Vrindavan, which is 15 km away from
Mathura, is the forest land where Lord Krishna used to play with his beloved
Radha and her friends. The name Vrindavan evokes the playfulness and lovable
characteristics of Shri Krishna. This is the wood where he ran around the
gopis and tenderly wooed Radha.
Vindavan lies in the land of Braj bhoomi along with Mathura, Govardhan and
Gokul. In todays scenario visitors can see only the remains of the sacred
jungle in the walled Nidhi Van along with the Rangaji temple and the ISKON
The sacred town of the Hindu's lies in the state of Uttar Pradesh on the
banks of the river Yamuna adjacent to the town of Mathura. Vrindaban is
believed to be the ancient birth place and playground of Lord Krishna, hence
considered as one of the holiest places of India.
Vrindavan has a similar climate as that of Mathura and is hot in summers,
with day temperatures going up to 45° Centigrade while winters are
comfortable at 12°C. The best time to visit the place is between
October to March.
Ananda Dham -
The Ananda Dham Gaudiya Ashramis known as
the transcendental place of devotion and love. It is the abode of Bhagwan
Shri Krishna's leisure times unattainable even for the demi gods.
Austerities, Spiritual practices are its different manifestations. The
ashram's principles are based on the philosophy of the four main pillars of
the Indian culture, Brahmacharya, Griyastha,Vanaprasth and Sannyas. The Dham
is a unique juxtaposition of these four vedic cultures.
Radha Govinda Temple -
The Radha Govinda temple was
built by a sanyasi disciple, Rupa Goswami. When the sanyasi saw a cow atop a
hill freely pouring milk from her udders unattended, he understood the
significance of the place and soon digged the spot. While digging the
Vrijabasis or the residents found a Govinda deity worshipped some 5000 years
ago by Lord Krishna's grandson, Vajranabha. Then finally with the help of
Man Singh, Rupa Goswami erected a 7 storey red stone temple with intricate
carvings having a golden dome of 72 ft tall.
Neem Karoli Baba Vrindavan Ashram -
Located in the
plains near the Panikrama Marg, the first temple was inaugurated in the year
1967. Within this ashram is the Mahasamadhi Mandir of Neen Karoli Baba. A
recent addition of the statue of Ram -Sita, Laxman,Hanuman and a exclusive
garden has given the place a unique charm. Various bhandaras an Kirtans or
holy prayers are to be heard in the evening hours.
Madan Mohan Temple -
Built by Kapur Ram Das of Multan it
is situated near the Kali Ghat. Counted among the oldest temples in
Vrindavan, the temple is closely associated with the saint Chaitanya. The
original idol of Lord Madan Gopal was shifted from the shrine to Karauli in
Rajasthan for safe keeping during Aurangzeb's rule. Today, a replica of the
image is worshiped at the temple.
Krishna Balarama Mandir -
This exquisitely built marble
temple was constructed twenty years ago to worship the Deities of
Gaura-Nitai, Krishna Balarama and Radha-Syamasundara. In front of the temple
is the Samadhi Mandir of Srila Prabhupada. This is where his body was laid
to rest after he passed away in 1977. His house has been turned into a
museum. There is also a guest house, restaurant, gurukula and goshalla.