Mathura and Vrindavan both are considered among the most religious places for Hindu pilgrimage. Vrindavan is the spiritual centre of the world. There are various temples based on both old and modern traditions. Radha Damodar Temple is one of the oldest temples of Vrindavan. This sacred temple was established by Madhav Gaudiya Sampradaya. According to some beliefs, this temple was established by Jiva Gosvami in 1542 who is the nephew of Rupa Gosvami and Sanatana Gosvami. You can hear the spiritual sounds of Bhajans and Aarti in this wonderful temple. The devotional aura of this place attracts everyone towards it.
In 1670, Shri Radha Damodar deities were moved to Jaipur for some time to keep them safe due to the invasion of King Aurangzeb in Vrindavan. When the community conditions became positive, they were brought back again to Shri Dham Vrindavan. In Jaipur, however a counterpart (pratibhu) of the deity was established.
Jiva Gosvami also established a library here, where he gathered all the original article, documents and text of the Gosvamis. The time factor and negligence have mutually destroyed a majority of these works. The Vrindavan Research Institute has been able to conserve some of things from this unique library, including autographed manuscript or you can say original documents of Sanatana Gosvami and Rupa Gosvami. There were over 2000 original manuscripts, many was there over three or four hundred years old.
Leelas (activities) of Lord Krishna are popular in the whole world. Every temple in Vrindavan has a beautiful story behind it The story behind of this temple is very interesting. When Sanatana Gosvami became old, it was not easy for him to reach Govardhana Hill which was 22 miles around. Then, Lord Krishna handed over him a shila and told him if he will circumambulate the shila that would be equal to going Govardhana Hill. In this way, Lord Krishna blessed his devotee.
You can have a look of this holy shila by giving a small donation to the Pujari (priest). On the occasion of Janmastami, this amazing Govardhana-shila is placed for display so that devotees can get the darshan. You can see Lord Krishna’s footprint on this shila. Govardhana-shila is also known as Giri Raj Charan Shila. The auspicious day, on which Giriraj Shila is taken out from Garbh Grah, is known as Annakut Mahotsav. Many devotees come here to do the parikrima of Giriraj Charan Shila. It is believed that by doing parikrima, you can get the heartiest blessings of Lord Krishna. Devotees from all over the world come here to offer their service (Sewa) to this sacred and ancient temple. It is believed that Lord Krishna fulfill all desires of his devotees. In this holy shrine, you can also find the rare Tamal tree. One must visit this temple to get the blessings from God.