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National River Ganga and Yamuna Granted  Legal Personhood

The High Court of the state of Uttarakhand in northern India has ruled that the National River Ganga and Yamuna are now entitled to the right of healthy life as human living entities.  This ruling comes not a moment too soon to protect the sacred rivers from further pollution and ecological degradation.

Ganga and Yamuna are legal personalities

Background of National River Ganga and Yamuna

For decades, millions of Hindus from around the world have expressed outrage that their sacred National River Ganga and Yamuna have been defiled by industries, municipalities and people without adequate protection from the government of India. Now the monumental task of restoring the rivers to a healthy condition can begin with the support of the government.

From Worship to Environmental Disaster

Since ancient times, the two rivers known to Hindus as Ganga Maa and Yamuna Maa have been worshipped by people from around the world who seek purification and liberation of their souls by bathing in their sacred waters.

Ganga and Yamuna are legal personalities

Today, in spite of the horribly contaminated physical state of the water in many places, devout Hindus can be seen immersing themselves in the rivers because scripture declares that the Ganga and Yamuna are absolutely, spiritually pure. We have found more information on Ganges river published on Visitmayapur.in.

National River Ganga has become an urgent social, political and economical issue

However, when millions of people’s health and livelihood has been acutely degraded to the point where life itself becomes jeopardized, it is time for political and legal action. Granting the status of human living entities to the rivers gives a tremendous boost to many environmental groups and popular movements who have been working tirelessly for years to save the holy national river Ganga and Yamuna.

Ganga and Yamuna are legal personalities

National River Ganga and Yamuna are legal personalities

The court’s order allows complaints to be lodged in the name of the two rivers. It also gives stronger authority to the Namami Gange Project to set up boards for cleaning and maintaining the rivers.

Namami Gange is an ambitious initiative by Prime Minister Modi’s government to clean up and preserve the Ganges.  Uttarakhand justices Rajeev Sharma and Alok Singh have designated the director general of the Namami Gange Project, the Uttarakhand chief secretary and advocate general the right to represent the Ganges. Recently the Central Pollution Control Board identified 1,000 industries responsible for polluting the Ganges.

The Union water resources ministry under the Namami Gange project has undertaken a special mission to conduct inspections of those industries to see if they are complying with the norms for treating industrial effluents before releasing them into the river.

Don’t forget the Yamuna River

In the twin cities of Mathura and Vrindavan, holy cities with many shrines and temples located on the banks of the Yamuna, the river has been severely contaminated by sewage and industrial pollution pouring in from Delhi.

Ganga and Yamuna are legal personalities

VrindavanActNow.org is one of several non-profit organizations that has been working on a grassroots level with the local population, municipalities and foreign volunteers to clean up the Yamuna river. For more information please read the article Save the Yamuna River.

The organization is elated to hear about the court ruling, but its members understand that the hard work to change the hearts and minds of everyday people continues. A spokesperson for the organization said,

“We welcome the initiatives of the government to crack down on more than 1000 industrial companies and thousands of small towns and villages that allow chemical pollutants and untreated sewage to enter the rivers, but we must continue to raise awareness among the general population about the harmful practice of throwing plastic and other trash into the river. There is so much work to be done to educate the people and convince them that we all must hold ourselves accountable for the ecological integrity of the river.”

 

Conclusion on legal issue of National River Ganga and Yamuna

It is significant that the high court issuing the ruling is located in the Northern Indian state of Uttarakhand where the source of the rivers is found. The mountain villages of Gangotri and Yamunotri are very sacred places where millions of Hindus go on pilgrimage every year to bathe in the icy, pure water.

The Uttarakhand court drew upon the judicial precedent of a similar New Zealand court order granting human living entity status to the Whanganui River, sacred to the ancestral Maori tribe.

With these two court orders, according to which National River Ganga and Yamuna are legal personalities, there is hope that governments around the world will realize that Mother Nature herself with her mountains, earth, air and waters is a living entity deserving of human rights to a healthful, pure existence.

Braj Darshan in Braj Mandal

This article offers a wealth of information about exploring Braj Darshan, the spiritual significance of Braj Mandal and its main pilgrimage sites.

