A small town, Vrindavan is located at a distance of 15 Kms from the place called Mathura. This location is considered to be of quite significance for being another location for pilgrimage in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. This is the place, where Krishna spent his childhood clandestinely. The dwellers of this place saw Krishna from the child that he was, to the teen he became and to the youth he came to be. To Krishna, the temple of Vrindavan has been dedicated. This location is one of the most honored and respected destination among the Hindu people.
More than 5,000 numbers of temples are present in Vrindavan. The architectural style of these structures is considered to be some of finest specimens in the whole of North India. Thousands and thousands of devotees come to visit this place, especially during the celebrations of Janmashtami, Holi and Radhashtami. One can observe the renowned Bankey Bihari Temple and also the initial ISKCON Temple.
PLACES TO SEE
Kans Qila: This structure is present on the northern bed of the river named Yamuna. In the present time, this structure is standing in wreck.
Sati Burj: The altitude of this red sandstone structure is 17 meters. In the year 1570 AD, this structure was constructed.
The Jama Masjid: In the year of 1661 AD, this structure was constructed.
The Government Museum: In the year 1874, this museum was established by F.S. Growse. This is now a Government Museum. At present, this museum is considered to be one of the principal institutions for research and studies. In the display of the museum, one can see the statues made of stone and coins made up of terracotta, gold, silver and copper, seals made up of clay, archaic potteries, and pictures and bronze items.
Govinda Dev Temple: In the year 1590, the Raja Man Singh of Jaipur constructed this Govinda Dev Temple. The architecture style of this example is a specimen of the spectacular architectural style prevailing during the medieval period. Initially, there were seven floors; however the upper four floors have been demolished during the time period of Aurangzeb’s rule. Following that, the statue of Krishna was also detached from here and relocated to Jaipur.
Shahji Temple: In the year of 1860, this temple has been constructed. In the whole of North India, this temple is quite a renowned one. The spectacular architecture of this place, the statues and sculptures, the two numbers of columns, which are in spiral shape, are some of the attracting features of this place. The eastern wing of the temple contains the “Basanti Kamra”, which is renowned all over the globe.
Temple of Rang Ji: The temple of Rang Ji is considered to be the longest temple of Vrindavan. Seth Govind Das Ji and Seth Laxman Chand Ji built this temple in the year of 1851. The South Indian style of architecture is reflected in this temple. 773 feet is the dimension of the exterior wall. A water tank, a beautiful garden and the original temple are included within the outer walls. The altitude of the “Dhweja Stambha” is 50 feet.
Madan Mohan Temple: This place is located close to the Kali Ghat. Kapur Ram Das of Multan constructed this structure.
Krishna Balram Mandir: There are as many as 400 institutions of this organisation all over the globe. Srila A.C Bhakti Vedanta Swami Prabhupada established this spiritual organisation. This place receives huge numbers of pilgrims and devotees. A spectacular temple of Lord Krishna was present in the grounds of this institution.
Radha Ballabh Temple: In the year 1626, the construction of this temple took place. One can observe the striking features of the structure. It is a specimen of the archaic architecture belonging to Hinduism. During the time period of 17th century, the destruction of this holy place took place. In the present time, one the base remains standing.
Gopi Nath Temple: The architectural style used in the Madan Mohan Mandir is reflected in this temple of Gopi Nath. The dimensions of both are also quite similar. Rai Shilji constructed this temple. He was Jaipur’s Sekhavat Rajput.
Glass Temple: The pilgrims visiting here are mesmerized by the spectacular work of glass.
Nidhi Van: The playground of the companion of Krishna is known as Radhika’s Kridasthali. This is a location open to adoration of the Hindus.
Banke Bihari: The restoration work of this temple, which is considered to be one of the most ancient temples, was done in the year 1921.
HOW TO REACH VRINDAVAN
By air: The closest air terminal is located in Agra, which is set at a distance of 67 Kms from Vrindavan.
By rail: Vrindavan has a small railway station. The nearest major railway station is located in Mathura.
By road: One can reach this place via buses, shared tempos and taxis.