Govind Dev Ji Temple

Discerning the Lord in his manifest…

“India is the cultural pioneer of the entire world with tradition as its trademark and religion as its backbone.” This is a proclamation made by Swami Vivekananda in his tour to the western countries, which was rendered with an intention to establish its spiritual prowess. In fact, the origin of India’s religious conventions dates back to an age when it was the only one prevailing by the name of ‘Sanathana Dharma’ or ‘Universal Virtue’. In fact, many historians believe that this Universal Virtue took the name of Hinduism in due course, as people with different ideologies and believes flocked into the sub-continent carrying different names of religion.

Lord Vishnu is a very important deity in Hinduism who is worshipped for practising, preaching and propagating the essence of the religion. He is believed to have incarnated on Earth nearly 5000 years ago in order to fight the evil and establish righteousness in the world, in the form of Sri Krishna. Bajranabh, the great grandson of Sri Krishna, pampered his grandmother (who was Krishna’s daughter-in-law) with an inquisitiveness to know about his Divine Forefather. On knowing the musculature of The Lord from his grandmother, Bajranabh recreated Lord Krishna’s frame in idols when he was just 13 years of age.

On seeing the first image of Sri Krishna, his grandmother said to him that only its feet resembled that of the Lord and Bajranabh came up with a second one. But this time, his grandmother claimed that the image only bears Sri Krishna’s resemblance in its chest.

Hence, after naming the first two idols as Madan Mohan Ji and Gopi Nath Ji respectively, Bajranabh put-in all his efforts to create a third image. This time, his efforts paid well and his grandmother credited it to have all the resemblance of Lord Krishna as one could ever imagine. The last image was therefore named as Govind Dev Ji or as ‘Bajrakrit’ – meaning ‘created by Bajra’.

Later, as centuries rolled by, the idols were buried underground so as to prevent them from being looted by Turks and Mughal invaders, especially the orthodox Mughal emperor, Aurangazeb. But 500 years back, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a renowned spiritual protagonist and saint, excavated the idols with the help of his disciples.

In 1735, Raja Sawai Pratap Singh II built a beautiful temple in his palace premises which is presently the City Palace Complex in Jaipur, Rajasthan. He then endowed the temple walls with traditional Indian paintings and European chandeliers, etched the ceiling completely in gold, and instilled colourful gardens to form the circumference of the temple. But it was Raja Sawai Jai Singh who brought the Govind Dev Ji idol from Vrindhavan (in present Uttar Pradesh) to be instilled at the temple.

The temple has high regards amidst the Hindu Bakths as the Deity worshipped represents The Almighty in the exact frame he manifested himself on Earth. The temple sports seven Darshans at different times of the day and Sri Krishna Janmashtami is the most celebrated fest in the temple as it marks the birth of The Lord in his eighth incarnation. Who would miss the chance to discern The Lord, that too in his own manifest?

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