Situated high on a hilltop that overlooks varsana is the majestically beautiful temple known as the Sriji Mandir. this is one of the most famous temple in Vrajawas built on the spot where Radharani once lived in Her father’s place. The temple is also called the Ladliji as well as larilylal mandir. the village of varsna is the place where Radharani spent the early part of her youth, prior to her marriage with Abhimanyu. Although she was ooriginally born at Raval Near Gokula, when Krishna’s father moved his kingdom from Gokula to Nandagaram dur to fear of demons, his close friend Vrishbhanu Maharaja, Radha’s father, also moved his kingdome from Raval to Varsana. Nanda Maharaja and vrishbhanu were both the kings and rulers of the cowheard men, and both were extreamly wealthy because they possesd thousand of cows and maintained the large stock of milk, buter, yogurt, ghee, as well as substantial stock of grains.They both built oppulent and spacious palaces on the summit of hills and each palace was fully equipped with all the necessities and included many luxurious and palatial rooms where their respective family lived.
In the Bhakti-ratnakara it says.”Here is Vrishbhanupura, also known as Varsna.Close to this mountain is the residence of Vrishbhanu. on this wonderful mountain the prince of vraja, Vrajendra-Kumar, performs the dana-lila unseen by others. Here Radha’s proud pique was broken and where Krishna become intoxicated by performing so many wonderful pastimes. Between the two mountains is a narrow path known as Sankara-khora or ‘Danaghati’, and the fun that they had there is completely indescribable. The dana-lila, mana-lila and vilasa-lila, all took place on the ridges of these two mountains. Radharani played with her girlfriends here in Her childhood. In her odolescence beauty of her full youth-hood”
This magnificent temple perched high on the hilltop is one of the most famous site in the whole Vraja.One has to walk up almost two hundred steps to reach the main gateway of the temple. Appearing more like a medieval palace with its high walls and elaborately designed ‘chatris’ and arches, the temple of Shriji is dedicated to Srimati Radharani, who is known locally by the pet name ‘Shri’.This famous temple is also known as ladlilal Mandir, because it contains deties of ladli and lala, who are the childhood form of Radha and krishna. The word ladli means ‘dearly beloved daughter’ and ‘lala’ means ‘dearly beloved son’, which is an affectionate way of addresing young boys and girls in Vraja.The deities were discoverd here at Varsana by Srila Narayana Bhatta, who also built the original temple with the help of Raja Todarmal, his dedicated followers and important minister in the Goverment of emperor Akbar.The temple is actually built on the site of Maharaja Vrishbhanu’s palace where Radharani used to live. This temple was at one time also known as the Radha-Ramana Mandir. According to historical records, the temple is seen today was built by the king of orchha, Raja Bir Singh in 1675.
The hill on which the temple stands is stated in the shastras to be a manifestation of Lord Brahma.who after pleasing Lord krishna, was given a boon to appear at this place in a form of a hill, so that he could witness the Transcendental pastimes that would take place here.Lord brahma desired to perform some minial service for Radha and krishna and therefore appeared as a hill on which the ‘divine couple’ could enact trascendental pastimes and he could also obtain the dust of their lotus feet upon his head. it is mentioned in the puranas that Lord Brahma performed penance of sixty thousand year in order to acheive the divine darshana of Radha and Krishna. This hill which is known as Brahmagiri, or sometimes as brahmachala parvata, has four different peaks representing the four heads of Lord Brahma.There is a second hill Situated right next to brahmagiri known as vilasgad, vilas parvat, or sometimes as vishnu parvata, and is consiered to be a manisfestation of Lord Vishnu.