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Bhuteshwar Mahadev Temple: Shiva in the city of Krishna

Bhuteshwar Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the oldest temple of the city. Devotees visit here on the occasions of Shiv Ratri or Savan Somvaars to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva.

The Bhuteshwar Mahadev Mandir is the admiration of Hindu temple situated in Garravkendra, Mathura dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is also said to be a Shaktipeeth where the ringlet of Mata Sati fell after her body was destroyed by Lord Vishnu. The temple premises are considered unique & special as it is one of the very few temples in the city which is not dedicated to Lord Krishna.

About the temple:

The temple of Bhuteshwar Mahadev is one of the most popular and older temple of Mathura, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The deity god Lord Shiva is alluded here as Bhuteshwar Mahadev. The temple has a sanctum of around 100 sq. m region in measure. The common tale related to the temple is that Lord Shiva came to Braj and dwelled as the defender of Lord Krishna's house, Vrindavan Dham. 

The temple also incorporates the idol of Patal Devi, who was adored by King Kansa. In the holy month of Sawan, amid five Mondays, the Bhuteshwar Mahadev Temple is swarmed by numerous enthusiasts. This is perfect place for chatting with family and companions. The lord Krishna and Gopis are said to prayed to SHIVA when he took the form of a gopi to participate in Maharasa of Sri Krishna

Major Attractions of Temple:

One of the oldest temples of Mathura, Bhuteshwar Mahadev temple houses the Patal Devi Cave, the goddess worshipped by King Kansa. The presiding deity of Lord Shiva is referred to as Bhuteshwar Mahadev. The magnificent environment gives the peace of mind and calmness. You can find a lot of Sadhu in the temple doing meditation & Prayers.

The devotees offer their prayers to the deity by praying the Shiva Linga installed in the Temple. They offer Milk, Dahi, Shahad, Jal, etc. to the deity with faithfulness & love. 

Entry Fees, Aarti Timings & Mandir Opening Timings:

Though the temple is open full year but the best time to visit here is January, February & March and October, November & December. The Mandir gets open at 5:30am to 12:00pm in the morning & 4:00pm to 9:00pm in the evening during summers. While in winters the time changes to 6:30am to 12:30pm in the morning & 3:30pm to 8:00pm in the evening. The timings are subjected to change for special occasions & events.

There is no Entry Fees to visit the temple but you should be beware of Monkeys around the temple. The Temple is nearest to Mathura railway station Junction and is located at Garravkendra, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, 281003, India.

Shri Radha Madan Mohan Ji Temple : Vrindavan

 Of all the Holy Places in Vrindavan, Madan Mohan Temple is one of those most revered because it has the distinction of being the oldest temple in Vrindavan. On Tours to Vrindavan, one cannot possible let go the chance of visiting it. It is not just simply a place of worship; it is an old structure that has stood the test of times.

Madan Mohan temple located close to the Kaliya ghat is the oldest of all Goswami temples in Vrindavan. ‘Madan’ means Kamadeva (God of desire and Love) and 'Mohan' means one who charms thus the god who can even charm Kamadeva is named as Lord Madan Mohan.

About the Temple:

Amongst the oldest temple in Vrindavan built in 1580, Madan Mohan Temple is located on a hillock with fortified walls around it, along the parikrama path just a little distance from Banke Bihari Temple. The striking temple with its 60-ft high shikhar, is now under the aegis of the Archaeological Survey of India. It was built by Kapur Ram Das of Multan. It is the oldest existent temple in Vrindavan today. It is said that after vanquishing the demon Kaliya, Lord Krishna rested on this hillock. Drenched with water he began to feel cold, and instantly, twelve Suns (Dwadasha Aditya) came down to give him warmth, giving the hillock its name, Dwadasha Aditya teela (hill).

The temple is closely associated with the saint Chaitanya Maha Prabhu. The original Idol of Lord Madan Gopal was shifted from the shrine to Karauli district in Rajasthan for safe keeping, during Aurangzeb's rule. Today, replica of the image is worshipped at the temple.

Major Attractions of the Temple:  

The old Radha Madan Mohan temple is built 50 feet high on the Dwadashaditya hill. The original temple tower is flanked by two buildings by it’s both sides, all three built of red sandstone thus, exhibiting a magnificent work of architecture as the reminiscent of Mughal era. The left one has a huge gate which remains closed & the right one has the bhajan kutir (cottage) and samadhi (cenotaph) of Sri Sanatana Goswami. The central temple tower has the idols of Radha & Krishna along with those of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu & also the Idol of Lalita Sakhi (friend of Sri Radha).

With the scorching heat of those 12 suns, Krishna’s body began to perspire and thus a small lake was formed as a result of water collected due to perspiration. Thus the ghat near this place was known to be as Prashkandana Ghat. 

Advaita Vat is the old Banyan tree in Vrindavan where Sri Advaita Acharya rested chanting the names of Lord Krishna when he came to Vrindavan. He found the beautiful idol of Lord Madan Mohan under the tree. It was under this tree that Krishna Das Kaviraj started writing the famous epic of Chaitanya Charitamrita.

Krishna koop is an old well within the temple area of Lord Madan Mohan which is said to have been created by Lord Madan Mohan himself with his flute to quench the thirst of his beloved devotee Shrila Sanatana Goswami.

Entry Fees, Aarti timings and Mandir opening Timings: 

There is no Entry Fees to visit the temple and the Mandir opening time is 7:00AM - 12:00PM in morning and 4:00PM - 8:00PM in evening. Aarti timing is 7:30AM in morning and 5:00PM in evening.

Location of the Temple: Bankebihari Colony, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, 281121, India.

 

The Dwarkadheesh Mandir: Be a part of a whirlpool of pilgrims here

The Dwarkadheesh Mandir is well known temple all over India for its carried contraction and painting. The temple is devoted to Lord Dwarkadheesh, another name of Shri Krishna. 

Presently, the complex of Mandir is handled by the followers of Vaishnava sect (that once started by Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya) and located within perimeter of sacred city's Holy Gate near ghat of river Yamuna. 

About the temple:

The architecture of the Dwarkadheesh Temple was corporated by true devotee of Lord Krishna, Seth Gopal das Parekh in 1814. The main complex of complete architecture is magnificently carved with rajasthani style entrance with few steep steps heading to main courtyard and ceiling attired with aesthetic paintings. 

The complex has enough large area, in the centre of courtyard there are five rows of abundantly sculpted pillars and centre of yard looks fantastic during the season of activities especially in month of Saavan. 

Major Attractions of Temple:

When you take your first step to get enter in the magnificent temple, the very first thing you note are the five rows of beautifully sculpted pillars separating the court into three segments. In Out front of yard is the most sacred chamber or garbhgriha, where the divine idols are located. 

On birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, Janamashtmi the idol gets bathed by purohit with water, milk and curd and cradled in crib. The devotees and admirers all dance and enjoy Sprinkling flower petals.

Hindola- Utsav is major attraction on this temple in which idol of ladoo gopal is placed inside beautifully decorated Hindola or swing set during season of saaavan, month of August- September. Each day newly decorated set is used. 

