“Vrindaban Behari” is a name of Krishna denoting Krishna’s playful wandering in Vrindavan forest along with His intimate friends, especially Sri Radha, the personification of devotion.
Sri Sri Radha Vrindaban Behari temple is constructed with fine Rajasthani style architecture using red stones. It has a traditional central altar as a place of worship while the outside walls, technically called as Mandovar, have stone carvings depicting Krishna’s pastimes as described in Srimad Bhagavatam, the masterpiece compiled by Sri Vyasa. The main sanctum sanctorum (Garbhagriha) is astructure completely made of pink sand stone from Rajasthan, India. The garbha graha is 30 ft in height, 22 ft in length and 12 ft in breadth. With many enlightening carvings, the ornate exterior wall of the Temple (mandovar), depicts pastimes of Lord Krishna and other pastimes from Srimad Bhagavatam. The temple structure, is a fine example of the rich traditions of Indian Architecture.
The temple hall can accommodate up to 1000 individuals. The platform on which Their Lordships are standing is technically called as ‘Vedhi.’ It is made in marble and it measures four feet by six feet. The sketch of the Deities Sri Sri Radha Vrindaban behari was done by Mahabhagavat das. The hand positions of Srimati Radharani was elegantly designed and a marble stone big enough to accommodate that design had to be chosen. For carving Her the white Makarana marble waschosen. For carving Vrindavan bihari the black Bheklana marble was chosen. The Deities were carved in Jaipur and Mahabhagavat Das was overseeing the wholework and finally transported the Deities to Govardhan Eco Village. Srila Prabhupada gave the actual meaning of “bhakti” by translating it not just as “devotion” but as “devotional service.” This removes the misconception that bhakti is simply emotion in the heart and is often used for getting away from doing practical service for God.
It can’t be denied that bhakti is an emotion of heart but it does not stop it from inspiring the person to express the feeling in his words and actions. Just as a loving mother cooks a delicacy for her child, one can express his love for Lord Sri Krsna by serving Him, by doing something wonderful for Him. Therefore Srila Prabhupada also wrote “Devotional service is not a matter of sentimental speculation or imaginative ecstasy. Its substance is practical activity.” One important practical activity that not only engages few persons but a large number of people and utilizes various skills they have is to build a majestic temple for the Lord. It’s for this reason that in Vedic culture kings considered it an honor to have an opportunity to build a temple for the Lord. The artistically beautiful stone temple at GEV came into life from the evening of April 14th 2014 when the curtains unveiled for the audience Sri Sri Radha Vrindaban behari for the first time in the Shayana Adhivas ceremony. From the dawn of 14th April the preparations started and continued with various installation procedures on 15th April, the day of grand opening of the new Vedic Cultural and Educational Centre (VCEC) marked by the installation of Their Lordships.
Amongst the activities in the deity installation, one stood out in its beauty and intensity: the yajna, or fire sacrifice, being carried out center-stage. Huge flames urged on by ghee and accompanied by a chorus of strong voices chanting Vedic mantras and prayers chanted by theteam of HH Bhakti Vidyapurna Swami Maharaj and his team from Sridham Mayapur.There are six main installation rituals to establish the deities of which first is the sodhita pancagavya snana, a Sanskrit term meaning “purification by bathing with five items from the cow.” This process purifies the deities of any faults that occurred during the carving. The second step is called netra unmilinam, or opening the eyes of the deities. In the third part, knownas sayanadhivasa, the deities are placed on a bed surrounded by many auspicious items. These there rituals were performed on 14th April 2014 while the remaining three were performed after waking up Their Lordships on 15thApril.
The fourth ceremony is known as tattva-samhara-nyasa. The priest touched different parts of the deities’ bodies with a kusha-grass stick while chanting a mantra. In the fifth stage, knownas abhiseka, the deities were bathed in milk, yogurt, ghee, honey, and sugar water fruit juice, herbal waters, and flower-infused waters. The sixth item of installation is known as prana-pratistha, “establishing the life force.” All the installation procedures were carried out under the spiritual guidance of H.H. Bhakti Vidyapurna Swami Maharaj and his gurukul team along with H.H. Radhanath Swami Maharaj, H.G. Jananivas Prabhu and H.G. Pankajangri Prabhu. At the conclusion of these six processes, Their Lordships were taken behind the curtains and dressed so gorgeously that they stole the hearts of all those who took their darshan when the curtains unveiled with an up roaring kirtan. Sri Sri Radha Vrindaban behari is from then on being worshipped with high standards of cleanliness and punctuality and devotion by all the devotees in the GEV farm community.