The Goswamis of Radha Vallabh are alleging that Radha Vallabh’s precious sapphire eyes have been replaced with fakes. An investigation is now underway into the crime, which allegedly took place almost two and a half years ago.
It is alleged that Shri Radha Vallabh’s eyes were swapped on the 12th April 2016. A letter asking for an investigation into the issue was received at the District Magistrate’s office on 21st April 2016. The DM passed on the complaint to the Area In Charge, who is now conducting an investigation.
Goswamis fear that Radha Vallabh’s original eyes have been sold and will now be difficult to trace.
Yadvendra Vallabh Goswami who has been serving at Radha Vallabh temple for 40 years said that Radha Vallabh’s sapphire eyes are “set in silver. They are missing and we hope that they will be returned”.
There has been a long standing disagreement between the two dynasties of Radha Vallabh Goswamis. A court appointed receiver helps to distribute temple income.
How Shri Radha Vallabh came to Vrindavan
Radha Vallabh temple was established during Kartik in 1535. It is said that, Shri Hit Harivansh received a Divine command from Sri Radha, telling him, ‘You will meet a Brahman who possesses a Deity of Shri Radha Vallabh. Marry his two daughters and take the Deity to Vrindavan to worship’.
Shri Hit Harivansh’s father, Sri Vyasa Mishra, was a Gaur Brahman of Deoband Uttar Pradesh who was in service of the Moghul Emperor Humayun. His wife Tara Rani, gave birth to Harivansh at the Royal Army Camp at Baad village, near Mathura on Mohini Ekadasi in Baisakh (April–May).
Hit Harivansh grew up in Deoband in Uttar Pradesh. He had three children to his first wife and is said to have initiated them all as his disciples before he left to come to Vrindavan. The deity he worshipped as a child is still being worshipped by his descendants in Deoband
Shri Harivansh’s preaching in the local language and focus on prema bhakti instead of strictly following rules made him popular with locals in Braj. Even today, Shri Radha Vallabh temple is one of Vrindavan’s most popular temples.