The Temples of Çré Våndäv ana There are currently thousands of temples in Våndävana, and therefore Våndävana is also known as “The City of Temples”. There is a temple in every home. The following temples are some of the principal ancient ones: Çré Govinda, Çré Säkñé-gopäla, Çré Gopénätha, Çré Madana-mohana, Çré Rädhä-Ramaëa, Çré Rädhä-Vinoda, Çré Rädhä-Mädhava, Çré Rädhä-Dämodara, Çré Rädhä-Çyämasundara, Çré Rädhä-Gokulänanda, Çré Gaura-Nitäé at Çåìgäravaöa, Çré Sétänätha, Çré Rädhä-Vallabha and Çré Bäìkebihäré. There are also many modern temples, like the temples of Çähajé, Lälä Bäbü, Çré Raìgajé, Taòäsa, Jaipura, Häòäbäòé-kuïja, Çréjé, Varddhmäna Räja, Brahmacäréjé, Giridhäréjé, Öékäré Räné, Çähäjäpura, Mahäräné Svarëamayé, Käläbäbü-kuïja, Çré RüpaSanätana Gauòéya Maöha, Çré Kåñëa-Balaräma and many others. To keep this book short, most of these have not been mentioned in any detail. A short description of some of the prominent temples is now given below.
Çré Govindadeva Temple (Çré Govinda Svämé-tértha) The present name of this temple is Çré Govindadeva, and its ancient name was Gomä-öélä. Çré Rüpa Gosvämé used to perform sädhana-bhajana in a small hut behind the temple of Çré RädhäDämodara in Sevä-kuïja. On the order of Çréman Mahäprabhu, he composed different literatures on bhakti, like Bhakti-rasämåtasindhu and Ujjvala-nélamaëi, while living here. Also, following the instruction of Mahäprabhu, he wanted to manifest the deity of Çré Govinda that had previously been installed by Çré Vajranäbha. Daily, Çré Rüpa Gosvämé would perform the ten miles parikramä of Våndävana. One day, during his parikramä, he became very restless thinking about the deity of Çré Govinda. He sat down under a tree on the bank of the Yamunä and wept, yearning for His darçana. At that time, a beautiful Vrajaväsé boy who was also 619