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General Information about Vrindavan

A holy site around 15 kms from Mathura which once served as Lord Krishna's childhood abode, Vrindavan is a popular religious tourist spot and considered to be a very sacred place for the Hindus. Vrindavan, nestled on the holy banks of Yamuna, echoes with the liveliness and gaiety of Lord Krishna with Gopis. The term Vrindavan is similar to Vrinda, which is akin to Tulsi (Basil) plant that grows abundantly throughout the length and breadth of the city. Each nook and corner of Vrindavan speaks volumes about Lord Krishna in the act of a cowherd boy who is considered as the most compassionate lord in Hindu mythology.

The city of Vrindavan hosts hundreds of Lord Krishna and Radha temples scattered throughout, the most famous ones being Banke Bihari temple, ISKCON temple. This city derives its name from the groves of Brinda and Vana meaning forest.

Connectivity :

By Rail : The closest railway station to Vrindavan is at Mathura. It is located around 14 kilometers away from Vrindavan. There is a small passenger train which connects Mathura to Vrindavan.

By Air : Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi is the nearest airport to Vrindavan. It is located at a distance of 142 kilometer from Vrindavan. Taxi cabs and bus service are available between Delhi and Vrindavan.

By Road : The Yamuna Expressway serves as a link between Delhi and Vrindavan. Taxi cabs or private vehicle is the best option to reach Vrindavan. State transport and private buses connect Vrindavan with neighboring countries such as Mathura, Delhi and Agra.

The food in Varanasi is only pure vegetarian and often even without any onion or garlic. However the city's platter has much flavor, color and richness to lose oneself in. A typical platter here is incomplete without Aloo-Puri, Pakoras and Lassi. The town also houses quiet a variety from traditional snacks and delicacies on the street to global cuisines with the finest cheesecakes, salads and lasagna. The other relishes of the town that you must try, include Hing ki Kachori, Kachori-Sabzi, Chana- Bhatura, Chhole-Poori as well as sweets such as Pedhe, Laddos, Rabri, Jalebi, Kheer, Kalakand, Khurchan, Balushai and many more.

An Ideal Itinerary :

Day 1- Reach Vrindavan in the morning. Freshen up and head towards the Banke Bihari mandir for the morning Aarti. You can spend your day visiting various temples in the vicinity of Vrindavan and perform the Vrindavan Parikrama, a tour around the holy town. If you are interested in puppet shows, do visit the Pagal Baba Temple. Later, you can feast your soul at one of the ghats for the evening Aarti and the spiritual zeal of the devotees.
Day 2- The Govardhan Hill is around 8 km from Vrindavan and considered a pilgrimage spot by devotees. You can head towards the hill on foot. Alternatively, you can visit the ghats for the morning Aarti. Festivals like Holi, Janmashtami and Radhashtmi attracts lakhs of tourists from far and wide. You can also stroll around Nidhiban and Seva Kunj.


Few Places of Interest :

Banke Bihari Mandir

This temple houses a sacred image of Lord Krishna known as Thakur Ji. The idol of Krishna here is jet black. This temple is among the 7 temples of Thakur of Vrindavan which also include Sri Radhavallabh Ji, Shri Govind Dev Ji and four others. One interesting fact about the Banke Bihari temple is that there are no bells or conchs in the premises, as the Lord does not like the sound of these instruments. Divine invocations are performed by peaceful chants of 'Radha Naam'.

The word 'Banke' means bent in three places, while the word 'Bihari' means supreme enjoyer. The idol in Banke Bihari Temple was originally worshipped under the name of Kunj- Bihari which means enjoyer of lakes. The sewa of the Bihariji is unique in its own way. It is performed in three parts every day ie Shringar, Rajbhog and Shayan. While Shringar (which includes bath, dressing and adornment with jewellery like crown and necklaces) and Rajbhog (feast) are offered in the forenoon, Shayan Sewa (Shayan means sleep) is offered in the evening. Banke Bihari Temple is thronged by devotees all through the year.

Radharamana Temple
The word "Radharamana" means one who gives pleasure to Radha, it but obviously refers to Lord Krishna, her consort. Of the umpteen numbers of names by which Lord Krishna is referred to endearingly by his followers. This temple was established in 1542. It is said that the deity here is self manifested from one of the shalagram-shilas. As an idol of Radha is not present here, a crown placed near Lord Krishna depicts her.


ISKCON Temple,
Also known as Sri Krishna-Balaram Mandir, this temple was built in 1975. The core objective of this temple was to increase awareness about the Vedic scriptures and the Bhagavad Gita. Even today, it is regarded as one of the most popular temples in Vrindavan.

The three altars here are the seats of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, Shri Krishna and Balaram and Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundara along with Lalita and Vishakha. The presiding deity of the temple, however, is Lord Krishna-Balaram.Vrindavan is a holy place for devotees of Krishna as he spent his childhood here.
There are two idols on the central slab of the temple which depict Krishna and Balarama, who were brothers. On the right dais are the idols of their friends. On the left side is a statue of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu with Nityananda, and of Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and his spiritual coach Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. Krishna-Balaram Mandir implements great ethics of hygiene and deity adoration in the whole of Vrindavan.

Pagal Baba Temple
Pagal Baba Temple is one of the main temple architecture in Vrindavan. Pagal Baba Temple was built by the Late Pagal Baba as he was fondly known by his followers. A positive vibe runs throughout the temple which is reminiscent of the spirit of its creator. You can have a good look of the city from the top floor. The temple is famous for its puppet exhibition in the ground floor. The puppets play act scenes from the two great Epics if India, Mahabharata and Ramayana. Outside the temple you will find many shops selling devotional items like flowers, incense stick and dresses for idol. The temple is decorated by the followers of Pagal Baba during Holi and Janmashthami.


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