Temple Profile: Mandir Shri Gokul Chandrama Ji
Location: 55 kms away to the North of Bharatpur. God Worshipped: Lord Krishna Bhagwan
District: Bharatpur Road Distance from Jaipur: 200 Kms
Built in the year: 1870 AD Nearest Airport: Agra (25 kms)
By Shri Govind Prabhu Ji Nearest Rly. Station: Deeg (20 kms)
       

Cause of Establishment:
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.

       
Brief of the Diety:

As has been said the deity is Lord Krishna in his lovely childhood form, the moon of Braj, Gokul Chandramaji. The idol is a stone idol and it is about 150 years old.

Religious sect to which the temple belongs:

The temple belongs to the Pushtimargiya Ballabha Sampradaya of which it is the Pancham peeth or the fifth seat.

Architecture of the Temple:
Important Architectural Characteristics:

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.

Material of Construction:

Building stone, sand lime mortar.

Total Construction Time: 2-3 years.
Religious aspects of temple:

It has already 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, forbearance, hearing of Lords names, thinking of God and though 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.

Unique features of the temple:

The temple is in the haveli style of architecture without any Shikhar. It is a thick peeth of Shuddha dwaita Pushti marg.

Festivals & Fairs in Temple (Main Events):

Festivals related to Lord Krishna are celebrated in tradition of Pushtimarg. The main festivals are Janmasthami, Hindola, Holi, Ramnavmi, Jhoola, Phooldol. Patotsava etc.

Timings:
Morning Time: 5.00 am

Evening Time:

10.00 pm
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.

Vandana (If any particular) in text:
Issues requiring global attention for conservation, protection and improvement of the temple:

The temple is well maintained the properties of the temple and its lands have been encroached upon by certain encroaches. Efforts must be made to restore the properties of the deity.


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