In my earlier post, I wrote about the history of Kanak Vrindavan as well as one of its temple, Natwar ji Temple. This post focuses on the main temple in the Kanak Vrindavan complex – Radha Madhav Mandir/ Temple dedicated to the Lord Krishna and his consort Radha ji.
By a popular opinion, assumption exists that the idol of Lord Govind Dev ji was ensconced at Radha Madhav Temple in 1714 AD before moving it into the existing Govind Devji Temple. There are no written records, this is merely an assumption based on the re-construction of the events. Therefore, Radha Madhav Temple at Kanak Vrindavan is commonly referred as old Govind Devji Temple in Jaipur.
History of Kanak Vrindavan Temples and Garden in Kanak Ghati, Jaipur
The temple follows the architectural style of the Natwar ji Temple.
However, Radha Madhav Temple is bigger than the former. The sanctum is on the first floor, while the ground floor has several rooms. The temple faces the East direction; the staircase for the public entrance however is from the North side of the temple.
Looking at the architecture and layout the original entry was supposedly from the Eastern direction which is now closed for the public. The current staircase seems a later addition.
Even though the temple follows non ostentatious Rajput architectural style, it still looks stunning though Radha Madhav Temple in Kanak Vrindavan follow the layout of Haveli style, so there is no spire. In the below picture, the floor features the old plaster technique called Araish which simulate the mirror finish of white marble.
The temple largely follows Rajput architectural style, Mughal influence is evident in this beautiful Bengaldar Chhatri above the old staircase.
The idols and the sanctum looks stunning.
People commonly refer to the surrounding area as kanak Ghati.
Kanak Vrindavan Temple was renovated few years ago by the Hindustan Charitable Trust. Govind Devji Temple, Jaipur maintains and manages both Natwarji Temple and Radha Madhav Temple at Kanak Vrindavan, Jaipur.
I recommend a visit to Kanak Vrindavan temples and Gardens to enjoy its serenity and blissful environs.
Timing of Kanak Vrindavan Temple at Kanak Ghati
Govind Devji temple trust governs both Radha Madhav ji and Natwar ji Temple. Both these temples follow the same system of Govind Dev ji temple with regards to the Jhanki and Aarti. Do check the Govind Devji Temple Darshan timing online. The temple is open throughout the day. You can have Darshan during any of the 7 prescribed slots in a day.
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