temple on the hill near the Shriji temple, built by the kings of Jaipur.
- Madan Mohan. Built by Udaipur rulers. Swami Ghat, Mathura.
- Chatur Shiromani temple. Built by rulers of the Jaipur Riyasat.
- Radha-Gokulananda, Vrindavan, the responsibility for which was given to the recently departed Sri Purushottam Goswami of Jai Singh Ghera.
- Bharatpur temple, build by Shri Badan Singh Ji. Keshi Ghat, Vrindavan.
- Bihariji, Govardhan.
- Lakshman temple, built by Bharatpur kings. Govardhan
- Jugal Kishor temple, Barsana.
- Kishori Shyam temple (Bharatpur temple) in Radha Kund. Also built by Bharatpur rulers.
- Kunj Parvati Ji, Vrindavan.
- Rupa Kishor temple, Bankhandi, Vrindavan.
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