Braj Mandal or Land of Krishna, is a large territory (3800 square km) comprised of many significant historical and cultural sites important to Krishna devotees and Hindus from around the world. The term Braj Darshan refers to the devotional activity of pilgrimage to honor and glorify the holy sites of Braj.

Every year millions of people visit the most important sites where Lord Krishna, his divine consort Srimati Radharani and their associates spent their youth over 5000 years ago.

In addition to the important sites mentioned in the articles, Places to Visit in Vrindavan and Places to Visit in Mathura, it is definitely worth the time and effort to visit some of the holy places in greater Braj Mandal.

#1 Braj Darshan sites in Braj Mandal: Braj Bhumi

Braj Bhumi refers to the land where Lord Krishna enjoyed his youthful pastimes. These events are described in detail in the sacred Hindu epics Srimad Bhagavatam, Mahabharata and Vishnu Puranas among others.

Braj Bhumi Braj Darshan in Braj Mandal

According to these epics, Braj Bhumi is a pastoral land of farms, meadows, forests, lakes, rivers and hills. It is here that Krishna tended his beloved cows and entertained the residents of Braj with his mischievous antics, amorous adventures and heroic feats.

Today, you can visit the sites of Krishna’s pastimes in many small towns and villages where the various moods and sentiments surrounding the Lord’s activities are kept alive by the local inhabitants.

Braj Bhumi can be divided into two distinct territories. On the eastern side of the Yamuna River lie the towns of Gokul/Mahavan, Baldeo and Raman Reti. On the western side are the famous twin cities of Mathura and Vrindavan and the picturesque towns of Govardhan, Barsana, Nandgaon.

#2 Braj Darshan sites: Gokul and Mahavan

The twin towns of Gokul and Mahavan (meaning: abode of cows and large forest) comprise one of the 12 major forests of Braj Bhumi.

Mahavan and Gokul in Braj Mandal

Gokul is where Krishna’s foster parents, Yashoda and Nandana raised him among cowherd boys and cow maidens. The original abode of Krishna’s foster parents is still there in Mahavan.

Krishna also performed his heroic pastimes of killing demons Putana, Trinavarta and Shakatasura, sent by his wicked uncle Kamsa, in the forest of Mahavan.

There are many temples worth visiting such as the Gokulnath temple, Vithalnath temple, Dauji Temple, Madan Mohan temple, Dwarikanath temple, Balkrishna temple, Raj Thakur temple, Gopal lalji temple and Morwala temple.

In Mahavan the impressive Mathura Nathji temple and the Chaurashi khambha temple built in Buddhist architectural style are worth visiting along with other important shrines such as the Shyamlalji temple, Yogmaya temple, Tranairatri temple and the Mahamall Raiji’s palace.

 

#3 Braj Darshan sites: Baldeo

The town derives its name from the famous Dauji temple dedicated to Balaram, the elder brother of Lord Krishna. The main deity of the inner sanctum is that of Baldeo with his spouse Revati.

Baldeo Braj Mandal

Nearby is Kshir Sagar or Balabhadra Kund, an 80 square meter sacred bathing site. Legend has it that the holy man Gosain Gokulnath was told by God in his dream about the deity of Lord Baldeo being concealed in the kund. Indeed a large beautiful deity about 7 feet high made of black stone was discovered there.

This deity of Balaram is believed to have been established by King Vajranabh about 5000 years ago. During the course of time the deity was lost and the Pratibhu Vigraha (replica) of the original deity is now worshipped in the Dauji temple.

Dauji is famous for its Holi celebrations known by the name of Huranga where devotees from all over the world come to play colours with Lord Dauji (Balaram).

#4 Braj Darshan sites: Raman Reti

This sacred pilgrimage site contains the sand (reti) in which baby Krishna played with his brother Balaram and his cowherd friends. It is also the secret meeting place of Lord Krishna and his consort Srimati Radharani.

Raman Reti Braj Mandal

Due to its divine heritage, many saints have performed their spiritual practices here, including Kashni Guru Samanandaji who built a beautiful ashram at this site.

The small shrine Rangbihari ji is also found here. It was established for worship by a pious saint Sri Gyandas Ji Maharaj who performed his severe austerities for the blessings of Lord Krishna while fasting at this sacred place of Raman reti.

