Experience The Religious Fervor At Vrindavan
Associated with the memories of Bal Krishna, this holy land is home to about 5000 sacred places including all the small and big shrines. Located 15 km from Mathura and 57 km from Agra, Vrindavan is the place where Krishna courted his beloved Radha and played pranks on the gopis or milkmaids. The vivacious town of Vrindavan is located on the banks of river Yamuna with an aura of peace and tranquility.
The entire place was a tulsi grove at one time, therefore its name 'Vrindavan'. The sacred Tulsi (Basil) plant, is also known as 'Vrinda'. Some people also believe that the place was named after Vrinda Devi, one of Krishna's playmates. Vrindavan is also a major centre for the artistic and cultural heritage. The tradition of the paintings started over fifty years ago in Vrindavan. The holy city is known for the paintings glittering in gold and studded with gems.
The temple city attracts a number of pilgrims during festivals like Janmashtami, Holi and Radhashtami.
Govind Dev Temple
One of the most impressive temples of Vrindavan, the Govind Dev Temple was built by Raja Man Singh of Amber in 1590. It exhibits various paintings based on the themes of the relationship between Lord Krishna and Radha.
Built in 1851, Rangaji Temple depicts a mixture of Rajput, South Indian and Italian style of architecture. One can enjoy the electronic puppet shows at the entrance, narrating stories of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
Shree Banke-Bihari Temple
Built in 1864, it is one of the most popular shrines at Vrindavan. The image of Shri Banke-Bihari was discovered in Nidhi Vana by Swami Haridas, the great Krishna devotee of the Nimbarka sect.
Madan Mohan Temple
Madan Mohan Temple is the oldest existing temple in Vrindavan. Built by Kapur Ram Das of Multan, the temple is closely associated with the saint Chaitanya. Today, the temple has a replica of the image of Lord Madan Gopal. The original idol of Lord Madan Gopal was shifted to Karauli in Rajasthan for safe keeping, during the rule of Aurangzeb.
Radha Vallabh Temple
This famous temple was established by the Radha-Vallabh sect. It has the crown of Radha-Rani placed next to the idol of Shri Krishna.
Besides the above, the Krishna Balaram Temple (dedicated to ISKON sect's founder Swami Prabhupada), Jugal Kisore Temple, Radharamana Temple, Jaipur Temple and the Shahji Temple are among the most popular Hindu temples in Vrindavan.
It is hard to find any branded showroom in Vrindavan, but you can find various narrow lane markets that are popular for silver ornaments, textiles and handicrafts. Loi Bazaar is a well known place in Vrindavan for souvenirs and devotional items like the dresses of the idols, brass items etc. Khadi Bhavan is the place where one can find a wide range of Khadi fabrics and dress materials.
How to Reach
By Air: The nearest airport is Agra (about 60 km) from where you can take flights to other important tourist destinations of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi and Khajuraho. The nearest international airport is Delhi (about 150 km).
By Rail: Vrindavan has its own railway line but the major railway station is Mathura which lies on the Delhi-Chennai and Delhi-Mumbai main line.
By Road: Vrindavan is well connected to Mathura and all other major places of interest in India.