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Vrindavan Guide

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BIHARIJI

BANKE-BIHARI TEMPLE

This is one of Vrindavana’s most popular temples and famous all over India, it was built in 1864. The Deity of Banke-bihari was discovered in Nidhuvana by Swami Haridasa. A contemporary of the six Gosvamis, Swami Haridasa known for his devotional bhajanas, was the guru of the famous musician Tansen. The distance of Bankey Bihari Ji from Ashram is about 3.00 KM

RADHA VALLABHA TEMPLE

Another very poindexpular temple of Vrindavana whih was founded by Hit Harivamsa Gosvami, who started the Radha Vallabha sect emphasizing devotion to Radharani. In this temple, there is no deity of Radharani, but a crown has been placed next to Krishna to signify Her presence. The original temple of Radha Vallabha was destroyed by the Muslims in 1670 and a new temple was built at the side of the old one.The distance of Radha Vallabha Ji from Ashram is about 3.00 KM

SEVA KUNJA

This is the sacred place of the rasa dance and also where Lord Krishna of???????????????????????????????fered service to Radharani by decorating Her hair with flowers, as well as massaging and painting Her lotus feet. Radha and Krishna would sometimes spend the night here, dancing with the gopis and enjoying various transcendental pastimes. There is also a small temple dedicated to Radha and Krishna’s pastimes called Rang Mahal. Near the entrance to this garden is a kunda created by Lord Krishna. He pushed His foot into the ground just to please Lalitha devi when she was feeling thirsty and wanted to drink water.The distance of Sewa Kunja Ji from Ashram is about 2.50 KM

   Radha Damodar Temple

Ththis is one of the most important temples in Vrindavana. The original Deity was hand carved by Rupa Gosvami and given as a gift to his beloved disciple, Jiva Gosvami, who later built a temple here. The Deity now being worshipped is the pratibhu-murti (replica) and is considered nondifferent from the original Deity. Formerly this spot was in the middle of Seva-kunja and it was the bhajana place of Rupa Gosvami. One can have darsana of the sacred govardhana-sila by asking the pujari and giving a small donation.The distance of Radha Damodar Ji from Ashram is about 2.50 KM

RADHARAMANA TEMPLE

This is the famous temple of Gopala Bhatta Gosvami. Radharamana means “one who gives pleasure to Radha”, and is one of the many names of Lord Krishna. The seva puja of Radharamana was established in 1542, after the Deity self-manifested from a saligram-sila. Also kept iin this temple is the wooden sitting place (hoki) and shawl (chaddar) or Lord Chaitanya, that He gave as a gift to Gopala Bhatta Gosvami. There is no deity of Radharani in this temple, but a crown is kept next to Krishna signifying Her presence. The distance of Radharaman Ji from Ashram is about 2.50 KM

JUGAL KISORE TEMPLE

This is one of the oldest temple of Vrindavana and was completed in 1627. After Emperor Akbar’s visit to Vridavana in the year 1570, he gave permission for four temples to be built by the Gaudya 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. The distance of Jugal Kishor from Ashram is about 2.50 KM

RADHA MADANA-MOHANA TEMPLE

This famous temple was established by Srila Sanatana Gosvami and was the first temple to be built in Vrindavana, which at that time was just a forest. The original Deity of Madana-mohana was taken to Karauli in Rajasthan for safety during the attack on Vrindavana by the soldiers of the fanatical Muslim Emperor, Aurangzeb. The distance of Madam Mohan Ji from Ashram is about 3.50 KM

JAIPUR TEMPLE

This temple was built by the Maharaja of Jaipur, Sawai Madhav, in 1917 after thirty years of hard labour. It is one of Vrindavan’s most opulent and grandiose temples. The fine hand carved sandstone is of unparalleled workmanship, the huge pillars that hold up the roof are each carved from one solid rock, and the intricately fashioned marble on the alter is reminiscent of the Mughal period. The Maharaja financed the railway line that connects Vrindavana with Mathura, just for the purpose of hauling the huge pieces of sandstone used in the temple construction. The Deities worshiped here are Sri Sri Radha-Madhava, Ananda-bihari and Hansa-gopala. The distance of Jaipur temple  from Ashram is about 2.00 KM

KRISHNA BALRAMA MANDIR

This beautiful temple was established in 1975 by His Divine Grace A.c. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founer-acarya of the Interational Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKON) and has now become Vrindavan’s most popular temple and has one of the highest standards of Deity worship and cleanliness. Hare Krishna devotees from around the world can be seen here throughout they year, bringing a truly international flavour to this ancient holy city. The distance of Krishan Balram (Iskon)  from Ashram is about 4.00 KM

