Temples in Vrindavan
Banke Bihari Temple
Banke Bihari Temple is a Hindu temple situated in the town of Vrindavan, Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh, dedicated to Lord Krishna. Here ‘Banke’ means bent and ‘Bihari’ refers to Vihari. The temple was constructed in 1864 A.D. In this temple, the principal deity stands in the ‘tribhanga’ posture, which is tilted at three angles. Hence, Lord Krishna, who is bent in three places, got the name “Banke”. Originally, this same idol of Lord Krishna was worshipped at Nidhivan and called “Kunj-Bihari” which means ‘the one who enjoys kunj or groves of Vrindavan’.
ISKCON Vrindavan Temple
One of the most significant temples in Vrindavan is Sri Krishna-Balaram Mandir, commonly known as ISKCON Temple, situated in the Raman Reti area of Vrindavan Mathura district, Uttar Pradesh. This temple represents the fulfilled dream of Srila Prabhupada, founder of ISKCON. This temple worships the two divine brothers, Shri Krishna and Shri Balaram at the very place where they had spent their childhood. This temple is a powerhouse spreading the Krishna ideology all over the world.
The Prem Mandir of Vrindavan is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Radha and Ram and Sita, this beautiful temple was established by the 5th Jagadguru Kripalu Maharaj. The temple was completed by one thousand labourers in 11 years. The construction of this beautiful temple was started in January 2001 and its inauguration ceremony was performed on 15 February 2012. Then from 17th February, it was opened for the devotees. The height of the temple is 125 feet and the length is 122 feet, the width of the temple is about 115 feet. The temple is made of marble stones, which were imported from Italy.
Radha Raman Temple
The Radha Raman Temple stands tall near Panchayat Mandir Shri Radha Raman Ji Maharaj in Keshi Ghat, Vrindavan, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. It is dedicated to Lord Krishna as Radha Ramana was founded over 500 years ago. Gopala Bhatta Goswami, the founder of this temple set foot in Vrindavana when he was 30 years old. The Temple is said to be one of the most significant among the 7 temples of Thakur of Vrindavan. Another fact about this temple is that even though it is dedicated to Radha, there is no deity of Radha Rani in the temple. There is only a crest kept next to Krishna to indicate her presence.
Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir
Vrindavan Chandrodaya Temple is going to be the longest temple in the world, It is currently under construction in Vrindavan, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. The total cost of this temple is around Rs 300 crores. This is the most expensive temple ever built by ISKCON Bangalore. The footprints of this temple are spread over 5 acres, and its length is 700 feet. Various types of religious festivals throughout the year will be celebrated in this temple. In the coming times, this temple will be a big tourist destination for Hindus.
Shree Shree Uma shakti Peeth Temple
Shree Shree Uma Shakti Peeth Temple is among the 51 Shakti Peethas in the Hindu religion. It is also one of the oldest temples in the area, built near Radha Bagh in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, in her Katyayani form. As per the legends, her hair fell here when Lord Vishnu cut her body into many parts. Some people worship her as Goddess Uma here thus, the temple is also known as Uma Shakti Peeth or Uma Devi Mandir. Every year, especially during Navratri, the temple is flooded with pilgrims who come to pray to Goddess Uma Shakti Peeth to take her blessings.
Sri Rangnath ji Mandir
Shree Rangnath Ji Temple is the largest temple of Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh was built in 1851 A.D. in the Dravidian style dedicated to Lord Ranganatha also known as Rangji which describes Lord Vishnu. Here, Lord Vishnu is in his sheshashayi pose and resting on the large coils of the sacred Sesha Naga. Not only Lord Vishnu but in this temple one can worship Lord Narasimha, Goddess Sita, Lord Rama, Lord Laksman, Lord Venugopala and Lord Ramanujacarya. Here the main priest is South Indian Brahmans.
Shri Pagal Baba Temple
This temple is devoted to Lord Krishna. According to history, Sheela Nand Ji was a Judge in the High Court of Kolkata and after resigning he came to Vrindavan in search of holiness. He was wondering here and there like a mad man so people were saying him Pagal Baba. Then with the help of devotees, he built this beautiful temple in Vrindavan. The temple is built with White Marble and gives a beautiful view of Vrindavan City from the topmost floor. The temple is also famous for its Puppet show as it plays scenes from the great Epics, Mahabharata and Ramayana. The temple is decorated during festivals like Holi and Janmashthami.
Gopeshwar Mahadev Temple
Gopeshwar Mahadev temple is one of the oldest and most unique temples in Vrindavan located near Vanshi Uttar Pradesh. The principal deity of the temple is Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of Gopeshwar lingam also known to be as Gopi. It is believed that Shri Gopeshwar lingam was established by the grandson of Lord Krishna, Vrajanabha. Gopeshwar Mahadev Temple is located near Vamshivat and anyone who wishes to explore the delightness of Raas Leela must visit the temple and pray to Gopeshwar for inducing him into Sakhibhav. The legends of Vrindavan consider Lord Shiva as the first Vaishnav ever and the guru of all Vaishnav since he was a devotee of Lord Vishnu of whom Lord Krishna was an avatar.
The city of Lord Krishna - Vrindavan situated in the state of Uttar Pradesh with Numerous temples dedicated to Lord Krishna and Radhaji - ISKCON temple, Banke Bihari Temple, Prem Mandir, Shri Pagal Baba mandir and many other around 5500 temples in Vrindavan. A large number of devotees visit every day to see the religious culture and beauty of temples. Festivals like Holi, Janmashtami and Guru Purnima are celebrated with great joy and happiness. Know more about the temples of Vrindavan and much more.