May 6 2012, Bangalore, India — Sri Radharaman is one of the few original Deities of the Goswamis still in Vrindavan.
Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami used to worship twelve Shaligram shilas. Wherever he would go he would bring them with him in a piece of cloth tied at the corner. One day a wealthy man came to Vrindavana and offered Gopala Bhatta a variety of clothing and ornaments for his Shaligrams. Being very impressed with the Gosvami he wanted his darshan and to render some service. However, Gopala Bhatta couldn’t use these for his round-shaped Shaligrams, so he advised the donor to give the Deity decorations to someone else, but the Seth insisted.
Gopala Bhatta kept the clothes and ornaments with his shilas. While Gopala Bhatta Gosvami was absorbed in remembering how the half-man, half-lion form of the Supreme Lord had manifested from the pillar in Hiranyakashipu’s palace, he prayed in transcendental lamentation to the Lord: “Oh my Lord, you are very merciful and always fulfill the desires of your devotees. I wish to serve you in your form, having arms and legs and blissful smiling face, with lotus eyes…. If I had a Deity then I would be able to decorate Him so nicely with these clothes and ornaments.”
Lamenting in this manner, he went to sleep. Early the next morning when he came to offer puja for the Shaligrams he discovered that one of the Silas (Damodar) had transformed into the most beautiful Deity of Krishna, Who had manifested Himself out of love, to receive worship from Gopal Bhatta Goswami. This wonderful event of the appearance day of Radha-Raman happened on the day after Sri Narasimha Chaturdashi, and is celebrated on that day accordingly.
Below are some exclusive photographs of the most beautiful Sri Radha Ramana…