#5 Braj Darshan sites: Govardhan parikrama

The sacred hill Govardhan is one of most revered pilgrimage destinations in Braj Mandal. The 8 km long narrow sandstone rock formation was lifted by Lord Krishna to shield the inhabitants of Braj from the torrential rains unleashed by Lord Indra.

Govardhana Braj Mandal

During the month of Kartik (October/November) an elaborate festival Govardhan Puja is celebrated to commemorate the lifting of the the Govardhan Hill.

Thousands of devotees partake in the Govardhan Parikrama, 23 kilometer circumambulation of the hill. In the town of Govardhan the Danghati Temple and Ganga Manasa sacred bathing tank are worth visiting.

#6 Braj Darshan sites: Kusum Sarovar

The sacred bathing site, Kusuma Sarovara is located on the outskirts of Govardhan. The large ceramic pool is set against a backdrop of exotic palatial buildings carved from sandstone.

Kusum Sarovar Braj Mandal

The splendid structures were built in the 18th century by Javahir Singh in memory of his father, the Jat king Suraj Mal. The exquisite central mausoleum contains a replica of Sri Krishna and Srimati Radharani’s lotus feet.

The ceilings are adorned with beautiful frescoes of Radha and Krishna’s pastimes as well as famous scenes from the history of the royal family. Lord Chaitanya, the divine incarnation of Radha and Krishna also bathed here in the 16th century.

It is believed that anyone who bathes here desiring to obtain pure love of Lord Krishna will attain prema bhakti (loving devotion to God) and witness the eightfold pastimes of Sri Radha and Sri Krishna.

#6 Braj Darshan sites: Barsana

This picturesque town with its beautiful temples scattered over verdant hills is one of the most popular destinations in Braj Bhumi.

Barsana Braj Mandal

While Mathura is birthplace of Lord Krishna, Barsana is the birthplace and childhood abode of Lord Krishna’s beloved consort Srimati Radharani. Her father King Vrshabhanu founded the holy town and built a beautiful palace called Vrshabhanugarh.

There are several other important temples and holy sites to visit here located on the peaks of the Brahma and Vishnu hills.

Radharani’s birthplace known as Ladliji Temple as well as Prem Sarovar bathing site. Radha and Krishna first met at this place, Both are must-see places.

Other attractions include Man Mandir, Mor Kutir Temple, Rup Sagar, Jal Mahal and Sankari-khar. Barsana is also famous for its uniquely colorful Lathmar Holi celebrations.

#6 Braj Darshan sites: Nandgaon

Nandgaon is named after Lord Krishna’s foster father, Nandanda. He established a permanent residence here with Mother Yashoda and baby Krishna after escaping from the disturbances caused by Krishna’s wicked Uncle Kamsa in Gokul.

Devotees during Holi Festival in Nandgao Braj Mandal
Devotees during Holi Festival in Nandgao Braj Mandal

The village of Nandagaon is located at the top of Nandisvar Hill named after Lord Shiva who is believed to reside in the hill. Being the topmost devotee of Lord Krishna, Shiva prayed to his Lord for the opportunity to eternally witness His endearing youthful pastimes in Nandgaon.

Pleased by Shiva’s prayers, Krishna granted his wishes by allowing Shiva to reside in the hill where he can observe the transcendental, boyhood pastimes of Lord Krishna. There are several temples and shrines to Lord Krishna that one can visit in Nandagaon.

The hilltop temple Nandai, shrines to Narashinga, Gopinath, Nritya Gopal, Giridhari and Nand Nandan are all within walking distance in this peaceful, rustic village.

Also not to be missed are Pan Sarovar lake where Krishna watered his cowherd, Yashoda Nandan temple and Kadamb Kunj gardens, holy sites dedicated to commemorating Krishna’s transcendental pastimes.

Conclusion about Braj Darshan

Visiting the holy sites scattered widely throughout Braj Mandal, is considered a spiritual activity or pilgrimage undertaken by Krishna devotees from around the world.

The numerous sacred places where Radha and Krishna performed their childhood pastimes are alive today with their divine spiritual energy.

If we are fortunate enough to visit some of the holy places in Braj Bhumi, we may develop a deep appreciation for the cultural and spiritual heritage of the Land of Krishna. This is truly a unique opportunity for spiritual advancement in one of India’s most sacred areas.

