Vrindavan is a city of temples. there are many temples. We are providing details of some important temple like Bankey Bihari, Nidhivan, Radhavallabh, Radha Damodar, Madan Mohan, Seva Kunj, Rang nath temple etc…
Swami Haridas ji used to pray God in Nidhivan. Nidhivan is the place where Swami haridas ji got bankey bihari ji appeared. there are the samadhis of Swami haridas, Jagannath and Vitthal Vipul. It is believed that Bihari ji comes here and play Ras Lila with Radha rani and Gopies. In modern age Nidhivan still introduces the ancient look of Vrindavan.
Radha Vallabh Mandir:
it is the one of famous temple of vrindavan. Radha vallabh was Discovered by Shri Hit harivansh. it is said “radha vallabh darshan durlabh”. Bhog prasad is cooked by Goswami only of this temple. the ‘khichdi mahotsav’ is very famous. Birth of Radha ji is celebrated with pomp and show. The Shrine was demolished in the 17th century.
The Seva Kunj is where Lord Krishna once performed the Raaslila with Radha-Rani decorating her hair with flowers and her lotus feet. Radha and Krishna would sometimes spend the night here, dancing with the gopis and enjoying transcendental pastimes. There is also a small temple dedicated to Radha and Krishna’s pastimes called Rang Mahal.
Radha Damodar Mandir:
This is one of the most important temples in Vrindavan. 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. Formerly this spot was in the middle of Seva-kunja and it was the bhajana (where he sang devotional songs) place of Rupa Gosvami.
Radha Raman Temple:
Gopal Bhatta Goswami established this temple. The Deity of Sri Radha-Raman was manifested from one of Gopal Bhatta Goswami’s shalagram-shilas on the full moon day of Vaisakha (April/ May) in 1542. This event is celebrated every year (May) by bathing the Deity with 1000 litres of milk and other auspicious items. The remnants of this abhiseka (bathing) are like nectar. Gopal Bhatta Goswami’s other shalagram-shilas are worshiped on the altar here. The appearance place of the Sri Radha-Raman Deity is next to the temple. Radha-Ramanji is one of the few original Deities of the Goswami’s still in Vrindabana. The standard of worship in this temple is very high.
The Shahji Temple, another popular temple at Vrindavan, was designed and built in 1960 by a wealthy jeweller, 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.
Vrindavan ‘s longest temple, it was constructed in 1851 by Seth Govind Das ji & Seth Laxmi Chand Ji. All were desciples of Acharyavarya Rangdeshie Swami where as the main gate is in Rajput style , The temple follows South Indian architectural pattern . The outer wall measure 773 Ft. and encompass a water tank , a garden and the actual temple . The “Dhweja Stambha ” , 50 ft. tall , is believed to be gold plated.
Madan Mohan Temple:
The Madan Mohan Temple located near the Kali Ghat which was built by Kapur Ram Das of Multan. This is the oldest existent temple in Vrindavan today. 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 worshipped at the temple.
Govind Dev Temple:
Built by Raja Man singh of Jaipur in 1590, The temple is a testimony of the architectural splendour of medieval India. The temple walls average 10 ft. thickness. The upper state is regular triforium. Originally seven stories high, it’s upper four stories were destroyed during the reign of Aurangzeb. The Krishna idol was then removed to Jaipur.
Krishna Balram Mandir (ISKCON VRINDAVAN):
Built by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), it is one of the most beautiful temples in Vrindavan. The principal deities of this temple are Krishna, his brother Balram and Radha (Krishna’s consort.) Adjoining the temple is the samadhi of Shri Prabhupada, the founder of the ISKCON sect, built in pure white marble. Hare Krishna devotees from all around the world flock here, bringing a truly international flavour to this ancient holy city.
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 Vrindavan. An arati (prayer with lamps) to Yamuna Devi is held here every evening.