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.