KESI GHATA

This is the place where Lord Krishna killed the Kesi demon who appeared in the form of a gigantic horse and then took His bath in this very same ghata. This is also very famous bathing place in Vrindavana. An arati to Yamuna Devi is held here every evening. The distance of KESI GHAT Ji from Ashram is about 2.50 KM
RANGJI TEMPLE

This South Indian style temple was built by the wealthy Seth family of Mathura in the year 1851, and is dedicated to Lord Sri Ranganatha or Rangaji – a form of Lord Vishnu lying down on the Sesa Naga (celestial serpent). This temple has a traditional South Indian gopuram (gateway) and is surrounded by high walls. It is one of Vrindavana’s largest temples. Once a year a grand car festival (Ratha Yatra) is held known as Brahmotsava, during the month of Chait (March – April), this festival lasts for 10 days.  The distance of Rang Ji from Ashram is about 2.00 KM

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, who was inspired to do it after meeting Rupa Gosvami. It was said to have cost ten million rupees and several thousand men were working for five full years to complete it. Akbar himself had donated the red sandstone for its construction. In 1670, during the rule of a later Mughal king, Aurangzeb, it was plundered and destroyed leaving only three stories of the original temple. During this attack, when few stories remained, all of a sudden the ground began to shake violently and Aurangzeb’s men were terrified and ran for their lives, never to return.

Temple is now empty and the replica of Govindaji is worshiped in the new Govindaji Mandir (located behind the original temple). The original Govindaji is worshiped in Jaipur.  The distance of Govind Dev Ji from Ashram is about 2.00 KM

Radha-Gopinath Temple

The Deity of Gopinath worshiped in Radha-Gopinath Temple was discovered at Vamsivat by Paramananda Bhattacarya, who entrusted the Deity’s worship to Madhu Pandita. On the altar are Deities of Srimati Radharani and Her sister, Ananga Manjari. Madhu Pandita’s samadhi is next to the temple.

Gopinathji was originally installed in Vrindavan by Vajranabha, the great grandson of Krishna. When the Muslims raided Vrindavan, the original Gopinath Deity was taken to Jaipur. The Gopinath Deity in Jaipur and Lord Krishna are said to exactly resemble each other from Their shoulders down to the waist.  The distance of Radha-Gopinath Ji from Ashram is about 2.50 KM

Sri Radha Gokulananda Mandir

In Sri Radha Gokulananda Mandir are the the Radha-Vinoda Deities of Lokanath Gosvami, Radha-Gokulananda Deities of Visvanath Cakravarti, Caitanya Mahaprabhu Deity of Narottama Dasa Thakur, Vijaya Govinda Deities of Baladeva Vidyabhusana, and the Govardhan-shila given to Raghunath Dasa Gosvami by Sri Caitanya. Also, the samadhis of Srila Lokanath Gosvami, Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura, and Visvanath Cakravarti Thakura are here. Visvanath Cakravarti arranged to have this temple built. The distance of Gokulanand Ji from Ashram is about 2.50 KM

 Radha-Syamasundara

Radha-Syamasundara are the Deities of Syamananda Prabhu. Darsan is from 8.30 to 11 am and 5 to 8 pm. It is one of the seven major temples in Vrindavan. Syamananda’s samadhi is across the street and down from the entrance of the temple. The distance of Shyamsunder Ji from Ashram is about 2.50 KM

Sri Gopesvara Mahadeva Mandir

Sri Gopesvara Mahadeva Mandir is the oldest temple in Vrindavan. Gopesvara Mahadeva is Lord Siva, who came to Vrindavan to become a gopi of Krishna. Here Vrinda Devi blessed him and allowed him to enter the rasa dance of Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna then offered Lord Siva the guardianship of the Rasa mandala and placed him at its entrance. Ever since, all Vaisnavas pray first for his mercy to become a servant of the servant of the gopis.

