Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in Vrindavan
It has already been mentioned that when Shri Krishna's pastimes became unmanifest, nearly all the pastime places in Braj disappeared. Vrindavan, along with its place of rasa and Vanshivat, became dense forest and disappeared from sight. After some years, Shri Vajranabh Maharaja recovered the various pastime places of Braj with the help of Sandilya Rishi, Bhaguri Rishi and others. They did this by establishing temples, lakes, ponds and so forth. About four-and-a-half thousand years later, however, these places had again vanished. It was then that Shri Krishna appeared in this world as Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, immersed in the sentiment of Radhika. He re-established the lost pastime places of Shri Vrindavan and Braj Mandal, both directly by doing this Himself, and indirectly through Shri Rup, Shri Sanatan and other associates. The whole universe, especially the community of Vaishnavas, will eternally remain indebted to these personalities for this outstanding work. If they had not descended to this earth, who would now know about the sweetness of Vrindavan and who would be able to enter that sweetness? If Gaurangdev had not come, then who would have described the glories of Radhika and the topmost limit of prema-rasa? Narahari das sings with great feeling:
"If Shriman Gaurang Mahaprabhu had not appeared, then what would have become of us? How could we have tolerated living? In this universe, who would ever have come to know about the glories of Radhika and the topmost limit of prema-rasa? If Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had not come, who would have had the intelligence to join the sweet madhura rasa of Shri Radha-Krishna's pastimes in Vrindavan? Who else but Mahaprabhu could have bestowed the power to enter the Braj-ramanis loving mood of service to the youthful Divine Couple?"
Upon the direct order of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Gaudiya Vaishnava acharyas re-established the pastime places of Braj. Taking the help of various scriptures, Shri Lokanath Goswami, Shri Bhugarbha Goswami, Shri Sanatan Goswami, Shri Rup Goswami, Shri Gopal Bhatt Goswami, Shri Raghunath Bhatt Goswami, Shri Raghunath das Goswami, Shri Jiv Goswami and others rediscovered these places through their untiring endeavours.
Temples of Vrindavan
There are currently thousands of temples in Vrindavan, and therefore Vrindavan is also known as The City of Temples. There is a temple in every home. The following temples are some of the principal ancient ones: Shri Govind Deo, Shri Sakshi Gopal, Shri Gopinath, Shri Madan Mohan, Shri Radha Raman, Shri Radha Vinod, Shri Radha Madhav, Shri Radha Damodar, Shri Shyamsunder, Shri Radha Gokulanand, Shri Gaura-Nitai at Shringarvat, Shri Sitanath, Shri Radha Vallabh and Shri Banke Bihari. There are also many modern temples, like the temples of Shah ji, Lala Babu, Shri Rangji, Tadas, Jaipur Temple, Hadabadi-kunja, Varddhman Raja, Brahmachariji, Giridhariji, Tikari Rani, Shahjapur, Maharani Swarnamayi, Kalababu-kunja, Shri Rup Sanatan Gaudiya Math, Iskcon Temple and many others.