Entry Fees, Aarti Timings & Mandir Opening Timings:

There is no Entry Fees to visit the temple and the temple is open all days with seasonal timings are as follows: 6:30am to 10:30am in the morning & 4:00pm to 7:00 pm in the evening during summer. And, 6:30am to 10:30am in the morning & 3:30pm to 6:00pm in the evening during winter.

Aarti Schedule are as follows: 6:30am to 7:00am ( Mangal Aarti), 7:40am to 7:55am (Shringar Aarti), 8:25am to 8:45am (Gwal Aarti), 10:00am to 10:30am (Rajbhog Aarti), 4:00pm to 4:20pm (Utthanpan), 4:45pm to 5:05pm (Bhog Aarti), 5:20pm to 5:40pm (Aarti) and 6:30pm to 7:00pm (Sayan Aarti).

 The timings are subjected to change on special occasions, festivals & events. 

Location of the temple: Kishori Nagar, Birla Mandir, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh 281003.

The visit will rejuvenate the mind and body, while appeasing our soul and spiritual quests. Peace, calm & Divinity will overtake your stress & problems once you enter the temple premises. One of the must visit places to embrace Beauty, History & Spirituality.

 

The Shah ji Temple: Glorious & Magnificient

The Shahji temple is one of the best temple from the holy place of Vrindavan in the Mathura. This mandir is peculiar in its own feature and has received lots of popularity due to its glorious structure. 

The temple was constructed in year 1876 by the order passed from a wealthy merchant named Shah Kundan Lal ji, this premise is one of the important tourist attraction on holy Land of Shri krishan. 

About the temple:

The complex of this temple is a magnificently framed, displaying impressive structural skills. It has spiral grooved pillars with 15 feet high each provide this temple another name as Tera Kamba (twisted pillars) temple and the Saha Bihari Lal Temple.

The temple was built in 1835 by Shah Kundan Lal and Shah Fundan Lal, some people says that when both brother died they wished to engrave their body on the floor of temple entrance instead of burn or throw in river. This was so to stay with dust of Vrindavan till the existence of world. 

Major Attractions of Temple:

In this temple,there is very impressive Darbar Hall of Radha-Raman, called the Basanti Kamra room also known as the yellow room, because it has complete yellow decoration. There are various chandeliers of pretty begium glass in the hall. The hall is supposed to open twice a year for visitors: first on Vasant Panchami and secondly for two days before Balarama’s Appearance Day, during the Jhulan Yatra swing festival.

Additional Feature of hight quality white marble twisted pillars provide major attraction to the people for their visit. Here, are some eye catching paintings on wall which imbricate the interior of the temple. Even if you are atheist minded you are sure to enjoy a visit to this temple because of its beauty.

On event of Janmasthami and govardhan puja all the temples in Vrindavana including Shahji temple are beautifully decorated.

Entry Fees, Aarti Timings & Mandir Opening Timings:

There is no Entry Fees to visit the temple and the temple is open all days with timings as follows: 8:00am to 11:00am in the morning & 5:30pm to 7:00 pm in the evening, during this period major rituals of daily routine for Lord Krishna are performed like Archana, Aarti and Abhishekam.

The timings are subjected to change on special occasions, festivals & events. 

Location of the temple:  Gotam Nagar, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh 281121

To reach Shahji temple one must reach Mathura through train or roadway and then move to Vrindavan lies on Nh2 about 12.3 Kms via Mathura Vrindavan marg, considering traffic caused delays.

The visit will rejuvenate the mind and body, while appeasing our soul and spiritual quests. Peace, calm & Divinity will overtake your stress & problems once you enter the temple premises. One of the must visit places to embrace Beauty, History & Sprituality.

 

Prem Mandir: Imbued with Gracefulness

 The Prem mandir is mighty temple that was shaped by Jagadguri Shri Kripaluji Maharaj in beginnings of new decade year 2001.

This alluring place is mark of God's love Dedicating to Radha-Krishna and Sita-Ram as well. This religious temple is located in Vrindavan, holy field of Mathura in Uttarpradesh. 

About the temple:

The complex is built on a 54-acre area on the outskirts of Vrindavan, and is established by the fifth Jagadguru, Kripalu Maharaj. 

Construction made of white marble with very intricate carvings of this temple is also famous for its architectural beauty, which began in January 2001 and was opened to public on 17February. The pillars are intricately engraved with beautiful statues that depict the kinkari sakhis and manjari sakhis serving Shri Krishna and admirers, portraying essential occasions surrounding the Lord's life, cover the main temple. 

Major Attractions of Temple:

A 73,000 square feet, pillar-less, dome shaped Satsang hall is being constructed next to Prem Mandir, which will accommodate 25,000 people at a time. Various scenes from Krishna's life, like raising the Govardhan Mountain, have been depicted on the periphery of the Prem Mandir.

The lighting of the temple further magnifies its spectacular look, especially under the night-sky. The whole temple is lit-up with beautiful chandeliers and soft lights, changed strategically every five minutes.The temple blended circumambulation route consists of 48 panels depicting past-times of Radha Krishna.

The Musical fountain with colored water twists and twirls on the tunes of the kirtans of Radha Krishna being played every evening from 7pm to 7:30pm.

Major festivals of Janamasthmi and Radhasthmi both are celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm. 

Entry Fees, Aarti Timings & Mandir Opening Timings:

There is no Entry Fees to visit the temple and the temple is open all days with timings are 5:30/ 8:30am (for visitors) to 12:00pm in the morning & 4:30pm to 8:30 pm in the evening. The timings are subjected to change on special occasions, festivals & events. 

The schedule for Aarti is as follows:

In morning- 5:30AM (Aarti & Parikrama), 6:30AM (Bhog Aarti), 8:30AM (Darshan Aarti), 11:30(Bhog Aarti) & 12:00PM (Shaysn Aarti) doorcloses. 

In evening- 4:30PM (Darshan Aarti), 5:30PM (Bhog), 8:00PM (Shayan Aarti), 8:15PM (Shayan Darshan), & 8:30PM Door closes. 

Location of the temple: Chattikara, Road, Raman Reti, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh 281121, India

The visit will rejuvenate the mind and body, while appeasing our soul and spiritual quests. Peace, calm & Divinity will overtake your stress & problems once you enter the temple premises. One of the must visit places to embrace Beauty, History & Spirituality.

Shri Banke Bihari Mandir: The Supreme Enjoyer

 

This is one of the famous Krishna temples in Vrindavan where Sri Krishna is known by the name of Banke Bihari because he is considered as a ‘Supreme Enjoyer.’ Banke means ‘Bent in three places,’ whereas Bihari means ‘Enjoyer’ as you can see in a statute where the idols’ hands are folded to hold a flute with a leg folded standing pose.

The temple was established by Swami Haridasji son of Shri Ashudhir and his wife smt. Ganga Devi on the eighth day of second fortnight of Bhadrapad month and Image of Bihariji Installed in tribhanga posture. The Temple of Lord Krishna-Shri Banke Bihariji of, Vrindavan is holiest and well known Shrine place to devote Shri Krishna. 

