India is a land of immense diversity on all fronts. Religion in particular, has a stronghold in the mentality of people all over the country. It is no surprise that there are many cities that are devoted to fulfilling the religious desires of people all over the country. The most revered of all gods is Krishna, particularly in the Northern part of India. It’s in the vicinities of Vrindavan, in the North India; Lord Krishna is remembered most, ritualistically. It is considered to be a holy place for Vaisnavism tradition of Hinduism. It lies nearly 160 km from Delhi that can be reached going through the Yamuna Expressway to Mathura by car. It is easy to commute in a private vehicle and that is what makes Vrindavan the most sought after from Delhi.
It is a center of Krishna worship and the area includes places like Govardhana and Gokul that are associated with Krishna. Indeed, it is the Vrindavan-Mathura that resonates as Krishna’s legendary playground. It is believed that some 5000 years back, the epochal Dvapara Yuga took place. The courtship with Radha, flirtations with the gopis, lifting of the mighty Govardhan hill, all went here. The essence of Vrindavan was lost over time until the 16th century, when it was rediscovered by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Millions of devotees of Radha Krishna visit these places of pilgrimage every year and participate in a number of festivals.
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Best Time to Visit
You get to explore the era in its entire splendor, with resplendent architecture, and rich traditions. The best time to visit this beautiful city is during one of the major Hindu festivals, as the city transforms into a mystical land altogether or the months of August to March. This is because, the summers get very hot and it is difficult to enjoy the overall experience of this magical land. However, the place is populated throughout the year ardent devotees seeking the blessing of the Almighty.
Places of Interest in Vrindavan
Govind Dev (Govindaji) Temple
This temple was built by Raja Sawai Man Singh of Jaipur in the year of 1590. It is a magnificent seven-storied structure boasting of one of the finest architecture in entire North India. The walls of this temple built in the pattern of a Greek Cross. The temple combines western, Hindu and Muslim architectural elements in its structure. The highlight of this temple is the huge lotus sculpture on the ceiling in the main hall. It is to be noted that the monkey population is immense in the area, and proper care must be taken.
Banke Bihari Temple
Banke Bihari Temple is the most renowned and visited temple of Vrindavan, built around 1862. This is the place where Haridas established the Lord Krishna idol that emerged in the forests of Nidhivana. The custom prevailing at the Banke Bihari Temple is that the devotees should have only Jhanki darshan of the deity.
Sri Krishna-Balarama Temple (ISKCON)
Sri Krishna-Balarama Temple was built by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in Raman-Reti. It is one of the most beautiful temples in Vrindavan today. Krishna and Balram with Radha–Shyamasundar are the presiding deities in this temple. Adjoining the temple is the samadhi of Swami Prabhupada, the founder of ISKCON, built in pure white marble.
The Seva Kunj is the place where Lord Krishna used to dance with Radha and the other Gopis There is a small temple inside the premises called Rang Mahal. It is said that even till this date, after sunset, the bushes in the garden transform into Gopis and Lord Krishna and Radha spend time in the Rang Mahal.
Prem Mandir is the most beautiful and perfect, religious and spiritual complex situated on a 54-acre of land on the edges of Vrindavan, is one of the newest temples devoted to Divine Love. The temple structure was set up by Kripalu Maharaj. The principle structure constructed in marble looks lovely and is an educational monument that reflects the genuine history of Sanatana Dharma.
Radha Damodar Mandir
Radha Damodar Mandir Located at Seva Kunj, the Mandir was established in 1542 by Srila Jiva Goswami. The deities of Sri Radha Damodar are here. There are many more deities in various other temples. Other objects of interest for the tourists are the Samadhi of venerated saints like Krishnadas Kaviraj, Jiv Goswami, Rup Goswami in the courtyard of Radha Damodar.
Thus, there is no doubt that Vrindavan is more than fittingly known as the Abode of Gods. While it may not offer a typical quiet get away from your busy life, the spiritual fulfillment is bound to make you feel at peace with yourself.
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So, what are you waiting for? Isn’t it time to seek the Lord’s blessings and a visit his home, already?
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