Vrindavan - Land of Temples

 Being my hometown and a place of sacred importance
Vrindavan, just 15 km from Mathura is one of the major pilgrimages and situated in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh around 151 km south of Delhi..  This holy land is the site of thousands of Temples and religious buildings. The name ‘Vrindavan’ is said to have been derived from ‘Vrinda’, another name for the sacred tulsi (basil) plant. A legend has it that the entire place was a tulsi grove at one time.

I just love this destinations however it includes my personal interest to meet my maternal relatives, but indeed the place also hold a divine and spiritual importance….there is something special in the air and the soil that attracts a huge number of tourists both local and Foreign.

For some it is a holy place for performing all the rituals or visiting temples to seek blessings of Lord Krishna, on the other hand for travel freaks it’s a place of a unique importance with a different culture, society and lifestyle… full of temples holding archeological significance and interesting Vedic and historic facts about Hinduism.

This land of Lord Krishnaa’s childhood had many interesting things to offer what you need is just a weekend and if you want to explore the area including the villages like Nandgaon, Barsana, Goverdhan e.t.c  then you can divide your trip to number of weekends as it is only a 3 hour drive from Delhi.

Celebrations are, in fact, a way of life in Vrindavan. Any occasion is a time to celebrate and remember the name of God. Chanting of the names of Radha and Krishna, dancing, singing, etc., are the ways that are considered to take a devotee from this physical world to the heavenly abode. Janmashtami in the months of July/August is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Krishna and thousands of devotees throng the place from all over the country.

Holi is also celebrated with as much enthusiasm.
 Almost every day there is a festival in Vrindavan, but the major ones include Govardhan Puja, Guru Poornima, Holi, Govardhan Puja, Jhulan Yatra (swing festival), Radhashtami, and Basant Panchami.

One of the most important and vibrant temples is the Bankey Bihari Temple, The Bankey Bihari Temple houses a sacred image of Krishna known as Thakkur Ji, which shows Krishna with an almost blackened body.

The Govind Dev Temple
was built in 1590 by Raja Man Singh and now lies empty, its upper layers having been torn down during the time of the Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb, who doubtless considered the place one of idolatry. What remains of this red sandstone edifice is impressive. If one takes the time to examine the artwork and in particular, the vaulted ceiling, one may experience a lot of the devotional fire that inspired it in the first place.

The Rangaji Temple

dates from 1851 and is a mixture of architectural styles, including a Rajput entrance gate, a soaring south Indian gopuram (gateway tower), and an Italianate colonnade. 

One of the most impressive temples is the ISKCON Temple, which was built with funds from devotees overseas. Here, the marble buildings almost glow with a light of their own and there is evidence of intricate carving.

Mathura is the place where according to Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna born. The place is closely linked with many episodes in the early life of Krishna. The main places to visit are Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi, Vishram Ghat, Sati Burj, Kans Qila, Jama Masjid, Dwarkadheesh Temple, and the Archeological Museum.

Gokul and Mahaban nearby are the places where Krishna was secretly raised. Thousands of pilgrims visit these places during the birthday festival of Lord Krishna (Janmashtami) in July/August.

Barsana is the place where Krishna’s consort Radha was born. The place is especially interesting during the festival of Holi when the women of Barsana attack the men of nearby village Nandgaon with sticks and play the Lathmar Holi.

An eighteenth-century stronghold of the Jat rajas with its picturesquely contrived garden-cum-water palaces, Deeg is a popular tourist rendezvous today. It is situated around 21 km off Vrindavan.

Agra, the capital of great Mughals and city of Taj Mahal is around 67 km off Vrindavan.

Other Places of significant importance are:

Yamuna darshan at the Keshi Ghat

Many pilgrims go at early morning and walk around Vrindavan for two to three hours.

This is called Pancha Kosi Parikrama. It was here that Sri Krishna killed the Keshi demon and saved his friends. Build by the King of Bharatpur the imposing landmark gives us a clear idea, how beautiful all Vrindavan was, after the followers of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu attracted people from all over India, including their Kings, to establish pilgrim centers for the devotees of different regions.

 Sri Gopesvara Mahadeva,
the protector of the Dham.You can easily walk to the next temple. He has been posted as the gatekeeper of the Rasa dance and to protect the Dham.

 Vamsi Vata.
From the Gopesvara Mahadeva temple we walk a few steps to the entrance of the Vamsi Vata temple.Before we reach there, we will come to VRINDA'S Gopal Mandir. Here is the information center of the WVA World Vaisnava Association also known as the Visva Vaisnava Raj Sabha. Here you can get information about the activities of the joined forum of the Gaudiya Sampradaya and all their different missions.

 Vrinda Kunja.
From the Vamsi Vata temple you walk back passing again the Gopesvara temple and turn left on the small Bhut Gali. On the next turn is the entrance to the Vrinda Kunja. This sacred garden of Vrinda devi is a true forest of Vrinda trees. Vrinda Kunja is also the place where Vrinda devi blessed Lord Shiva to enter the Rasa dance of Lord Krishna.

Sri Sri Radha Govindaji Mandir.
From Vrinda Kunja we will walk to the Radha Govindaji Mandir.On the way is also the magnificent Ranganath Mandir(16) and Brahma Kunda. Lord Vishnu also came to Vrindavan in the form of the Ranganath deity to witness the sweetness of Lord Krishnas pastimes here.

Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Mandir.
From Govindaji Mandir you can walk to the Gopinath Mandir going through Gopinath Bazaar. Turn to the left in direction to the Radha Raman temple and you will pass by the entrance to the Gopinath Mandir. Magnificent construction tells us of a glorious past.

 Sri Sri Radha Raman Mandir.
Here, next to the Yamuna, everything is very close to each other, telling us the story how intimate those great Acharyas were with each other. The worship of the deity of Radha Raman is on a very high standard.

Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda Mandir.
From here you can visit the next temple of Srila Lokanath Goswami by walking down the street towards Keshi Ghat for a few meters. A very sweet and small temple not to by missed. This is the Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda temple.In the compound you will visit the Samadhi of Srila Lokanath Goswami, Srila Narrottama das Thakur, his only disciple and of Viswanath Cakravarty Thakur. Inside the temple are also the deities if Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana. The last two saints did enormous work to restore the happiness in Braj after the Muslim attacks had taken place.

Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohan Mandir.
The next stop is a little further. You can take a Riksa, or walk if you feel well. Now we will return to the center of Vrindavan to the holy Seva Kunja. You can take a Riksa or walk. In the middle of the way is the popular Bankebihari temple.

Seva Kunja. 
Coming from Vansi Vat ,after a short Krishna and the Gopis reach the Rasa Stali, which is the wonderful area of Srimati Radharanis Seva Kunja. The garden of Seva Kunja surrounds the temple of Srimati Radharani and also Lalita Kunda is situated here. At night it is prohibited to come here.

Bhatron Temple : 
This temple is less popular and lies in the border area of Entrance inside a village situated above a small hill it is unique and serene , due to lack of awareness the number tourist visiting the area is negligible , but I love visiting the temple passing thru Dwarikaadheesh ki Bagichi which is another place of archeological importance.

Dwarikaadheesh ki Bagichi

Map from Delhi to Vrindavan

Facts and Figures
2.25 sq km
Hindi, Braj, and English
Best time to visit
October to March
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1 Response to "Vrindavan - Land of Temples"

  1. Shailender Kaushik Ji, on December 1, 2012 at 1:30 PM said:

    Shri Bhatron Bihari Ji Temple is of great value and importance. To Know more Please visit Temple's official website http://www.shribhatronbihariji.com

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