About the temple:

This temple was constructed in 1864 with beneficiary of Goswami ji and After the construction of temple got completed Goswamiji transferred the idol to the new temple. Earlier, the idol of Thakurji was worshipped in Nidhivan till 1863.

Story of Swami Haridasji from records says that the image installed in the Mandir is one granted to him by celestial couple Shyam-Shyam to consider the desire of his devotee, Lord appeared with his divine consort and left his black enchanting image before disappear 

Major Attractions of Temple:

The swing festival of Lord Krishna, Jhulan Yatra in which number of silver-plated and solid silver ornamented cradle are shown at this time. The third day of Jhulan Yatra is the main day, at which time Shri Banke Bihari is placed on a golden hindola.

The curtain before the Bihariji idol is not left open like at other temples. In this Shrine place after each few minutes, the curtain is pulled up & down then opened again. It is believed that the glittering eyes of Shri Banke Bihari will make one unconscious if seen for too long a stretch.

And Bihariji is only temple where loud bells are not used to wake Krishna in the morning (even during Aarti). It is believed incorrect to wake a child with a start. He is woken gently. 

Mangala-arati is done only one day a year in this temple, that is on Janamasthami & only on Akshaya Tritiya the lotus feet of the Deity can be seen.  

 Entry Fees, Aarti Timings & Mandir Opening Timings:

There is no Entry Fees to visit the temple and the temple is open with seasonal timings are as follows: 7:45am to 12:00pm in the morning & 5:30pm to 9:30 pm in the evening during summer. And, 8:45am to 1:00pm in the morning & 3:30pm to 8:30pm in the evening during winter.

Aarti Schedule are as follows: 8:00am (Shringar Aarti), 12:00pm (Rajbhog Aarti), 9:30pm (Sayan Aarti) during summer or after holi. And 9:00am (Shringar Aarti), 1:00pm (Raj hog Aarti), 8:30pm (Sayan Aarti) during winter or after Diwali. 

 The timings are subjected to change on special occasions, festivals & events. 

Location of the temple: Dwarikadhish Ki Bjariya, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. 

The visit will rejuvenate the mind and body, while appeasing our soul and spiritual quests. Peace, calm & Divinity will overtake your stress & problems once you enter the temple premises. One of the must visit places to embrace Beauty, History & Sprituality.

 

Shri Krishna Janambhoomi Mandir: The Birthplace of Loving God Krishna

 

 In the human swarmed streets of Mathura, one of the most valued & holiest shrine resides – Shri Krishna Janambhoomi. It is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Shri Krishna.

The one who is worshipped as the eighth avatar of the god Vishnu, a major deity in Hindus. In Mathura, India, a child was born who was destined to reshape the spiritual and temporal destiny of mankind. But don’t you want to visit the place where he was born? 

About the temple:

The most famous temple of Mathura, the Krishna Janambhoomi Temple, built around the prison cell where Krishna was born after his parents Mata Devaki & Vasudeva were imprisoned by his evil maternal uncle, Kansa, king of Mathura.

The temple was built by the great grandson of Krishna, Vajranabha in the 6th century BC. The temple was attacked many times and has been renovated several times over the centuries, as the place saw a series of rulers. 

Major Attractions of Temple:

The massive complex will immerse you in spiritual emotions. It houses various ‘Jhankis’ that are depicted in the form of paintings and represent the deity life. How the Krishna has gone through the difficulties of his life. The miracles he has done in his childhood and the words of wisdom he had said in his life. The premises comprise the idol of Krishna, Balrama, the elder brother of Krishna and his beloved lady, Radha. A stepped water tank is also present in the Janambhoomi temple to send water to the jails in that era. 

The current temple after the of major renovation project that was carried out in the 20th century, comprises the beautiful Keshavdeva Temple, with the garbha griha (sanctum sanctorum), and the Bhagavata Bhavan. Inside the complex is a small shrine dedicated to Lord Krishna adorned with ornaments and a temple for Yogmaya Devi, the Daughter of Nand Baba. 

The temple is surrounded by pedestrian lanes of market with shops selling religious paraphernalia. There is a library, an Ayurveda Bhavan and an international guest house for visitors to explore.

Entry Fees, Aarti Timings & Mandir Opening Timings:

There is no Entry Fees to visit the temple and the Mandir timings are 5:00am to 12:00pm in the morning & 4:00pm to 9:30 pm in the evening. The timings are subjected to change on special occasions, festivals & events. 

The Mangal Aarti timings in Summers is 5:30am & in winters is 6:30am. While the Sandhya Aarti timings are 6:00pm in summers & 5:00pm in winters. The Krishna have the Makhan Bhog at 8:00am. 

Location (with location map) of the temple: Mathura - Deeg Marg, Near Deeg Gate Chouraha, Janam Bhumi, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, 281001, India

The visit will rejuvenate the mind and body, while appeasing our soul and spiritual quests. Peace, calm & Divinity will overtake your stress & problems once you enter the temple premises. One of the must visit places to embrace Beauty, History & Sprituality.

 

 

The Jaipur Temple Vrindavan, Mathura

The Jaipur temple is one from many attractions located in Vrindavan and is very well-being fixed monument in the holy city, visited by frequent devotees. 

The name of this temple is quite illusive due to its prefixed name "Jaipur" that misunderstood by the seekers as location place. Whether it is located in Vrindavan. 

About the temple:

The Jaipur temple is most opulent temple established by Maharaja Sawai Madhav from Jaipur in year 1917, construction took 30 years of time by workers to complete. 

The whole temple has architect from single rock structure with unattainable handiwork on intricate sandstone. Whole craftsmanship, architecture all skilled and elegant making place undefinable. 

The idols admired here are Sri Radha-Madhava, Ananda-bihari and Hansa-gopala.

Major Attractions of Temple:

The temple is surrounded by green atmosphere of trees and amazing look of design, architecture having renewed style of Mughal on emperor buildings and mahals.  The built is well-carved with use of original marble and sandstones, Heavy pillars are built to hold this magnificent building and doors.

The craftsmanship picked to made this building is unmark able and anybody can estimate it both in skills and money expenditure to create it. It has three segments or chamber- one opens to northern towards Shri Anand-Bihariji, another to central towards Shri Radha-Madhavji and third for southern towards Shri Nitya-Gopalji and other divine deities. 

The important festivals celebrated here are Janmansthmi, Sharad Purnima and Holi. There are other festivals as well which are celebrated here with full devotion and equivalent respect and spirit. Apart from chaos of the city this complex is very peaceful and divine. 

Entry Fees, Aarti Timings & Mandir Opening Timings:

There is no Entry Fees to visit the temple and the temple is open all days with seasonal timings are as follows: 5:00am to 12:00pm in the morning & 3:00pm to 9:00 pm in the evening during summer. And, 5:30am to 12:30pm in the morning & 3:00pm to 8:30pm in the evening delayed by half an hour during winter.

