Baladeva Dauji Temple is located about 18 km southeast of Mathura which is one of the ancient temples in Uttar Pradesh. The Deity worshipped here is idol of Balarama, Lord Krishna's brother, which is believed to be installed around 5000 years ago around 1535 AD. The town of Mathura city derives all its celebrity from this temple of Balaram or Baladev, Krishna's elder brother. Despite it 's popularity among Hindus, the deity is neither handsome nor well-appointed.
About The Deity
The deity which is installed by Vajranabha has huge eyes and is black in color. The right hand is in raised position and a cup full of a drink which is called Varuni is placed in the left hand. This is a two-meter idol which is considered the biggest in Braja Mandal.
Legend and Stories
The temple is built by Seth Shiam Das of Delhi, which stands at the back of one inner court, and on each of the temple there are three disengaged sides having an arcade of three bays with broad flanking piers. On each of these three sides there lies a door which gives access to the calla, one surmounted by a squat pyramidal tower. Apart from the principal figure, Baladeva, which is generally very much dressed and bedizened with jewels, it contains another life-sized statue, supposed to represent his wife Revati. In an adjoining court of the temple is shown in the small vaulted chamber which serves as a residence to the God after his epiphany. The precincts of this temple include eleven cloistered quadrangles, where the accommodation is provided for pilgrims and the resident priests.
Each court, or kunj as it is called, bears the name of its founder as follows:-the Kunj of Rashk Lal of Agra and Lucknow, 1817 A.D.; of Bachharaj, Bania, of Hathras, 1825; of Nawal Karan, Bania, of Agra, 1768; of Bhim Sen and Hulas Rai, Banias, of Muttra, 1828; of Das Mal, Khattri, of Agra, 1801; of Bhattacharya of Jaipur, 1794; of Gopal, Brahman, of Jaipur; of Chiman Lal, of Muttra, 1778; of Jadu Ram, Khattri, of Agra, 1768; of Chunna, Halwai, of Bharatpur, 1808; and of Puran Chand, Pachauri, of Mahavan, 1801. Adjoining the Baladev temple is a brick built tank, over 80 yards square, called as Kshir Sagar, which is the "Sea of Milk," Kshir Kund, or Balbhadra Kund. The Sea is in a dilapidated condition, and the surface of the water is always covered with a thick green scum. However, it does not make the pilgrims hesitate to either drink or bathe in it.
Here it is said that Gosain Gokul Nath was warned in a vision that a god lay concealed. Immediate search was made, and the statue of Baladeva, that has ever since been regarded as the tutelary divinity of the place, was revealed to the adoring gaze of the assembled multitude.Attempts were made to remove it to Gokul; but as every cart broke down, either from the weight of the stone or the reluctance of the god to change his abode, a shrine was erected for his reception on the spot, and an Ahivasi of Bhartiya, by name Kalyan, was constituted guardian.
How To Reach Goverdhan
Instead of Goverdhan you can a get flight to Kheria Airport on regular basis.
There are regular trains from other major cities of the country to Goverdhan.
Goverdhan does not have a bus stand. Nearest option is Mathura.
Balarama Dauji Temple,
Govardhan, Mathura district,
Uttar Pradesh, Pincode - 281502.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey
Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.
Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum
Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.
Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram
Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.
Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami
Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.
The temple is open from 7.00 am to 12.30 pm, 3.00 PM to 4 pm, and 6.00 PM to 9.00 PM.