Travel to Vrindavan
 

Attractions in Vrindavan


Madan Mohana Temple - Madan Mohan Temple on the riverside is the oldest structure in Vrindavan. This 60 foot high temple was constructed on a 50-foot hill called Dvadasaditya Tila, next to the Yamuna.

Govinda Dev Temple - Govinda Dev Temple was a grand seven-story structure, with an altar of marble, silver and gold. Architecturally this temple is one of the finest in North India. A sculptured lotus flower weighing several tons decorates the main hall ceiling. It was built in 1590 by Raja Man Singh from Jaipur, a general in Akbar's army by several thousand men working for five full years to complete it.

Jugal Kisore Temple - Jugal Kisore Temple (Kesi Ghata temple) is one of the  oldest  temples  of  Vrindavan , completed  in  1627 .  After
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Akbar's visit to Vrindavan in the year 1570, he gave permission for four temples to be built by the Gaudiya Vaisnavas, which were Madana-Mohana, Govindaji, Gopinatha and Jugal Kisore. It is sometimes called the Kesi Ghata temple, as it is located next to this ghata.

Sri Ranganatha (Rangaji) Temple - Sri Ranganatha (Rangaji) Temple is a South-Indian style temple that is 30 meters high with three gopurams (gateways), a tall shikhara (crown) and gold-plated decorations. This temple is dedicated to Lord Sri Ranganatha or Rangaji, a form of Lord Vishnu lying down on the Sesa Naga (divine serpent).

Banke Bihari Temple - The Banke Bihari Temple, built in 1864, is popular across India. There are curtains in front of the richly decorated idol. After the main prayers the curtains are drawn apart to give darsan (viewing) to a long line of devotees. The curtain before the deities is not left open like at other temples but every few minutes it is pulled shut and then opened again.

Radha Vallabha Temple - Radha Vallabha Temple is another very popular temple of Vrindavan which was founded by Harivamsa Gosvami. In this temple, there is no idol of Radharani, but a crown has been placed next to Krishna to signify her presence.

Jaipur Temple - Jaipur Temple, one of Vrindavan's magnificent temples, was built by the Maharaja of Jaipur, Sawai Madhav, in 1917 after 30 years of labor. The fine hand-carved sandstone is of unequaled craftsmanship, the huge pillars that hold up the roof are each carved from one solid rock, and the intricately fashioned marble on the altar is reminiscent of the Mughal period.

Events in Vrindavan

Janmashtami - Janmashtami, the birth of Lord Krishna is celebrated with great devotion in the August/September months. Temples and homes are beautifully decorated and lit. An attractive feature of the celebrations are cribs & other decorations depicting stories of Lord Krishna's childhood. There are five main jhankis of Janmashtami which depict the entire sequence of events from Lord Krishna's birth to his being discovered in Gokul. The jhankis include the birth of Krishna in jail, Vasudev carrying Krishna to safety across the river Yamuna amidst thunder and lightning, Vasudev's return to the jail, Kansa killing Yashoda's daughter and finally the little Krishna in the cradle in Gokul. Jhankis are created out of dolls dressed up as kids, men and women with lehangas, chunnis, dhotis & kurtas. Raslila of every type are also performed - Janmalila, Shankarlila, Putnalila and Naglila. In the evening bhajans are sung for Krishna which end at midnight, the auspicious moment when He was born. Thereafter arti is done, prasad distributed and flowers showered on the idol.

Radha Ashtami - The birthday of Shri Radha is celebrated 15 days after Krishna Janmashtami. Whereas Krishna's birth is celebrated with solemnity, Radha's birth celebrations are marked with joy and abandon. The center of festivities remains Barsana, the land of Shri Radha, specially her temple on top of the Brahma hill. Celebrations are also held in places and temples associated with her memory, for example, the temple of Radhavallabh at Vrindhavan as also at Sevakunj. In the Radhavallabh temple, the celebrations start with the distribution of clothes, cereals, fruits and sweets to all, accompanied by singing, dancing, and occasional sprays of saffron-coloured milk on the devotees.


Getting There & Away to Vrindavan


Flights to Vrindavan
The nearest airport is Agra around 67 km away from Vrindavan. Regular flights connect Vrindavan to other important tourist destinations of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, and Khajuraho. The nearest international airport is Delhi, which is connected to almost every important city in the world with major airlines.
Trains to Vrindavan
Though Vrindavan itself is a railway station, the major railway station close by is Mathura on the Delhi-Chennai and Delhi-Mumbai main line. Several express trains connect Mathura from other major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Calcutta, and Agra.
Car and Bus Service to Vrindavan
Vrindavan is connected to Mathura and all other places of interest in Braj by bus services and is placed on direct road link from Delhi and Agra. Getting to Vrindavan from Mathura is very easy as there are frequent buses, shared tempos, and taxis available throughout the day.


Getting Around in Vrindavan


Cycle rickshaws, auto rickshaws and rented vehicles can be used to go around the town. Distances are very little, but having ones own vehicle allows flexibility. The lanes are crowded and it is better to station one's vehicle at one place and walk around.

And one of the best times to visit Vrindavan, is in the months of July/August when Janmashtami (birthday of Lord Krishna) is celebrated with great gaiety. Almost everyday there is a festival in Vrindavan, but the major ones include Govardhan Puja, Guru Poornima, Holi, Govardhan Puja, Jhulan Yatra (swing festival), Radhashtami and Basant Panchami.                                             
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