 The timings are subjected to change on special occasions, festivals & events. 

Location of the temple:  Mathura-Vrindavan Margat Kishor Pura in Vrindavan (UP), 7.9 km from Chaitkara, NH2-Bhuteshwar Rd, Kishor Pura, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh 281121

To reach, one can use any mode of transport like rickshaw or auto that cost you approx. Rs 30. From Chatikara, one can take rickshaw and turn left towards Bhaktivedanta Swami Marg & take right, followed by left onto Mathura-Vrindavan Marg. The journey will hardly take 14 minutes to reach the temple. 

The visit will rejuvenate the mind and body, while appeasing our soul and spiritual quests. Peace, calm & Divinity will overtake your stress & problems once you enter the temple premises. One of the must visit places to embrace Beauty, History & Sprituality.

Jai Gurudev Mandir: Heavenly white structure

Jai Gurudev Mandir also known as Naam Yoga Sadhna Mandir, situated on Agra-Mathura National Highway -2 in offering to Baba Jai GuruDev. 

This yog Sadhna Mandir is corporate by the Jai Gurudev Ashram, the management don't ask for charges from visitors- came here to find peace and enlightenment. It is famous for the Bhandara festival celebration; it takes place during the month of August. In addition, a unique thing about this temple is that no donations are accepted from any non-vegetarian.

About the temple:

The complex of Jai Gurudev Mandir is managed by the people of Jai Gurudev Ashram, public seeking for peace, calmness and enlightenment assemble to honor Guruji.  Who believed to head them toward road of immortality? 

The Infrastructural beauty of Gurudevji mandir pulls many structural buffs as well, who gather to look at the analogous of Taj-Mahal. This complex is built of white marbles, domed ceiling and tall slender towers based on Hindu architecture likewise The mughal building Tajmahal of Agra. 

Major Attractions of Temple:

This establishment is one of large spreaded temple on land of Brij with height of 160 feet situated beside the Mathura Highway NH-44. 

The complete temple is made of white marble or Sange-E-Marmar that gives the look of Tajmahal to it with glimpse of hindu-muslim architecture. From inside it is big vacant Hall with single portrait of Gurudevji that resonates when visitors speak. This large Hall is used in programs, organized to spread humanity, cuts mankind weakness in form of lust, greed and anger like as Satsang or spiritual discourse. 

Apart the main buildings there is samadhi Mandir (it is the place where Baba Jai Gurudevji took samadhi in 2012) & Gufa Mandir, that consider corridor within temple lighted with decorative lights, making selfie spot. In outer periphery of premise there four parks where visitors and devotee can relax and fun with their kids. 

Every year temple organizes Bhandara festival that attracts many people to serve sewa by putting their time and will in virtue deed. 

 Entry Fees, Aarti Timings & Mandir Opening Timings:

There is no Entry Fees to visit the temple and the temple is open with timings 7:am to 7:00pm. The timings are subjected to change on special occasions, festivals & events. 

To reach the Mandir one has to reach Mathura & then hire bus or rickshaw towards Gurudevji Mandir, some devotee uses to choose walkway as their reverence offering. Most suitable comforting option is use own or hired private vehicle. 

Location of the temple: Shanti Nagar, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh 281001.

The visit will rejuvenate the mind and body, while appeasing our soul and spiritual quests. Peace, calm & Divinity will overtake your stress & problems once you enter the temple premises. One of the must visit places to embrace Beauty, History & Sprituality.

 

Priyakant Ju Temple: The Religious Stay

Shri Priyakant Ju Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and the temple ensconced the beautiful and attractive deities of Lord Krishna and Radha. The theme of the construction of this temple is Radha Krishna, Radharani is in the form of Priya Ji and Bhagwan Shri Krishna takes that of Kant Ju giving darshan to the devotees.

This temple dedicated to Lord Krishna is a beautifully styled structure that appears to look as if it sits on a lotus. Priyakant Ju Temple is a 125 feet high masterpiece that is surrounded by ponds and fountains on both sides reflecting the classical Indian architecture. If you visit during the evening, you can witness the entire temple complex illuminate with neon white lights. Since this temple is located on the route to Prem Mandir, you can easily pay a visit.

About the Temple

The Vishwa Shanti Charitable Trust resolved to build the Priyakant Ju temple in 2007. Shri Priyakant Ju temple was established by Shri Devikinandan Thakur, the President of the Vishwa Shanti Charitable Trust in 2009 and it took almost seven years to complete. The first phase of temple construction started in June 2012. Priyakant Ju Temple was opened for public in February 8, 2016. The temple was inaugurated by Sri Kaptan Singh Solanki, Governor of Haryana. Lakhs of devotees participated in the inauguration function.

It is one of the most beautiful temples of Vrindavan whose unique beauty lies in the amazing architectural designs. Its designs are unbelievably different from the rest Vrindavan temples. The central edifice lies in the lap of a spectacular lotus that is surrounded by a water tank. Priyakant Ju – the idols of Radha Krishna are worshipped with total devotion.

Major Attractions of Temple:

The Vishwa Shanti Charitable Trust resolved to build the Priyakant Ju temple in 2007. Shri Priyakant ju temple was established by Shri Devikinandan Thakur, the President of the Vishwa Shanti Charitable Trust in 2009 and it took almost seven years to complete. The first phase of temple construction started in June 2012. Priyakant Ju Temple was opened for public in February 8, 2016. The temple was inaugurated by Sri Kaptan Singh Solanki, Governor of Haryana. Lakhs of devotees participated in the inauguration function.

Entry Fees, Aarti Timings and Mandir Opening Timings:

There are no Entry fees to visit the Temple and the Mandir timing are 8:30AM - 12:00PM and 4:30PM - 8:30PM. Mangla Aarti timing is 6:00am to 6:30am, Shringar Aarti is at 9:00am, Rajbhog is at 11:45am to 12:00. While in the evening the door opens at 4:30pm, Sandhya Aarti is at 6:30pm, Shayan Bhog is at 7:30pm to 7:45pm.

The temple is located in the heart of the city at Chhatikara, Mathura, Vrindavan Marg, near Vaishno Devi Mandir, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh 281121. The temple is reachable by taking local Buses, Rickshaws or by hiring Taxis from National Highway Mathura Road.

 

Jugal Kishore Temple: Fourth old most Temple in Mathura

The Jugal Kishore temple is one of the fourth most temple in the series of oldest temples. The Jugal Kishore temple is the only temple to have the original deity which is still worshipped in its original old temple in Vrindavan.

In the historic & holy of Vrindavan, Jugal Kishore Temple is the another epic destination for the devotees of Krishna. Not just a peaceful & calm environment but here you can see the beauty of Yamuna Ghat, chanting of Mantras & bells of Mandir. 

About the temple:

The Jugal Kishore temple was constructed during the reign of Mughal Emperor Jahangir in Sambat 1684 by the founder named as Non-Karan. The temple was one of the approved temples constructed by the Gaudiya Vaishnavas.

