Radha Rani Temple

nameShri Radha Rani Temple
native_nameShreeji Temple, Shri Laadli Lal Temple
deityRadha Krishna
festivalsRadhashtami, Janmashtami, Lathmar Holi, Holi, Sharad Purnima, Kartik Purnima
year_completed1675 AD
founded_byRaja Veer Singh, Narayan Bhatt, Raja Todarmal, King Vajranabh
stateUttar Pradesh
coordinates27.65028°N, 77.37361°W
map_captionLocation in Uttar Pradesh
map_typeIndia Uttar Pradesh

Shri Radha Rani Temple, also called Shriji (Shreeji) Temple and Shri Laadli Lal Temple, is a Hindu temple, located in Barsana in Mathura district, Uttar Pradesh, India. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Radha. Barsana is believed to be her birthplace. The main deities of the temple are called Shri Laadli Lal (means beloved daughter and son), another name of Radha Krishna respectively.

The temple is stretched on the top of Bhanugarh hills, which is about 250 meters in height. The temple attracts huge crowd of devotees and tourists visiting temple from across the world for its most popular festivals - Radhashtami and Lathmar Holi.


!Radha Rani Mandir|||Radha Rani Temple, Barsana Radha Rani Temple is originally believed to be established by King Vajranabh (great-grandson of Krishna) around 5000 years ago. The temple is said to be in ruins; the icons were rediscovered by Narayan Bhatt (a disciple of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu) and a temple was built in 1675 AD by Raja Veer Singh. Later, the present structure of temple was built by Narayan Bhatt with the help of Raja Todarmal, one of the governors in the Akbar’s court. There is also a popular legend associated with the temple. According to it, Krishna’s father Nanda and Radha’s father Vrishbhanu were close friends. While Nanda was head of Gokula, Vrishbhanu was head of Rawal. However, fed up with the atrocities of Mathura’s king Kamsa, both of them with their people shifted to Nandgaon and Barsana. Nanda made Nandishvar hill his home and Vrishbhanu made Bhanugarh hill his permanent abode, which also ultimately became the abode of Radha. Presently, in both the twin towns of Barsana and Nandgaon, there stands the historical temples dedicated to Radha and Krishna on the peak of Nandishvar and Bhanugarh hills respectively. While Nandgaon temple is called the Nand Bhawan, Barsana temple is named after Radha, called Radha Rani temple or Shriji (Shreeji temple).


!Radharani Temple Barsana 2|||Shreeji Temple Shreeji Temple, with its arches, pillars and red sandstone, looks like a structure dating back to the Mughal era. This popular temple in Barsana has resemblance to the architectural style prevailing during that time. The temple looks like a magnificent palace which is made up of red sandstone and adorned with intricate hand carvings, beautiful arches, domes and exquisite paintings on its inner walls and ceilings. Red and white stones have been used for the construction of the temple, which are considered to symbolize the love of Radha and Krishna.

There are more than 200 stairs which leads to the main temple from ground. At the foot of the steps that lead to this temple is the palace of Vrishabhanu Maharaj where there are idols of Vrishabhanu Maharaj, Kirtida, Shridama (Sibling of Radha) and Shri Radhika. Near this palace is the temple of Brahma. Also, close by, there is Ashtasakhi temple where Radha along with her principal sakhis (friends) are worshiped. As the temple is on the peak of hill, the whole Barsana can be seen from the temple’s premises.


!Barsana Holi Festival|||Barsana Holi festival inside Radha Rani Temple premises Radhashtami and Krishna Janmashtami, birthdays of Radha and Krishna, are the chief festivals of the Radha Rani temple. On both these days, the temple is decorated with flowers, balloons and lights. The deities are dressed in new dresses and jewellery sets. After performing “Aarti)”, 56 types of dishes, also called “Chappan Bhog” is offered to Radha Krishna which later gets distributed to the devotees as “Prasada”. Besides Radhastami and Janmashtami, Lathmar Holi is also one of the significant festivals of the temple. To celebrate Lathmar Holi, devotees and tourists visit the temple. The Holi in Barsana starts a week before the actual day of the festival and lasts till Rang Panchami.

Temple timings

The time zone (UTC+05:30) observed through India by the priest.

Summer Timings - Morning 05:00 am to 02:00 pm and Evening 05:00 pm to 09:00 pm.

Winter Timings - Morning 05:30 am to 02:00 pm and Evening 05:00 pm to 08:30 pm.

How to Reach

  • Location: Radha Bagh Marg, Barsana, Uttar Pradesh 281405.
  • **Nearest Railway Station:  **Mathura railway station, which is around 50.7 km away from Radha Rani Temple and Kosi Kalan railway station which is around 10 kms away from the temple.
  • Nearest Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport New Delhi, which is around 150 km away from Radha Rani Temple. and Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Airport Agra, which is around 110 km away from Radha Rani Temple.

Nearby attractions

  • Rangeeli Mahal Barsana, also called Kirti Temple, named after Radha’s mother Kirtida and dedicated to Goddess Radha.
  • Maan Mandir, temple dedicated to Radha Krishna.
  • Mor Kutir, temple dedicated to peacock forms of Radha and Krishna.
  • Khadri Van.
  • Sankari Khor Barsana.
  • Pili Pokhar, also called Priya Kund dedicated to Goddess Radha.
  • Radha Bagh.
  • Shri Kushal Bihari, Jaipur Temple, Barsana.
  • Shri Chitra Sakhi Temple.

See also

  • Barsana
  • Radha Kund
  • Kusum Sarovar
  • Rangeeli Mahal Barsana
  • Nidhivan, Vrindavan
  • Bankey Bihari Temple, Vrindavan
  • Radha Krishna Vivah Sthali, Bhandirvan