Radha Vinoda, the Deity of Lokanatha Gosvami

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There are three very known Radha Vinoda Detities: one is the original given by Krishna to Lokanatha and presently is in Jaipur.
The second, which is a pratibhu vigraha, a representative copy of the original, is in Vrindavana.
The third, who is similarly a pratibhu vigraha, is in Radha Kunda.


Lokanatha receives Radha Vinoda
Before the arrival of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in Vrindavana, Sri Lokanatha Gosvami and Sri Bhugarbha Gosvami came here.
Being very humble and without any possessions (akincana), they performed bhajana at the many pastime places in Vraja-mandala.

Sri Lokanatha Gosvami found the deity of Sri Radha-Vinoda in Kisori-kunda in Umrao Gaon near Chatravana and served Them there. He carried his Deity all over Vraja in a cloth bag hung around his neck.

Later, on the request of Rupa, Sanatana and the other Gosvamis, he brought his worshipful Sri Radha-Vinoda to Vrindavana and began to worship Them near the temple of Sri Radha-Ramana.

Nowadays, the original deity that was worshipped by Sri Lokanatha Gosvami is in Jaipura, and the pratibhu-vigraha is worshipped in that same temple in Radha-Gokulananda Temple in Vrindavana.
Radha Gokulananda Temple is an ancient shrine, located at Vrindavan, in Uttar Pradesh. It is in between the Kesi Ghat and the Radha-Raman Temple.
In this temple there is the small Radha-Vinoda Deities of Lokanatha Gosvami, the larger Deities of Vijaya Govinda of Baladeva Vidyabhusana, and the Radha Gokulananda Deities of Visvanatha Cakravarti. The small Deity of Krishna in front of Gokulananda and the Deity of Caitanya Mahaprabhu were worshiped by Narottama Dasa Thakur. Visvanatha Cakravarti arranged to have this temple built. Formerly, all the Deities in this temple were worshiped alone, in their own temples.

Originally, Visvanatha Cakravarti worshiped the Deity of Gokulananda at Radha Kunda. He then moved to Vrindavana and stayed with Lokanatha Gosvami. Where this temple is located is where Lokanatha Gosvami would do his bhajana. When the original temple of Radha Vinoda fell apart, Visvanatha Cakravarti had another temple built and called it the Gokulananda Temple. Both his Deity of Gokulananda and Radha Vinoda were worshiped here.


Radha Vinode in Jaypura
This is a small temple up some stairs on Tripoliya Bazaar Road. Vinodailal was installed by Lokanath Goswami. He was the first devotee sent to Vrindavan by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

He has one famous disciple, Narottama dasa Thakur, who was a great poet and who composed many beautiful Vaishnava songs in praise of the Lord.
Vinodailal is a beautiful Deity about 30cm (12 inches) tall.
When Sri Caitanya took sannyasa, Lokanatha came to Vrindavana. While visiting the places of Krishna’s pastimes, while in the village of Umara in the forest called Chatavana, Lokanatha Gosvami discovered the Deity of Radha-Vinoda.
Lokanatha’s samadhi is just north of the village of Umara, on the bank of Kishori Kunda. The Deity of Radha-Vinoda was revealed to him from this tank. Lokanatha Gosvami used to carry this Deity in a bag hanging from his neck.

The admirers of Lokanatha Gosvami built a temple for Radha-Vinoda, at the place where the Deity of Radha-Vinoda was being worshiped. Originally there was no Deity of Radharani in this temple. Jahnava Devi had a Deity of Radha made in Jagannatha Puri and installed the Deity next to Radha-Vinoda. The temple where Radha-Vinoda was installed eventually fell apart. The Deity of Radha-Vinoda is now in this temple of Gokulananda.

Arati times
Arati times are 5.30, 7, 11 am and 6, 8.30 pm. At night the Deity darshan is from 4.30 to 8.30 pm.

Reaching there
It is a very difficult temple to find, as few people come here. From the Radha Damodar Temple you walk to Tripoliya Bazaar Road and make a left. Walk 50 big steps and you will find a flight of stairs to your left. To the right of the stairs is a hose shop, which is shop number 295. If you look at the building, it will not look like a temple. The temple is situated one flight up.


Radha Vinode in Radha Kunda
In this small roadside temple can be seen the most beautiful pratibhu murtis of Sri Sri Radha-Vinoda.
The original Deities of Radha-Vinoda were worshipped by Lokanatha Gosvami, who established the temple of Radha-Gokulananda in Vrndavana.
The orignial Deities of Radha-Vinoda are now in Jaipur. The puspa-samadhi of Lokanatha Gosvami as well as the under ground fuga (cave) where he used to stay at Radha-kunda, can be seen at the Radha-Gokulananda Mandira in Radha-kunda. The full samadhi of Lokanatha Gosvami is in the grounds of Vrndavana’s Radha-Gokulananda Mandira near Kesi-ghata.




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