The tale that revolves around the temple involves Krishna slaying the horse demon Keshi along the Yamuna River. The place where he performed this heroic task is known by a temple called the Keshi Ghat Temple, also known as the Jugal Kishore or Jugal Kisore Temple.

Major Attractions of Temple:

The Jugal Kishore temple in the series of oldest temple built up of Red sandstone with its choir quite larger around 25 square feet comparative to others and has the main entrance at the eastern end. During the tour to Vrindavan, you can visit one of the important pilgrimage spot i.e., Jugal Kishore Temple located by the holy River Yamuna, which is one of the preferred centre for sacred dip/bathing places for devotees.

You can feel effervescent ambience in Jugal Kishore Temple, especially during the evening when the dark paths are brightening by the lit lamps and holy chants levitate your soul. And for a rather riveting sight, this temple is best visited during the Aarti time, when it is a visual delight that is bound to impress any pilgrim or devotee.

Entry Fees, Aarti Timings & Mandir Opening Timings:

There is no Entry Fees to visit the temple and the temple is open all days. But the best time to visit here is January, February & March. The Mandir opens at 7:00am to 12:00pm in the morning & 4:00pm to 9:00 pm in the evening during summer. And 7:30am to 12:30pm in the morning & 3:00pm to 8:30pm in the evening during winters.

Jugal Kishore Temple is nearest to mathura railway station Junction which is 10 KM away from the temple. This temple is located at the lower end of the town near Keshi Ghat and thus also called as Keshi Ghat temple, at Gotam Nagar, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh 281121.

 

 

Shri Radhavallabh Mandir: The purest form of divine love

In the lap of nature, in Vrindavan with its cluster of forests and meadows surrounded by the revered river Yamuna, the almighty mingled with the people of the land, making on destination of cast and creed.

Radhavallabh temple sees constant population movement. People tend to be multilingual, naturally with a bias towards the language most appropriate to the area they belong to.

About the Temple:

Chief shrine of Radhavallabh sect, old Radhavallabh Temple at Vrindavan, though now abandoned but protected monument is in itself a handsome building. Constructed in 1585, the Radhavallabh temple is one of the oldest and long-living temples, majestically built using red sandstones at a time when they were used for building only high palaces, imperial buildings and royal forts. 

This temple represents a living dialogue between Hindu and Islamic elements in Mediaeval Architecture. This temple is characterized by its architectural accent on harmony of lines and balanced massing. It reflects constructional unity more than richness of ornamentation.

Major Attractions of Temple:

The idol of the temple is the most attractive for the visitors. The temple enshrines an idol within the temple which is considered to embody both Radha and Krishna, signifying that whilst they had two bodies, their soul was one. Radhavallabh ji means Krishna and Radha in one. 

The main festival of Radha Ballabh temple is performed for eleven day heralding the birth anniversary of Shree Hit Harivansh Chandra Mahaprabhu. Devotees perform dance and songs in memory of great lord and his follower. Shri Radha and Lord Krishna are carried on decorated chariot along with musical band and fabulous devotional songs performed by devotees. This rath-yatra, starts from temple, culminates at Raas Mandal, followed alongside at main street. On the tenth day of this amazing festival, the deity at Radha Vallabh Temple is adorned and decorated in royal red cloths.

Other annual festivals like: Janmashtmi, Holi, Deepawali, Annakoot, Sanjhi and many others are celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion.

Entry Fees, Aarti timings and Mandir opening timings:

There is no entry fee to visit the temple and the Mandir timings are 5:00AM - 12:00PM in morning and 6:00PM - 9:00PM in evening. 

The temple is located at Gotam Nagar, Vrindavan. This place is 12.3 km far from Chatikara. From Delhi, it is approx 150 km distance on NH2. At Chatikara, head south-east on NH2 turn toward Bhaktivedanta Swami Marg and turn left and just after straight road, on your left you will find Radha Ballabh temple.

Shri Radha Raman Temple: The Historic one

The meaning of Radha Raman is the lover (ramana) of Srimati Radha. The temple was established over 500 years ago by Gopala Bhatta Goswami. The beautiful Deity here is self-manifested from a saligram sila and has a mystic beautiful smile on his face.

Sri Radha Raman’s idol is installed in the temple, next to the samadhi of Gopala Bhatta. Gopala Bhatt Swami placed the deity on the full moon day in the month of Vaishaka (April-May) in the year 1542. On this day, an event is celebrated every year by bathing the idol of deity with milk and various other items. Gopala Bhatta Gosvami’s other shalagram-shilas are also worshiped in the temple. 

About the Temple:

The very revered Radharamana temple marks its presence to be one of the holiest temples in Vrindavan and Mathura. It deserves a visit by the devotees of Radha & Krishna. It is also the must visit place for the lovers of craft & art.  

With the first rays of sun that spread across the sky, Shri Radharaman wakes up. At the auspicious time of Mangla Aarti the eager devotees swarm into the temple, to quench their thirst for the nectar of his beauty. The Aarti binds the divine Youth with the protection of his love, and dispelling any negative energy that might bring him harm. 

Major Attractions of Temples

The major attraction about the temple is that the Radha Ramana is one of the few original deities left in Vrindavan, otherwise most of the original deities are sent to Jaipur for the safeguard from Mughal Emperors. In addition, another major attraction that you must not fail to notice here in this temple is the cooking fire. The fires for cooking in the kitchen of the temple have been burning continuously since the idols of deities was installed over 460 years ago and the cooking still follows cookbooks from that time. 

The temple has no deity of Radharani, but a crown is kept next to Krishna signifying her presence in the temple. The Radha Raman temple is beautifully crafted and is one of the most admired temples in Vrindavan, especially the followers of Gaudiya Vaishnavism respect the Mandir more. The temple is large and is located in the riverside area, with adds to its scenic beauty.

Entry fees, Aarti Timings & Mandir opening timings: 

There is no entry fee to visit the temple. During summer, temple opens from 08:00AM till 12:30PM And evening again temple opens at 6:00PM And closed by 9:00PM. The Managal Aarti is performed at 5:30AM in summers & 5:00AM in winters.

The temple is located at 2KM from Vrindavan Railway Station. The Radha Raman Temple is in the Chamunda Colony in Rajpur Bangar in Vrindavan and one can use local transport to commute to the temple such as auto rickshaws and buses.

 

Shri Krishna Balram Mandir (ISKCON): Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and his Brother.

Amongst the many temples in Vrindavan, Shri Krishna Balaram Mandir offers a sight to sigh and to top it up, it is considered to be one of the important ISKCON temples in India. The temple displays Sri Krishna’s transcendental phases.he temple displays Sri Krishna’s transcendental phases.

ISKCON temple is made up of white marbles. Walls of the temple beautifully describe Lord Krishna’s paintings and teachings that depicts his personal life. The temple is filled with devotees, especially foreign tourist. Lord Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated grandly every year. Foreign tourist participated more in spiritual knowledge and enlightenment than Indians. Vedic knowledge translation in English also available here.

