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Sri Rangji Mandir was constructed in the year 1851 by the efforts of Sri Rangadeshik Swamiji. According to the Hindu calendar, Sri Rangadeshik Swamiji was born on the Karthik Krishna 7 in Punarvasu nakshatra in the year 1809 AD at "Agram" village of Tamil Nadu. He was introduced to study of Vedic scriptures under the guidance of learned scholars. In a short period of time he had mastered all that was taught to him and wanted to learn further. One night in a dream he was chased by a mad bull and wherever he went the bull kept chasing, when he turned towards North the bull stopped. Taking this as a divine sign, he joined Swami Sri Anantacharya of Kanchipuram who was going to North on a pilgrimage. When they reached Sri Goverdhanji, he met Swami Srinivasacharyaji, the head of Goverdhan Peeth of Sri Vaishnav sect, who was a very learned scholar. Sri Rangadeshik Swamiji became his disciple and very soon established himself as a brilliant scholar. Finding him suitable to  carry forward the torch of Sri Vaishanvavism, Swami Srinivasacharyaji  asked Sri Rangadeshik Swamiji to take over the reins of Sri Goverdhan Peeth.

In a very short period of time Swamiji's name and reputation as a great Vaishnava scholar had spread all over India. Inspired by his knowlwdge and devotion the brothers Seth Sri Radhakrishnaji and Sri Govind Dasji of Mathura approached Swamiji for discipleship and offered all their wealth at Swamiji's feet. Once when Swamiji was explaining about the greatness of the South Indian temples, then the brothers expressed their wish for establishing Sri Goda-Rangamannar at Vrindavan. Swamiji had always thought about the unfulfilled wish of Andal where she expresses her desire to spend her life at Vrindavan. Taking the wish of brothers as divine indication, Swamiji immediately went to Sri Rangam and expressed this desire to the divine couple Sri Goda-Rangamannar and sought their permission for starting the construction of the temple. Skilled labourers were hired from Sri Rangam and brought to Vrindavan and the construction work for the temple commenced in the yeat 1845. The brothers contributed whole heartedly and with their effort and Sri Goda Rangamnaar's grace the temple was completed in the year 1851 A.D. The total expenditure incurred was to the tune of Rs. 45 Lacs. In the year 1867 A.D Swamiji formed Sri Rangji Trust to take care of the functioning of the temple. Since then it has been five generations of Sri Randeshik Swamiji's who have served the Lord. The present head of the Sri Goverdhan Peeth Sri Goverdhan Rangacharya is the fifth generation of Sri Rangadeshik Swamiji.