Raj Ratan Bihari Temple is a hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Krishna, Radha & Rukmaniji. The temple is situated at the Bikaner district of the North Indian state of Rajasthan.
About the Deity
The temple houses Lord Krishna, Rukmani Devi and Radha whose vigrahas (idols) are made up of black and brown stone.
About the Temple
The construction of this temple was initiated by Maharaj Ratan Singh on the 3rd day of the bright half of Falgun Samvat 1907 ( 1851 A.D.). Maharata Surat Singh who was the son and the successor of Maharaja Rathan Singh, completed the construction of this temple after his father's time. The queen of Maharaja Ratan Singh, Rani Raj Kanwar Shekhawat, was an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna and is said to have had inspired her husband to construct this temple and Rasik Shirormani temple for the Lord.
The architecture of this temple is quite impressive. The main gate is built with marble and carries intricate carvings. The temple doesn’t have the traditional Shikhar but has a round shaped one. The marble pillars that are found in the mandapam are well crafted with the image of Kalasha being engraved on them.
There are eight seats of Ballabhacharya's pushtimargi seats in Rajasthan, which include the ones at Ratan Bihari and Rasika Shiromani temple. The temple was previously made the Pancham Peetha of Kama (Kamavana). The Ratan Bihari temple at Bikaner follows the religious tradition of the Ballabha sect. As time passed, the Mahatmas of the temple left the Bikaner State and settled at Kama. Presently, the temple is managed by the Devasthan Vibhag, which is governed by the state government of Rajasthan. The temple is significant for promoting the Pushtimargi cult of devotion to Lord Krishna, which was widely propagated by the renowned saint Acharya Ballabhacharya.
The Ratan Bihari Temple is believed to be about 150 years old. The temple's Devasthan Vibhag had spent around 15 lac rupees in the past to undertake repair and renovate works in the temple. The temple is visited by thousands of devotees every year, who come here seeking the divine blessings of Lord Krishna.
The Ratan Bihari Temple is located at the heart of Bikaner and is spread over a large area. The temple is surrounded by a compound wall and has a huge garden in the front. A part of the garden is used for hosting religious functions and discourses. The temple is flocked by domestic and foreign tourists throughout the year and is well known for its grandeur and architectural excellence.
Some of the major temple festivals include Krishna Janamashtami, Radhashtami, Jhoola, Phool dol, Annakuta, Phagotsava and Patotsava.
Custom & Traditions of Temple
This is the only temple in Bikaner where pooja are conducted as per the traditional norms of Ballabha sect.
How To Reach Raj Ratan Bihari Temple
The nearest airport is the Nal airport.
The nearest railway station is Bikaner railway station.
The nearest bus stop is tthe Bikaner bus stop.
Raj Ratan Bihari Temple,
KEM Rd, Chaukhunti Mohalla,
Bikaner, Rajasthan - 334001.
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 in Morning from 7.15 a.m. to 7.20 p.m.