About The Temple:  

The temple is believed to be located at the exact place where Lord Krishna played with other children some 5000 years ago. He along with his brother would herd their Cows at Raman Reti near Yamuna River.

It was established in 1975 by the philosopher and founder of ISCKON, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada under his supervision. As you put your steps into the beautiful structure built by white marbles, you will across an archway along with winding peacock stairways on each side.

Major attractions of Temple

Here, you can find three altars, in the first altar you can find an idol of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, the incarnation of Nityananda Prabhu and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu; in the second or center are the deities of Sri Krishna and Balaram, the divine brothers. And on the third altar are the idols of Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundara and the gopis, Vishakha, and Lalita. After the demise of Swami Prabhupada, his Samadhi is in the front of the temple. He set up ISKCON Organisation in 1996 in New York. This organization is solely based on the traditional Hindu beliefs of Bhagavad Gita. Iskcon Institution is wholly dedicated to Lord Krishna.  

The environment is very pious that leads devotees to paradise. Lord Krishna evening Aarti (Prayer) is very popular. The popular song “Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare” is collectively sung by Priest and the devotees and traditional clothes are still holding by the people. Religious books, jewelry and traditional clothes sell within the premises.

Entry Fees, Aarti Timings & Mandir Opening Timings:

There are no Entry fees to visit the temple. The Mandir Timings are 4:00AM - 12:45PM in morning and 4:15PM - 8:45PM. The timings are subjected to change on special occasions, festivals & events. 

The temple is located at Bhaktivedanta Swami Marg Raman Reti, Vrindavan Mathura Uttar Pradesh – 281121.

Chamunda Devi Temple: Where the hair strand of Maa Gayatri fell

The name of the diety of Chamunda Mandir is derived from the monsters Chanda and Munda. She was said to be the Matrika goddesses, known as the warriors who protect good from the forces of evil.

Chamunda Devi Temple in Mathura is one of the most important spiritual place to visit in India. It is located right opposite to Maa Gayatri Tapobhoomi. In this temple, Sri Gorakhnath also attained knowledge and it is also believed that the place was a meditation centre for Sage Shandilya.

About the temple:

There is a story mentioned in the sacred text of Shrimad Bhagwat about the Chamunda Temple, it is believed that a hair strand of Maa Gayatri fell on this holy place. It is said that in Satyug Lord Krishna offered salvation to a python after which he went to seek blessings from Maa Chamunda here. It is said that after performing Mundan of Sri Krishna at Saraswati Kund, Nand Baba also came here to seek blessings of Maa Chamunda. As the deity Maa Chamunda is also the clan Goddess of Nand Baba. 

As per the epics, the daughter of Daksha Prajapati, Devi Sati was married to Lord Shiva against the wish of her father. Daksha once decided to perform a Yagya. He invited all Devtas except Lord Shiva & Devi Sati. On listening this, Devi Sati went to her father’s place without invitation to advise him. Daksha insulted Devi Sati & said ill words against Lord Shiva. Due to which Devi Sati went angry & immolated herself in the Yagya Agni. When the Lord Shiva got the news, he went there & collected the ashes of his wife Sati and started the Tandav Dance. On the prayer of Devtas, Lord Vishnu sent his chakra and corpse the dead body of Sati into pieces. It is believed that the hair strand of Devi fell here.

Major Attractions of Temple:

During the festival of Navratri, a large number of devotees can be witnessed to visit this place. In fact, on Sundays and on occasion of Akshay Navami and Devthan Ekadashi, the entire temple premises thronged by devotees & travellers. Apart from being a religious and spiritual destination, the natural beauty of the area also makes it a popular picnic spot. 

The major attraction of this place is that Chamunda Devi Temple does not have any idol inside and it is said that reciting the Shat Chandi mantras here will bring good luck and prosperity to the devotees. 

Entry Fees, Aarti Timings & Mandir Opening Timings:

There is no entry fee to visit the temple. It is 6Km away from Mathura Junction Railway station. The direct buses are available from major cities like Delhi, Agra, Aligarh, etc.

The timings of Mandir is from 6:30am to 12:00pm in the morning & 4:00pm to 9:00pm in the evening from Monday to Sunday.

The Mangal Aarti timings in Summers is 5:30am & in winters is 6:30am. While the Sandhya Aarti timings are 6:00pm in summers & 5:00pm in winters. 

The temple is located at 143, Om Nagar Chamunda Colony, Po. Gayatri Tapo Bhumi, Mathura - Vrindavan Marg, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh 281003. You can easily get the taxi, auto or rickshaw to visit to visit the place. It is about 1.5km from Mathura Junction Railway Station.

 

Kesava Deo Temple: With its own Festival Calender & Chappan Bhog

Kesava Deo temple has its own calendar of festivals and functions are held according to that calender within the premises. It attracts a lot of Hindu devotees mainly for the unique Holi ritual of Lathmar Holi & Chhappan Bhog.

One more important pilgrimage & spiritual destination in Mathura is Kesava Deo Temple. It is located near the main Krishna Janmabhoomi Complex and amongst one of the sacred Hindu religious places. This temple is blessed with the idol of Lord Krishna that was first placed by Shri Bajranabh, the great grandson of Krishna. 

About the temple:

This temple marks the place where Lord Krishna is said to have been born in prison more than 5000 years ago. The ceiling of the main temple depicts the paintings representing the scenes from Krishna's life and houses several statues of the Krishna playing flute and his love Radha. The temple is destroyed & rebuilt several times over the past thousand years and the current temple was built in the 1950s. 

The temple Keshav Rao still carries the local cultural touch with several other temples in the nearby towns of Mathura and Vrindaban. After Ayodhya matter of 1992, the security was enhanced at the main Krishna janmabhoomi complex, this was the time when this temple slowly became the de-facto krishna temple for localities.

Ram Krishna Dalmia built this temple in the memory of his mother Jadiadevi Dalmia. The construction of the temple started on 29 June 1957 and inaugurated on 6 September 1958 by Hanuman Prasad Poddar. It is located south of the Shahi Eidgah. 

Major Attractions of Temple:

The temple is one of the most visited temple and major festivals like Janmashtami, Diwali and Holi are celebrated with pomp & shows.

Keshav Rao temple has its own calendar of festivals which is not synchronized with other temples of the region. Special celebrations are done on the festival of Janmashtami when lakhs of devotees assemble here. These celebrations begin in the evening and continue till late midnight after the birth of the Lord Krishna.

Entry Fees, Aarti Timings & Mandir Opening Timings:

Although the Keshav Rao temple temple is open whole year but the best time to visit is either in the months of February-March or from October to December. During this time the weather is not that humid. 

The timings of Mandir is from 5:30am to 12:30pm in the morning & 4:00pm to 8:00pm in the evening from Monday to Sunday.

The Mangal Aarti timings in Summers is 5:30am & in winters is 6:30am. While the Sandhya Aarti timings are 6:00pm in summers & 5:00pm in winters. 

