Vrindavan is an additional major place of pilgrimage. It is marked for its numerous temples – both old and modern. The name Vrindavan stirs up the playfulness and lovable uniqueness of Shri Krishna. Gopeshwar Mahadeva temple is among the oldest temples of Vrindavan and is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who came to Vrindavan just to become a Gopi of Krishna. This sacred temple is situated near Vanshivat in Vrindavan. The great-grandson of Krishna is Vajranabha, established the Shiva-linga in this temple. Every morning from 4 am to noon, thousands of devotees pour the water of Yamuna over the linga. There is also a big peepal tree named ‘Kalpvriksha’. It is believed that this tree fulfills all the wishes of devotees who visit there.
There is a very interesting story behind this prominent temple. On a lovely night of Sharat Poornima, when Lord Krishna was performing the Maharasa on the banks of Yamuna near to Vanshivat, Vrindavan, then Lord Shiva along with wife Parvati also went there to take part in Maharasa. Mother Parvati has readily contracted entry into Rasa Mandal but Lord Shiva was detained at the periphery of Vrindavan by Vrinda Devi, the presiding deity of Vrindavan. Vrinda Devi told him that there is only a single male deity in Vrindavan, which is Lord Krishna. The courage of Rasa is to gratify Raseshwari Shri Radha as a sakhi (friend) so as to make the most of the bliss or Rasa Ras. A male follower, however dignified he may be, can never develop this sakhibhav and is thus not admirable of entering into Rasa Mandal. Shiva had no option but to sit at the doorway point of Vrindavan and watching the glorious Leela of spirituality.
According to legends, Lord Shiva is regarded as the first Vaishnav ever and the mentor of all Vaishnavas, because he is a devotee of Lord Vishnu, of whom, Lord Krishna is the avatar. While Lord Shiva is dedicated to Vishnu, Vishnu to is the devotee of Shiva. Some extremely regarded sages also say that these two are alike. Vishnu and Shiva are two forces of the same galaxy, the destroyer, and the creator. This auspicious temple is also the symbol of the two sexual forces and their entangled nature.
A large number of devotees come to this place to their curtsy to the Lord. This temple wonderfully puts ahead of the unity of both the feminine and masculine powers of nature. The Shiva Linga is the symbol of male power which is worshipped at the daytime on the same way but during the night time of the Raas Leela, the Shiva linga is dressed like Gopi, with special Srinagar.
The masculine form of the Shiva Linga is worshipped during the 6 to 10 am, whereas, during the 5 to 9 pm, the feminine form of the Gopeshwar is worshipped. After that, Raas Leela is assumed. Devotional aura of Gopeshavra Mahadev Temple attracts the devotees. One must visit this holy shrine to get blessings from Lord Shiva.