|Vrindadevi in Kamyavana|
The deity of Vrinda Devi was installed 5000 years ago by Vrajanabh, the great grandson of Krishna in Vrindavan, India. Vrinda Devi was rediscovered by Srila Rupa Goswami as he was excavating the Brahma Kunda in Vrindavan. She was installed in the right side of the Govindaji Mandir, the biggest and most impressiv red stone temples of north India. Today Vrinda Devi is found in a temple in Kamyavana. The story goes that under Muslim persecusion the Rajput Kings from Jaipur came to Vrindavan to take the deities for protection to their stronghold. Vrinda Devi refused to leave the area of Braj Mandal by making herself so heavy that nobody could lift her onto the carriage.
Vrinda Devi is the original queen of Vrindavan. Through her expansion of unlimited Tulasi plants (Vrinda devis), she decorates the forest of the Braj Mandal which is thus also called Vrindavan (Van means forest). The VRINDAVAN INSTITUTE FOR VAISNAVA CULTURE AND STUDIES (VRINDA) has been established in Vrindavan as the headquarter of the world wide VRINDA mission of Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj and associated godbrothers.
Serving the inspiration he got from his spiritual master Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and his Siksa Gurus, Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj received the Vrinda Kunja, one of the sacred garden of Vrinda Devi as the Ashram location in Vrindavan.
Here twice a year intemate Vaisnava meetings are celebrated by the members of VRINDA. Bordering on the Sri Gopesvara Mahadeva temple, Vrinda Kunja is one of the most extraordinary holy places of Vrindavan. Lord Siva received here the mercy of Vrinda Devi to be transformed into a Gopi and to be introduced to Krishna in his Rasa Lila. Sri Krishna posted Lord Siva with the new name Gopesvara in this place to be the gatekeeper for the holiest of all Lilas, the Maha Ras of Lord Krishna.
Vrinda Devi also decorates the holy Dham in the service of her beloved Srimati Radharani, who was installed as the real queen of Vrindavan by Vrinda Devi herself.
After the members of the VRINDA mission repaired the old Temple of the Queen of Manipur, which was situated in Vrinda Kunja, the most blissful surprise took place. A Brahmin brought the deities of Sri Sri Radha Braja Mohan to the temple, where already Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Giriraj Govardhana had been installed by our founder. The deities had been installed 200 years ago in Santipur in Bengal and the Brahmin had worshipped them for many years and taken them to Vrindavan. After delivering the deities to Vrinda Kunja the Brahmin took Sannjas and left. The original deities of Sri Sri Mahaprabhu Radha Vraja Mohan had been taken to the state of Tripura. Now they had again manifested their mercy in a new form in Vrinda Kunja.
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