The temple is located in the heart of the city. You can easily get the taxi, auto or rickshaw to visit to visit the place. It is about 1.5km from Mathura Junction Railway Station. To reach the temple from Mathura Junction Railway station, turn westward for 200 m and then turn right towards SH-80 (Hathras-Mathura Road). After a distance of around 1.3 kms, turn left and you will be there at the temple. 

Notice: Watches, Purse, Belts, Bags, Camera, Mobile Phones, etc. are not allowed in the temple premises. You can keep your belongings in the clock room with a minimal fee of Rs.10.

 

 

Nidhivan Temple: The childhood of lord Krishna

Nidhivan Temple is a treasure trove for both pilgrims and nature lovers. Mainly surrounded by trees where the branches are either tangled to the other trees or faced downwards, the locals believe them to be gopis, the queens of Sri Krishna.

Lord Krishna devotees from all over India travel to Mathura and Vrindavan to seek his blessings. While most temples of the area have been explored by the pilgrims, many don't know much about the Nidhivan Temple. This is the same temple where it believed that Lord Krishna comes and does Ras Leela with Radha at night. Many who haven't visited this temple in Vrindavan don't know about it. There are some mysterious facts about this temple you should know if you are planning to visit the temple soon.

About the Temple: Nidhivan is the mystic forest in Vrindavan situated at bank of river Yamuna. The temple is surrounded by bushy forests and all the trees here are hollow and have the branches twisted downwards.  One of the most astonishing facts about Nidhivan Temple is that the land of the forest is dusty and lacks vegetation, but the trees have green leaves.

During 15th century when Swami Haridas (Guru of famous classical singer Tansen and an incarnate of Lalita sakhi) came to Vrindavan, he made Nidhivan as his bhajan sthali and used to live there.

Major attraction of temples: The Nidhivan is itself an attraction point for the visitor: It is believed that trees in the forests are not real trees but 'Gopis' who perform Ras Leela with Radha and Krishna in the night. Some people say they have heard the sound of ghunghroos at night from the temples. It is also believed that these trees light up at night to welcome the Gods

There is a well in Nidhivan and there is a story behind it. While performing Ras Leela, Radha got thirsty and Lord Krishna built a well for her with his flute.

It is also said that as soon as the sun sets no one is allowed to stay back because Krishna and Radha along with the gopis perform Raas-Leela amid Nidhivan. It is believed that anyone who stays inside the temple at night either loses their hearing ability or they become visually impaired. This is because one can't disclose this secret of this temple. 

Entry fees, Aarti timings & Mandir opening timings:  There is no entry fees to visit the temple and the mandir timings are 5:00AM - 8:00PM in the summer and 6:00AM - 7:00PM in the winter for all days of the week. 

The Mangal Aarti timings is 8:00AM in morning and 6:00PM in evening.

The temple is located at Nidhivan temple road, Gotam Nagar, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, 281121, India.

 

Govardhan Yatra: The spiritual Walk

Vrindavan Parikrama is a spiritual walk undertaken by devotees around Vrindavan town in Uttar Pradesh. Govardhana Hill has a Parikrama of about fourteen miles (23 km.) & can take 5 to 6 hours to complete if one walks at a brisk pace. 

People from all over India visit Vraja in order to perform Govardhana Parikrama. On auspicious occasions like Guru Purnima, Purusottamamasa or Govardhana-puja, over half a million people go around the sacred hill.

A Parikrama or circumambulation of the Parvat is very popular among the devotees.

About the Place:

At the holy village, the hill and every stone of this hill are sacred. The whole parikrama route passing by the various temple, ponds, and groves is about 21 km. Govardhan parvat has great religious significance due to its association with Lord Krishna. Currently its height is about 25-metre & is a wide hill near Mathura Vrindavan in UP, India. This hill is also known as Giriraj which is about 8 KM in length. Lord Krishan, lifted this hill on his little finger for 7 days to protect Braj from horondous rain caused by Devraj Indra who had cursed the Braj for not pleasing him. it is believed that entire Goverdhan Parikrama will grant all your wishes.

Entire way is quite well marked for parikrama and passes by the villages. Parikrama should be started by having darshan of giriraj ji maharaj at Daanghati temple. Badi parikrama is started from here. After walking around 9 KM, an another temple “Mukharvind” is there where a tiny part of Goverdhan temple (giriraj GOD) is placed.

Major Attractions of the Temple:

Most people coming from Mathura start the Parikrama from Daanghati Mandir. This temple gets its name from the Daan or tax that little Krishna used to collect from Gopikas who wanted to do Puja. Once they gave Radha to him as Daan, which is precisely what he wanted. Opposite the Daanghati temple is a lovely Laxminarayan temple in stone, built-in 1903 by a wealthy family of Hathras.

Mansi Ganga is a sacred lake in the middle of the village. It is said that once the foster parents of Sri Krishna Nand & Yashoda, wanted to visit Ganga. On their way, they halted here for the night. By morning, Krishna brought the Ganga here from his mind, and it got the name Mansi Ganga. This lake is surrounded by many temples.

In a narrow lane Thakur Hari Dev Ji temple is located which is in red sandstone. It is believed that at this spot Sri Krishna stood when he held the Govardhan Parvat on his finger.

Bhram Kund is a small Kund on the periphery of Mansi Ganga which seems to be recently renovated and then immediately neglected.

The Kusum Sarovar is the most beautiful and the best-maintained pond here. The canopies at the other end reflecting in its quiet waters create a lovely and soothing image. There is something royal and humble about this Kund.

Entry Fees and Parikrama timings:

There are no entry fees for parikrama but the charges for keeping a pair of shoes or a bag is ?10 only. Most people who visit here do the parikrama bare feet.

Parikrama can be done from 365 days of the year, but on a few occasions lot of devotees come here and these occasions are every full moon night (Purnima), Guru Purnima, Holi, Krishna Janmashtami, every day of Chatur (Adhik) Mas. Parikrama can be done at any time day and night both. People here are always ready for every kind of help, street shops are open to service overnight in parikrama path, male or female can do this parikrama without any fear in the night.

Location: Govardhan hill Aanyor, Uttar Pradesh 281502, India.

 

Birla Mandir (The Gita temple)

The Birla mandir of Mathura was built by Jugal Kishore Birla in memory of his parents and all Bhagvad Gita, which is slated on the pillars of the temple. It is a Prominent hindu pilgrimage dedicated to Lord Lakshmi Narayan. 

The architecture of this temple enveloped the magnificence and grandeur carvings and paintings. The total area of Mandir affirmed well to serve serene ambience to the devotee. 

About the temple:

The Birla Mandir temple is built of red sandstone and skilled craftmanship of pillar carving and marble walls hold beautiful paintings of Shri krishna, Shri Hanuman, other god and goddesses. 

Beside Main temple of the complex, there is field corporate with seesaw for children and family fun. 

Mandir is located about 6kms from Mathura city on the outskirts of Mathura on Mathura-Vrindavan road. 

