Gorgeous Sr Sri Radha Govindaji - the principal deities of Srila Rupa Goswami - now in Jaipur.
The image has good clarity and is set in acrylic. Has a stand too.
Made in India.
More Info: Sri Sri Radha Govinda:
Srila Rupa Gosvami originally established this temple under the
instruction of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; being ordered to excavate all
the lost Holy places of Vrindavan. Five thousand years earlier, Lord
Krishna’s grandson, Vajranaba, installed a number of important Deities
in Vrindavana; Govindaji was one of these Deities. Rupa Gosvami searched
all over Vrindavan to locate the Yogapith, the resting place of the
original Deity of Govindaji, but after months of searching, the Deity
could not be found.
Feeling disappointed, Rupa Gosvami came
and sat by the bank of the Yamuna river and shedding tears, he began to
call out the name of Lord Caitanya–“Ha Caitanya, Ha Caitanya” (oh,
Caitanya). Suddenly, Lord Krishna, appeared in the guise of a beautiful
brijbasi boy. He informed Rupa Gosvami that there was a cow that came
every day to a nearby hillock, and the cow emptied its milk into a hole
on the hilltop. He asked Rupa to accompany him to the place to see what
might be contained in the hole. Rupa Gosvami followed the boy and upon
reaching the spot, the boy disappeared.
Looking into the milk drenched hole,
Rupa Gosvami immediately fell unconscious in a wave of ecstatic
emotions. When he recovered, he summoned the local people who then
excavated the hole and found the beautiful Deity of Lord Govinda. The
loud cries of “Hey Govinda, He Krishna” suddenly reverberated throughout
The construction of the temple of Radha
Govinda began under the guidance of Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami and his
disciples headed by Raja Man Singh of Jaipur sometime after 1570. It was
the most impressive edifice that had ever produced in the whole of
Northern India. This temple was originally seven stories tall with a
marble altar, silver and gold. A sculptured lotus flower weighing
several tons decorates the main hall.
Less than one hundred years later,
Emperor Aurangzeb, the Muslim zealot, was standing on the ramparts of
his fort at Agra, and noticed a bright light burning in the far
distance. Upon being informed that this was a large ghee lamp kept atop
the Radha Govinda temple in Vrindavan, he became furious that a Hindu
shrine was taller than any Muslim building and immediately ordered its
destruction. By the time the soldiers of Aurangzeb arrived, Lord
Govindadeva and all the important Deities of Vrindavana had been moved
to safer places. The solidiers of Aurangzeb dismantled the top floors of
the Govindaji temple.
Because the soldiers of Aurangzeb
desecrated the main temple, it is believed that worship cannot continue
in that temple. Therefore this temple was established behind the
original Govindaji temple and it contains the pratibhu Deities of Radha
Govinda. The original Deities of Govinda were brought to Jaipur. The
pratibhu Deities are considered to be the same as the originals.