Barsana Dham and Shree Raseshwari Radha Rani Temple
The temples were built by Hindu artisans to mirror the most
important holy district of Braj in India where, 5,000 years
ago, Shree Radha Rani and Shree Krishna first appeared.
As the main U.S. center for
Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat Barsana Dham, the facility
was designed to provide visitors the opportunity to
experience the true devotional environment of historical
ashrams. The ashram offers the rare opportunity to
experience the true devotional environment that prevailed
in the ashrams of the historic Saints of Vrindaban and
Barsana 500 years ago.
Parts of Barsana Dham have been specially developed for
devotional inspiration and meditation.
All the important historical places of Braj, such as
Govardhan, Radha Kund, Prem Sarovar, Shyam Kuti, Man Mandir
and Mor Kuti, etc., are mirrored in Barsana Dham, and a
natural stream named Kalindi stands in for the Yamuna river
Many local visitors and guests from throughout the U.S. and
around the world visit Barsana Dham and experience its
peaceful and devotional atmosphere.
5,000 years ago, during her last earthly incarnation,
Radha’s lived on a small hill of flowery gardens and
forests called Barsana Hill next to the village of Barsana.
Gahvarban forest was the main forest that bordered Barsana
Hill on one side. Radha would spend most days at play with
the Gopis among the perfumed creepers and flowery secluded
places of Barsana Hill and Gahvarban forest. Each day,
Krishn would find them and together they would chant all
types of loving leelas. Barsana Dham’s own Barsana Hill
looks amazingly similar, and was built to honor the spot
where Radha’s palace stood atop Barsana Hill in India. Just
behind the Temple and Radha’s shrine in Barsana Dham, there
is a holy pond that represents the original Radha Kund
located between Gahvarban forest and Radha’s palace on
Just a short walk from her temple, Shree Radha used to come
to bathe or play here with the Gopis and Krishn. Often,
they would all sit together as the Gopis sang of Radha’s
and Krishn’s glory or they would decorate a swing and swing
Radha or they would dance in playful, loving raas. Barsana
Dham and Shree Raseshwari Radha Rani Temple embody the
holiness of that historical place and time, and reflect the
spirit of those activities.