Major Attractions of Temple:

The Gita Stambh– a tall pillar rising up to some height signifying the victory of Truth over Adharm as was witnessed in the Mahabharata War, where Lord Sri Krishna takes the side of the true Pandavas, becoming the charioteer of Arjuna during the course of which the Divine Lord imparts wisdom to a diffident but otherwise mighty, strong and powerful warrior, Arjuna. On this Victory Tower built of red sandstone were slated the holy Teachings of the Lord on the Rannbhumi of Kurukshetra, popularly known as Srimad Bhagavad Gita – the priceless gift of the benevolent Lord to the entire humanity. 

The other structure is a Temple of Shri Hanuman, an eleventh incarnation of the powerful Lord Siva. The idol here is most fascinating with all the decorations thereon truly befitting Sri Hanuman, who is also known as Sundara – the beautiful one! Lord Siva being the conqueror of Yama, the God of Death, who is the keeper of the Direction of South, Lord Hanuman faces South in this temple.

 Apart from these, the main temple resides the idols of Sri Lakshmi-Narayan and other deities. 

Entry Fees, Aarti Timings & Mandir Opening Timings:

There is no Entry Fees to visit the temple and the temple is open all days with seasonal timings are as follows: 5:00am to 12:00pm in the morning & 2:00pm to 9:00 pm in the evening during summer and 5:30am to 12:00pm in the morning & 2:00pm to 8:30pm in the evening during winter. The timings are subjected to change on special occasions, festivals & events.

 

 

Shri Rangji Mandir: Lord Vishu Temple.

Shree Rang ji Temple is the largest temple of Vrindavan and dedicated to Lord Ranganatha or also known as Rangji which depict Lord Vishnu. In this temple, Lord Vishnu is in his Sheshashayi pose and resting on the large coils of the sacred Sesha Naga. 

Not only Lord Vishnu, but in this temple one can worship Lord Narasimha, Goddess Sita, Lord Rama and Lord Laksman, Lord Venugopala and Lord Ramanujacarya.

About the Temple:

Seths Gobind Das and Radha Krishan founded this great and marvelous temple, the brothers of the famous millionaire of that time, Shree Lakhmi Chand. As per the guidance of Swami Rangacharya's, famous Sanskrit scholar and guru, Seths Gobind Das and Radha Krishan built this temple. This temple work commenced in 1845 and completed in 1851. In 6 years this temple was completed and it took 45 lakhs as expenditure to build it.

The structure of the temple is based on the famous Sri Ranganatha Swami temple of Sri Rangam. Sri Rangji Mandir is a rare and exquisite mixture of south and north Indian temple architecture. Sri Rangji Mandir has been built in the traditional south Indian style with five concentric rectangular enclosures around the sanctum sanctorum and two beautiful stone gates carved in Jaipur style on the eastern and the western side.

Major Attractions of Temples

The temples of Sri Raghunathji (Lord Ram) and Sri Paudanathji (Lord Ranganath), Vaikunth Dwar (it opens once in a year on Vaikunth Ekadashi) the "Vahan Ghar"(where all the divine mounts are kept, which are taken out during temple festivals), the store, and the clock tower.

Crossing the clock tower through another gate you come across the 50 feet high gold plated "Dhwaja Stambha". As you again start moving in the clockwise direction you first see the Sri Sheesh Mahal (during Jhoola Utsav Lord Goda Rangamannar reside here).

Chariot, there is asanas or throne which carry lord Vishnu along with Garuda, Shree Hanuman, Lord Surya (or the Sun god), Lord Chandra (or the Moon god), a lion, a horse and an elephant. The prayers during this festival are performed and rath yatra is following in the style of Andal which is one of the twelve Vaishnava Saints of South India.

Entry fees, Aarti Timings & Mandir opening timings: 

There is no entry fee to visit the temple. During summer, temple opens from 05:30AM till 10:30AM And evening again temple opens at 4:00PM And closed by 9:00PM. 

Aarti is performed two times during a day, one at 5:30AM to 6:00AMand next 6:30PM to 7:00PM which is followed by bhog. During winter, temple opens at 6:00AM till 11:00AM in the morning and 3:30PM till 8:30PM in the evening. As usual, aarti is performed two times a day, one at 6:00AM to 6:30AM and next 6:00PM to 6:30PM.

The temple is located at Vrindavan Marg, Garravkendra, Isapur Khadar, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, 281003, India.

 

Gopinath Temple: Where the hair strand of Maa Gayatri fell

Gopinath temple is at a walking distance from Govindaji’s temple, and its marvelous construction reveals a glorious past. Gopinath, the presiding deity was first installed 5,000 years ago by the Lord Krishna’s grandson Vajranabha, and rediscovered at Vamsi-vata by Paramananda Goswami.

The Sri Radha Gopinath temple has an interesting story associated with it. A long time ago, when Srimati Jahnava Devi came to worship the deity here and just thought that idol of Radhika should be the length as that of Krishna. In night, when she was sleeping, Lord and Radhika came to her dream and asked her to get a deity of an exact size. But instead of this, she made her own idol and told priest to install it. When the priest hesitated to do so, Lord said, place her on my left and Radha on my right.

About the temple:

Sri Radha Gopinath temple is an ancient temple in Vrindavan dham. The temple complex houses samadhi of Shri Madhu pandit ji, who was first to serve Gopinath ji. Overall a must visit temple when you are in Vrindavan.

A once glorious temple, this temple also faced the blunt of muslim invaders. Temple was destroyed by Aurangzeb and the original deities were shifted to jaipur. The temple now has pratibhu or replacement idols of lord.

Major Attractions of Temple:

The temple built up of Red sandstone matches closely in style and dimensions to that of the old Madan Mohan Temple. The Choir dome of the temple is richly decorated with the sculptures in Arabic Art. Inside the temple on the altar can be seen the black marble beautiful deity of Lord Gopinath along with Sri Radharani standing to its right and Anangamanjari (younger sister of Radhaji) to the left. This is the only temple in Vrindavan having such an unusual arrangement as in all other temples deity of Radhaji is installed on the left of Lord Krishna.

Yamuna flows graciously in Vrindavan town along several ghats (a series of steps leading down to a water body) where Krishna performed His pastimes. Some of the most important ghats that lie in Vrindavan town are Kaliya Ghat, Keshi Ghat, Chir Ghat, and Imli Taal Ghat.

Entry Fees, Aarti Timings & Mandir Opening Timings:

There is no entry fee to visit the temple. The timings of Mandir in summers is from 9:00am to 12:30pm in the morning & 5:30pm to 9:00pm in the evening from Monday to Sunday. And in winters from 9:00am to 01:00pm in the morning & 6:00pm to 10:00pm in the evening from Monday to Sunday

This temple is located between the Radha-Raman temple and Gopinath Bazaar. From the Radha-Raman temple you make a left and another quick left around the corner. You then walk 50m (150 ft) until you reach the path that leads to the temple. You make a left and walk about 100m (330 ft) until you reach the doorway to the courtyard of the temple. You enter the doorway and go straight until you see a doorway in the right corner. You then go through this doorway. Directly to your right is the old temple of Radha Gopinath. On the left is the new temple.

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