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There are nearly fifteen temples of Manipur Rajbari in Vrindavan and around twenty five in Radha Kund, at a distance of about 20 kms from Vrindavan.
The temple was constructed nearly 200 years ago. The paint is peeling off the walls and the living condition of the shebait is poor but Nanda-Kishore ji is served bhog and offered arti five times a day with proper seva. The simple cement floor of the temple is paved with plaques in memory of kings who yearned to give up their mortal coil in Vrindavan. Such is the devotion of Manipur monarchs that their names also reflect various names of Krishna.
Vrindavan in Braj Mandal
Vrindavan is an old place. It is located in Braj Mandal. The large Braj Mandal area is situated south of New Delhi and it is spread over an area of around 3,800 square kilometers. The land of Lord Krishna’s birth, childhood and adolescence years, it finds mention in the Mahabharata, Vishnu Mahapurana and Srimad Bhagavata Mahapurana. The present day Braj region corresponds to the kingdom of Surasena , with Mathura as its capital city. According to the Buddhist text Anguttara Nikaya, Surasena was one of the sixteen Mahajanapadas in the 6th century BCE.
The geography of the ancient Surasena janapada among the many janapadas of Uttarapatha was similar to that of a centre-point of a circle. The mighty janapadas of Kuru, Panchal, Matsya and Salva surrounded it from all sides. Sometimes, they exerted their influence on Surasena’s culture and sometimes they themselves were influenced by it. Despite going through political ups and downs, the janapada, now known as Braj Mandal maintains its cultural identity through lores of Sanjhi and Tesu, festivals like the world famous Holi, decorative designs of phool bangla, the artistic floral frames and characteristic rituals of the various sampradaya temples that dot the sacred geography of Vrindavan. The Manipur temples are an integral part of this ancient landscape.
Vajpayee, Krishnadutt. Braj ka Itihaas. Akhil Bhartiya Braj Sahitya Mandal, 1955.