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Vrindavan

Vrindavan

A place of special importance for pilgrims, Vrindavan occupies a prized place in the history of Indian culture. It also holds a great importance in the development of Hindu philosophy annd mythological legend.


Virindavan is an important pilgrimage site in Uttar Pradesh. Situated at the distance of 15 km from Mathura, the city is known for its various ancient and modern Hindu temples. These relious sites reflect childhood activities of playfulness and charming characteristics of Shri Krishna.


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The city houses more than 4000 temples. Most of them are dedicated to Lord Krishna. This sacred site of the Hindus is visited by thousands of travellers from all across the world.


As per facts, this whole site was a tulsi grove at one time and hence, it is named 'Vrindavan'. The holy Tulsi (Basil) plant is also called as ‘Virinda’. It is also an important center for the artistic as well as cultural heritage.


Major attractions of Vrindavan include:


Madan Mohan Temple

Counted among the most popular temples in Vrindavan, Madan Mohan Temple was constructed by Kapur Ram Das of Multan. Lying on the bank of Kali Ghat, the temple is among the oldest temples in the city. It is dedicated to the saint Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The original image of Lord Madan Gopal was changed from the shrine to Karauli in Rajasthan for security during Aurangzeb's rule. Today, an imitation of the image is revered at the temple.


Banke-Bihari Temple

Built in 1864, it is another important holy shrine of Vrindavan. Haridas Swami of the Nimbarka sampradaya a swami among the six Goswami settled this temple. He explored the Banke Bihari Deity at Nidhivana in the 16th century. Banke Bihari was originally revered at Nidhivana.


Govind Dev Temple

Constructed by Raja Man Singh of Amber in 1590, Govind Dev is among the most imposing temples of Vrindavan. It showcases different paintings based on the relationship between Lord Krishna and Radha.


The temple boasts of its impressive structure of silver and marble. The ceiling of the main hall is adorned with a sculptured lotus that weighs over several tons.


Rangaji Temple

Famous for its eight lofty gopurams or gateways, it is the largest temple in Vrindavan. Built in 1851 by Seth Govind Das, the temple showcases a blend of Rajput, Italian and South Indian architectural style. The gopuram of this temple is famous for beautiful carvings of deities.


Radha Vallabh Temple

This popular temple was established by Harivamsa Goswami who initiated the Radha Vallabha sect insisting on devotion to Radharani. There is no deity of Radhrani in this temple but a crown has been positioned next to Krishna to mark his presence.


Jaipur Temple

Built by Sawai Madhav, the Maharaja of Jaipur, Jaipur temple is among the most popular temples of  the city. The architectural beauty of marble and sandstone speaks volume about the temple. The deities regarded here are of Sri Radha-Madhava, Hansa-gopala and Ananda-bihari.


Krishna Balaram Mandir

It is a Hindu Gaudiya Vaishnava temple in the holy city of Vrindavan. It is among the main ISKCON temples in India constructed in 1957 on the orders of Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who was the founder-acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).


When to Visit Vrindavan


Winters is the best time to visit Vrindavan and especially between the months of October and March. Summers are usually hot here.


Vrindavan Cuisine


During their trip to Virndavan, travellers can treat their taste-buds with a variety of delectable cuisines known for their unique taste. Maha-prasada, available in the temple room of the Krishna Balarama Temple after aratis is the most popualar dish here. The mahaprasada includes puris, rice, subji, pakoras, sweets and other eatables.


Vrindavan Shopping


Vrindavan boasts of its marble work. Travellers get an opportunity to pick and choose some so the finest marble and alabaster products. Some of them are embedded with synthetic gems as well as semi-precious stones. Other popular shopping items that can be bought are bangles, wooden beads,  lovely glass beads and stringing glass.


Vrindavan Accommodation


Hotels are in abundance in Vrindavan, ensuring a comfortable stay to the visitors. With the five-star hotels of different groups, there are many luxury hotels in Vrindavan that provide excellent services and offer grand hospitality to their guests.


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How to Reach Vrindavan


By Air: Kheria in Agra, is the nearest airport, located 75 km from Vrindavan. It is well-connected with all the important domestic airlines.

By Rail: Virandavan does not house any railhead. The nearest railway station lies in Mathura about 15 km by road.

By Road: Vrindavan is well-linked to all the important cities in Uttar Pradesh and India through a network of State Highways as well as National Highways. Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation operates many buses to nearby cities.


A fine getaway for spending sometime in a tranquil atmosphere of spiritual blessedness!

 

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