Temple Profile: Mandir Shri Raj Ratan Bihari Ji
Location: Bikaner God Worshipped: Shri Krishna and Radha &Rakmaniji
District: Bikaner Road Distance from Jaipur: 365 Kms
Built in the year: 1851 A.D. Nearest Airport: 12 Kms (12 Kms)
By Maharaja Ratan Singh Ji Nearest Rly. Station: Bikaner (1 kms)
       

Cause of Establishment:
The Temple was built on the 3rd day of the bright half of Falgun Samvat 1907 ( 1851 A.D.), Maharaja Ratan Singh Ji got the temple constructed and the remaining was got accomplished by his successor son Maharata Surat Singh.In the former state Bikaner, temple of Shri Krishna or Shri Vishnu were rare and there was dearth of them felt by all. The queen of Maharaja Ratan Singh Ji was of shekhawt family. This Raj Kanwar Shekhawat Ji insipired her husband to construct a Krishna temple as, she was a devotee of Lord Krishna. An inspired Maharaja Ratan Singh got the temple of Ratan Bihari Ji and Rasik Shiromani Ji constructed.

       
Brief of the Diety:

Idols of lord Krishna, Rukmani Ji and Radha Ji are enshrined. They are black and brown stone.

Religious sect to which the temple belongs:

This Temple belongs to Pushtimagi ji sect of Shri Balabhacharya Ji.

Architecture of the Temple:
Important Architectural Characteristics:

The all-alluring architecture of the temple is praise worthy. The construction of the main gate is in marble. The rounded Shikhar is highly artistic. On gates and attics as also brackets are en carved works in marble. All pillars in the mandapam are artistically chiselled and polished and they have kalasha, Coconut and leaves of fonesia asoka are meticulously engraved on these marbel pillars. A big chowk exists in each temple and above are the latticed windows. The temple dose not have the traditional shikhar.

Important Architectural Characteristics:

There are eight seats of Ballabhacharya's pushtimargi seats in Rajasthan. One of the seats was at Ratan Bihari ji and Rasika Shiromani ji temple, formerly the temple was made the Pancham Peetha of Kama ( Kamavana ), The temple followed the tradition of the Ballabha sect. In due course the mahatmas left Bikaner in the state times and settled at Kama. Now the temples belong to Devsthan Vibhag of the government of Rajasthan. The temple has played a great role in promoting the pushtimargi cult of devotion to Lord Krishna in accordance with the tenets laid down by Acharya Ballabhacharya ji.

Material of Construction:

White Marble, Red Stone of Dulmera and Lime Mortar.

Total Construction Time: 20 Years
Unique features of the temple:

The Temple stands in the heart of the city and extends over a large area. The whole campus and precincts of the temple are walled in. A vast garden in front of the temple is an added attraction. At the back of the garden is a spacious plain used for organizing religious functions and discourses. Through out the year tourists from far and wide and also from foreign countries come to the temple for seeing the deity, the temple architecture and grandeur of execution of architectural work.

Festivals & Fairs in Temple (Main Events):

Krishna Janamashtami, Radhashtami, Jhoola, Phool dol, Annakuta, Phagotsava and Patotsava.

Timings:
Morning Time: from 7.15 am

Evening Time:

till 7.20 pm
Custom & Traditions of Temple:

This temple is the only temple in Bikaner where pooja prescription of the Ballabha sect is strictly adhered to.

Details of Temple:
Sanctrum:(Sanctorum) One
Verandah: One
Garbh Grah: One
Rasoi: One
Vandana (If any particular) in text:

Winter Mangla Aarati 7.15am to 7.35 am and Summer 7.20 am to 7.05 am, Shringar in winter 8.25 am to 8.35 am and in summer 9.05 am to 9.35 am, Raj Bhog in winter, 9.05 am to 9. 35 am and in summer 9.35 am to 10.05 am. Utthapana in winter 6.05 pm to 6.15 pm and in summer 5.05 pm to 5.20 pm, Sandhya in winter 6.30 pm to 6.45 pm and in summer 5.35 pm to 5.40 pm, shyam  Aarti in winter 7.00 pm to 7.20 pm and in summer 6.05 to 6.20 pm. In accordance with time and season and festival, relevant padas (Singable Compositions) of the poets of ashtachhap viz.Surdas, Kumbhandas etc. Aarati as are prevalent in pushtimargi temples are sung.

Issues requiring global attention for conservation, protection and improvement of the temple:

The Temple is 150 Years old and is visited by millions of visitors. Devasthan vibhag has spent 14-15 lac rupees in the past years to repair and renovate the temple. Tourism department should make use of the potential the temple offers.


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