Radha-Madhava in ISKCON Vrindavan
Rādhā-Mādhava on Rādhā-Śyāmasundara’s altar
Only during the entire month of kartika, Rādhā-Mādhava can be seen on the altar of Rādhā-Śyāmasundara in ISKCON Vrindavan. The rest of the year Rādhā-Mādhava stay in ISKCON Pattamundai located in Odisha.
Rādhā-Mādhava‘s visit to ISKCON Vrindavan
Every year, just before kartika month starts, Rādhā-Mādhava travel from their home to ISKCON Vrindavan (Sri Sri Krishna Balaram temple) in Vṛndāvana-dhāma. This yearly visit of Rādhā-Mādhava to ISKCON Vrindavan started in 2012 and continues every year till now.
Once they arrive in Vṛndāvana-dhāma, Rādhā-Mādhava first take rest in a devotees’ house. After that they are being carried to the temple on a beautifully decorated palanquin. As can be seen in the photo Rādhā-Mādhava take place on the altar of Rādhā-Śyāmasundara the entire month of kartik. In this way everyone can see Them during their stay in Vṛndāvana-dhāma in kartika month.
Since Rādhā-Mādhava are comparatively smaller in size than Rādhā-Śyāmasundara They can be easily overlooked. Please carefully look near the lotus feet of Śyāmasundara to see Them as that is where They usually stand.
Why do Rādhā-Mādhava visit ISKCON Vrindavan?
The reason why Rādhā-Mādhava can be specifically found in ISKCON Vrindavan was revealed by Dr. Fakir Mohan Das to His Holiness Dhanurdhara Swami Maharaja (disciple of Śrīla Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda):
“When your Prabhupada chanted Rādhā-Mādhava, he cried [referring to a famous incident when Srila Prabhupada introduced the song Jaya Rādhā-Mādhava and went into apparent ecstatic trance]. By his tears, he has attracted Rādhā-Mādhava. The Gaudiya Math, and all the Vaisnavas in Vrindaban, are coming to the Sri Krishna Balaram Mandir to see Rādhā-Mādhava, but your Srila Prabhupada cried for Him. He has thus come there.“