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Radha Vamsa Gopala temple: Prabhupada wrote Gita Commentary here

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4Vrindavan, 2018.04.07

Radha Vamsa Gopala temple is just two minutes walk from Gokulananda Mandir, towards the Yamuna. When we entered the temple, the people living there were protective and were not ready to say much about the temple. Outsiders are not encouraged to enter the temple and the priests have to be convinced before they allow darshan.

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Shrila Prabhupada’s room, P.C. HH Badrinarayan Swami

It is said that ISKCON’s founder Shrila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami prabhupada resided in this temple from 1954 to 1962. It was here that Prabhupada wrote his first commentary on the Bhagavad Gita. An old Hindi edition of Bhagavad Gita belonging to him was found here in 1978 and was transferred to the ISKCON Museum at Hare Krishna land, Juhu, Mumbai.

This Nimbarki Sampradaya temple was founded by Mahant Prahalad Das 250 years ago. Prahlad Das was the Rajguru of the then princely state of Rajnand of Chhattisgarh.

The temple is one of the akhara (ashrams) of Shyam Digambari Nirvani Ani Akhara. Mahant Niranjan Das, who is in the disciplic succession after Prahlad Das, married a princes of the Rajnand royal family. The entire village of Chirchari was gifted to him as dowry.

The temple was renovated in 1923. After the demise of Mahant Niranjan Das, his son Mahant Gopal Das became the owner of this temple. After him Mahant Patit Pavan Das served and looked after the temple.

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