Shri Gokul Chandrama Ji Mandir is located 55 kms away to the North of Bharatpur district in Rajasthan. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna.
About the Deity
As has been said the deity is Lord Krishna in his lovely childhood form, the moon of Braj, Gokul Chandramaji. The stone idol is about 150 years old.
About the Temple
The temple belongs to the Ballabha Sampradya and it is the pancham peeth of this Sampradya. The foundation of this temple was laid by Shri Govindprabhu to enshrine his personal deity, Lord Shri Chandramaji, the child Lord Krishna, designated as the moon of the Brij.
The temple is built in haveli style of architecture. So it looks like a haveli with a broad gate, a big chowk, verandahs and garbha griha. It covers a big sprawling area where stores, kitchens, gaushalas, residence of the Pujaris, offices and residence of servants are there. The temple, however, does not have any shikhar because it is in the haveli style of architecture.
The temple is well maintained the properties of the temple and its lands have been encroached upon by certain encroaches.
Legends and Stories
It has been said that the temple belongs to the Pahcam peetha of Pushtimargiya Ballabh Sampradya.. The Pushtimargi believe in the theory that with the grace of God a Jeeva (soul) receives Pushti (noursihent) and develops. Acharya Ballabha developed this sentiment and he propounded his well-known philosophical doctrine of Pushtimarg of Vedanta. Although the main formula of Pushtimarg is found in the Upanishads, yet Shri bhagwat Puran propounds this theory. In Kathopnishad, it has been said that the Jeeva whom god loves receives Pushti (graceful nourishment from him) Ballabhacharyaji believed that all souls are parts of the supreme soul (Paramatma). The souls are like sparks of fire of Parmatma.
Though they are different, but essentially they are one. He, therefore, advocated that no pain should ever be given to any soul. Self control, for bearance, hearing of Lords names, thinking of God and thought of him. They all are the mental services of God. Devotion is of two kinds. Maryada Bhakti and Pushti Bhakti. In the first, we require the knowledge of Shastras and ritual actions, but in the latter a longing for the deity, a constant remembrance of him, singing and dancing in his love are enough. In pushtimarg, the devotee desires nothing but a darshan of his love. Surrender in total. It is also called Lakshna Bhakti.
The temple is in the haveli style of architecture without any Shikhar. It is a thick peeth of Shuddha dwaita Pushti marg.
Festivals related to Lord Krishna are celebrated in tradition of Pushtimarg. The main festivals are Janmasthami, Hindola, Holi, Ramnavmi, Jhoola, Phooldol. Patotsava etc.
Custom & Traditions of Temple
Much has been said about the customs and traditions of the temple Ashtayam Pooja is offered to the deity such as Mangla, Shringar, Bhoga, Gwal, Rajbhoga, Utthapan, Shayan etc. The compositions of Ashhtachhap poets viz., Kumbhan das, Sur dass, Krishna dass Parmanand dass, Govind dass, Chheet Swami, Nand dass, and Chaturbhuj dass are sung.These poets regarded themselves as the friends of Lord Krishna. Their compositions for special occasions, times, festivals seasons and days are sung by Keertaniyas.
How To Reach Shri Gokul Chandrama Ji
Nearest airport is Agra airport.
Nearest railway station is Deeg railway station.
Nearest Bus stop is Kotharia bus stop.
Shri Gokul Chandrama Ji,
Bharatpur, Rajasthan - 313323.
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 5.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.