In Brij bhoomi we have four deities of Lord Shiva, in four directions, known a “Dik-Palas”. They are supposed to be the protectors of Brij Dhama from all directions. Besides that is Nandeshwara Mahadeva, at Nand Maharaj’s palace in Nandgaon.
The palace of Nanda Maharaja is situated atop Nandeshwara hill in Nandagaon. Lord Shiva asked for a boon from Narayana of getting a chance to witness the Brij pastimes of Lord Krishna. Reciprocating with this desire, Lord Krishna granted him this form in Nandagaon. Lord Shiva has stayed at Nandagaon in the form of Nandeshwara Mahadeva and even today, the charnamrita and maha-prasada of Lord Krishna is first offered to him.
Bhuteshwara Mahadeva protects Brij-Dhama from the western side. The tradition is that when coming to Brij Dhaama, one must first go to Mathura to take permission from him to enter the dhama. Sri Chaitanya Charitamrta (Madhya 17.191) by Srila Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami describes how Lord Chaitanya also visited Bhuteshwara Mahadeva on his visit to Brij Dhama:
स्वयंभू, विश्राम, दीर्घ-विष्णु, भूतेश्वर
महाविद्या, गोकर्णादि देखिला विस्तार
Gopishwara Mahadeva is one of the most prominent deities in the Gaudiya-sampradaya and is mentioned in many Gaudiya literatures, being a very ancient protector of Sri Vrindavana Dhama. It is said that one cannot enter Vrindavana without his permission. His glories are sung throughout the Goswami literatures:
श्रीमद–गोपीश्वरम वंदे शंकरम करुणामयम
सर्व–क्लेश–हरम देवम वृंदारण्य–रति–प्रदम
I offer my respectful obeisance’s to Sri Gopishwara, who is merciful Lord Shiva himself. He removes troubles and grants spiritual love in Vrindavana. (Sri Bhakti Ratnakar 5.3741)
On the northern bank of Manasi Ganga is a group of five Shiva-lingas that are famous by the name Chakaleshwara Mahadeva. These five Shiva-lingas are considered to be Lord Shiva’s five faces. They protect the area of Govardhan. This part of Manasi Ganga is known as Chakra-tirtha. When Indra sent Samvartaka clouds to drown Brij Dhama, Lord Krishna lifted Govardhan parvat to save them. He then asked Sudarshan Chakra to appear above the hill and clear the clouds. When danger was over, Sudarshan Chakra requested Lord Krishna to give him a place to rest and he granted this spot, hence the name “Chakra-Tirtha”. The present temple is recent; the original one was destroyed by the Muslim invaders. However, the deities here are very old and are said to have been installed by Krishna’s great-grandson Vajranabha.
Kama means “desire”. It is said that Kameshwara Mahadeva is the fulfiller of one’s desires. Kameshwara Mahadeva resides in Kamyavan in the western part of Brij-mandala. It is said that Vrishabhanu Maharaja worshipped Kameshwara to get a daughter. He already had a son, Sridama but now, he wanted a daughter. Kameshwara granted his desire and he obtained Srimati Radharani as his daughter.
जय श्री कृष्णा
ॐ नमः शिवाय