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Vrindavan - The Destination

  
Lord Krishna, Vrindavan

An exciting getaway from the city of the Taj Mahal, Vrindavan is located only 67 km from Agra. Vrindavan is the land of kadamb groves, where Krishna courted his beloved Radha and played pranks on the gopis or milkmaids, a land immortalised by the major festivals like Janamashtami, Holi and Radhashtami. It is estimated that half a million pilgrims visit the town every year, mostly during the festivals.

Vrindvan is a city of temples. One of the most important and sacred temples is the  Bankey Bihari Temple  , where one can expect to see

devotees engaged in simple acts of worship such as happily clashing small cymbals together as they move in time to ancient rhythms.

The Govind Dev Temple was built in 1590 by Raja Man Singh and now lies empty, its upper layers having been torn down during the time of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. The Rangaji Temple dates from 1851 and is a mixture of architectural styles, including a Rajput entrance gate, a soaring south Indian gopuram (gateway tower), and an Italianate colonnade.

One of the most impressive temples is the ISKCON Temple, which was built by the devotees of Krishna overseas. Here, the marble buildings almost glow with a light of their own and there is evidence of intricate carving.

It is a beautiful experience, visiting the town and taking in all the different kinds of architecture and stone carvings -some intricate, others spectacular. Big temples, small temples, elaborately decorated shrines… they all offer overwhelming avenues for exploration, both for the devotee and the casual visitor.
Vrindavan - Facts at a Glance

State : Uttar Pradesh
Area : 2.25 sq kms
Temperature : 22°C - 48°C (Summers)
6°C - 26°C (Winters)
Altitude : 175mts
Rainfall : 65cms
Language : Hindi, Braj, English
Best Season : October - March

History of Vrindavan

Legends say that the name 'Vrindavan' is derived from Vrinda, another name for the sacred tulsi (basil) plant. A legend has it that the entire place was a tulsi grove at one time. According to another tradition, it was named after Vrinda Devi, one of Krishna's playmates. The earliest known shrine in Vrindavan is said to have been built by the local gosains in a large garden called Nidhiban, later named Seva Kunj. Popular belief says that Emperor Akbar was taken blindfolded inside the grove where he had some kind of a spiritual experience. As a result, he acknowledged the spot as being holy ground.
ISKCON Temple, Vrindavan

The four temples that were built in honour of his visit are Govind Deva, Madan Mohan, Gopinath, and Jugal Kishore. The first is an impressive edifice built in red sandstone. Architecturally this temple is considered one of the finest in North India.

However, apart from its history, what keeps Vrindavan alive in the popular imagination of the people is its rich legend and mythology. Vrindavan is considered the place where Lord Krishna spent his early childhood. It was here that Krishna indulged in adolescent pranks with the gopis (milkmaids) in the forests and stealing their clothes while they bathed in the river.

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