Dauji Mandir

Here one can see the largest and most famous deity of Lord Balaram in the whole of Vraja, who is known as affectionately as Dauji, which means Krishna’s elder brother. The deity is almost seven feet tall and was installed by Vrajnabha maharaja. It is said that once Balaram, while herding cows at His place showed His original form as the Supreme Personality of Godhead to the cowherd boys, therefore Vrajnabha established the deity of Dauji here as the presiding deity of the eastern petal of the lotus Vraja. Sometimes Dauji is mentioned as being as the presiding deity of the southern petal, but this post is also credited to lord Varaha, who resides at the southern most tip of Vraja at Saukari- Vateshwara (Batasar). This temple of Dauji marks the most southerly point on the Vraja mandal parikrama route. The puranas say that Balaram is also one of the famous upavanas or sub forests of Vraja.

In the course  of time, the deity of Dauji was lost and probably hidden during the period of Greco-Bactrian, Saka, and Kushan invasions of India that began around 150 BC. It is most likely that all the prominent deities of Vrindavan dham were hidden in Kundas or buried underground during this period including; Govindaji, Gopinathji and Madana mohana. The city of Mathura fell under the control of invading armies and by the turn of the 1st century become the southern capitol of the Kushan empire. The Kushan’s who were Turko-Iranians, are originally believed to have been Zorastrians, but soon converted to Buddhism and under the leadership of Kushan kings like Kanishka, Vasishka, Huvishka and Rajulu, Buddhism become the most prominent religion in north India for the next seven hundred years. During their rule Mathura was converted into one of the most important places of Buddhist culture and learning in the whole India.

The deity of Dauji has not yet been rediscovered during the time of Lord Chaitanya or the six Goswamis, but was discovered around one hundred and fifty years later, lying at the bottom of an ancient Kunda in the town of Balaram . During the reinstallation ceremony of the deity, it is said that the local residents poured milk from one hundred thousand cows into the kunda where Dauji was found, as an offering to the deity. The kunda then became celebrated as Kasirasagara-kunda, which means kunda containing the ‘ocean of milk’. This same kunda is also called Sankarshana kunda, which is another name of Lord Balaram. In the temple the deity of Dauji or Lord Balaram can be seen holding a cup of varuni-rasa in His left hand . Hidden to the side of the alter to the side of Lord Balaram is the Lord’s eternal consort Revati devi, who is visible from just one side of the alter doorway, probably because of Her deity was installed at a later date sometime after the temple was built.