Vajranabha, the great grandson of Krishna, also installed the Siva-linga in this temple. Every morning from 4 am to noon, thousands of people pour Yamuna water over the linga. It is said that the big pipal tree here is a kalpavriksa tree and will fulfill all desires. This temple is in the Vamsivata area. The distance of Gopeswar Ji from Ashram is about 2.50 KM

Shahji Temple

Shahji Temple, another popular temple at Vrindavan, was designed and built in 1876 by a wealthy jeweler, Shah Kundan Lal of Lucknow. The Deities at the temple are popularly known as the Chhote Radha Raman. Noted for its magnificent architecture and beautiful marble sculpture, the temple has twelve spiral columns each 15 feet high. The `Basanti Kamra’ – the darbar hall is famed for its Belgian glass chandeliers and fine paintings. The distance of Shahji  Ji from Ashram is about 2.50 KM

Shri Maa Katyayani Mandir

Shri Maa Katyayani Mandir, the temple is situated in Radha Bagh, near Rangnath mandir. This is one of suddh Shakti Peetha of Shakti. The distance of Katyayani Ji from Ashram is about 2.0 KM

Chintaharan Hanuman Mandir,

Chintaharan Hanuman Mandir, temple of Lord Hanuman is situated near Atalvan. The distance of Chintaharan Hanuman Ji from Ashram is about 5.50 KM

Shree Radha Ras Bihari Ashta Sakhi Temple

Shree Radha Ras Bihari Ashta Sakhi Temple: In Vrindavan, the “Lila Sthan” (the place of the divine passion play) of Lord Krishna, lies the temple that is a must visit destination for devotees completing the 84 kosh Vraj Parikrama Yatra. The temple is centuries old and is the first Indian temple that is dedicated to the divine couple and their Ashta Sakhi’s – the eight “companions” of Radha who were intimately involved in her love play with the Lord Krishna. The Ashta Sakhis are mentioned in the ancient texts of Puranas and the Bhagavata Purana. The temple is called Shree Radha RasBihari Ashta Sakhi Mandir and it is home to the divine Rasa Lila of Lord Krishna and Radharani. It is located in close proximity to the Shri Banke Behari Mandir. Legend has it that the Shree Radha Rasa Behari Ashta Sakhi Mandir is one of the two places in Mathura, Vrindavan where the Lord Krishna actually indulges in the Rasa Lila with his beloved Radha and her sakhis. On these nights, devotees have reported hearing the sound of the anklets, beating in tune to a divine melody. The distance of Ashta Sakhi Mandir Ji from Ashram is about 3.50 KM

Garud Govind Temple

Garud Govind Temple is located on the turn of NH-2 to Vrindavan in Chhatikara village. This temple is one of the most ancient temples of the Brij and according to purans, main deity was incarnated by great grandson of lord Krishna, shri Bajranabh ji after the order of his Kulguru shri Gargachary. This is also one of the rarest temples of Garud ji, which is famous for ‘Kalsarp Anushthan’. The distance of Garud Govind Mandir  from Ashram is about 13.50 KM

Prem Mandir

Prem Mandir is the most beautiful and clean, religious and spiritual complex situated on a 54-acre site on the outskirts of Vrindavan, is one of the newest temples dedicated to Divine Love. The temple structure was established by spiritual guru Kripalu Maharaj. The main structure built in marble looks incredibly beautiful and is an educational monument that reflects the true history of Sanatana Dharma. Figures of Shri Krishna and his followers depicting important events surrounding the Lord’s existence cover the main temple. The distance of Prem Mandir from Ashram is about 7.50 KM

Maa Veshno Devi Mandir

The Goddess, Maa Viashno devi is one of the leading goddesses of the Indian Pantheon, which has a following of over a 1 Billion (Hindus) across the world. It is with the supreme devotion towards Maa Vaishno in the mind that this statue has been created. Jay Kay Trust, headed by its Managing Trustee Sh. J C Chaudhry, runs the Ashram and Temple. Creation of this grand shrine is to enable access of Maa Vaishno’s darshan to millions of her disciples in the entire north of India. The beauty and galore of the Ashram does not stop at the famous Maa Vaishno’s Murti. The Ashram houses beautiful Statues, Temple, Dharamshalas (Guesthouses), Langar hall, Yoga & Meditation Halls, etc. for the comfort and devotion of its followers. Sh Chaudhry has created this distinct monument with clean and virtuous objectives of providing goddess Vaishno’s disciples a place where they can not only come and worship their deity but also experience a supernal aura of calmness, full of an incredible mix of elements which makes the visit to this holy shrine a fulfilling episode.The distance of Maa Viashno devi  from Ashram is about 10.50 KM

NIDHI VAN 

Radhika’s Kridasthali, the playground of Krishna’s consort, it is a place of Hindu veneration. The image of Bihariji was discovered by Swami Haridas Ji.The distance of NIDHI VAN from Ashram is about 2.50 KM