 

Birthplace of Lord Krishna – Shri Krishna Janmabhumi

Less than 150 kilometers from Delhi on the bank of Yamuna river lies one the most sacred sites in all of India, the Birthplace of Lord Krishna, Sri Krishna Janmabhumi. More than a mere tourist attraction, Krishna Janmabhumi is a major destination for Krishna devotees and pilgrims from around the world who come here to worship their beloved Lord.  

Birthplace of Lord Krishna

Among many historical and cultural sites, the magnificent temple complex is the major attraction of the twin cities of Mathura and Vrindavan. Please go to Places to Visit in Mathura and Places to Visit in Vrindavan for more information on the most popular destinations in the area.

Story of Krishna’s Birth

The story of Krishna’s birth is a classic tale of good triumphing over evil. Many thousands of years ago, Mother Earth implored the God of Creation Lord Brahma to summon the Supreme Lord Vishnu to descend to this distressed planet in order to restore religious principles to a warring civilization.

Vishnu arranged to have demigods come down from their heavenly planets to incarnate as the humans who would welcome Him into this world in the form of baby Krishna, the Supreme Personality of God.

Story of Krishna’s Birth

So it came to be that Mother Devaki and Father Vasudeva were expecting the Lord to appear as their child while imprisoned in the kingdom of Devaki’s evil brother, Kamsa. When it became revealed to Kamsa that the 8th child of his sister would kill him, he vowed to kill all of her offspring.

Because he is the Supreme Personality of God, Krishna even as a tiny baby used his divine powers to escape the wrath of Kamsa and make his way to safety in the home of his foster parents, Mother Yasoda and Father Nandana. Eventually Lord Krishna would return to Mathura to kill King Kamsa and restore order to the kingdom.

Time and Place of Krishna’s Birth

Krishna’s divine appearance took place in the city of Mathura, in the prison of King Kamsa, the brother of Krishna’s mother Devaki.

According to scriptural references, this all took place on July 18th, 3228 BCE, or 5245 years ago. This was during period of great turmoil, preceding the outbreak of a devastating war among two great warrior families.

Story of Shri Krishna Janmabhumi Temple

The site of the Krishna Janmabhumi Temple complex is around the area of King Kamsa’s prison, in which Krishna appeared as the son of Mother Devaki.  The first temple to appear at this site was built by Lord Krishna’s great grandson Vajranabha, one of the last surviving members of the Yadu dynasty.

After the devastating war at Kurukshetra, he became King of Mathura where he established several shrines to house deities of Lord Krishna. One of them was built around the present site of the Krishna Janmabhumi Temple. Subsequently over several millennia, numerous temples have been destroyed and rebuilt at this site.

The most beautiful temple was built in 400 CE by the benevolent Gupta Emperor Vikramaditya, but that was destroyed in 1017 by Mahmud of Ghazni. In 1150, the third temple was built by Jajja during the reign of Raja Dhrupet Dev Janjuja, the Emperor of Mathura.

Lord Chaitanya, the Bengali saint responsible for establishing the Hare Krishna movement worshipped here in the 16th century before it was destroyed by the Islamic Sultanate of Delhi, Sikandar Lodhi. Again the temple was rebuilt as the Keshav Deo temple in the 17th century only to be destroyed by the Mughal ruler Aurangzeb, who was notorious for desecrating many Hindu temples.

Shri Krishna Janmabhumi Temple

After British rule began in 1803, painstaking efforts went unfulfilled to rebuild the temple, until finally in 1951 the Shri Krishna Janmabhumi Trust was established. Construction of the present temple began in 1953 and was completed in 1982.

When to Visit Shri Krishna Janmabhumi

The appearance day of Lord Krishna, Shri Krishna Janmasthami  is the most important festival observed in Mathura. On this day, (8th day of the Krishnapaksha or dark fortnight in the Hindu month of Shravan August-September) thousands of Krishna devotees, pilgrims and tourists pour into Mathura to celebrate the appearance of their most beloved Lord.

If you don’t mind jostling among huge crowds, then this is truly a magical occasion to visit Shri Krishna Janmabhumi. Musical programs, drama performances and colorful displays as well as numerous religious services commemorating the appearance day of baby Krishna can be observed in many temples throughout Mathura.

If you prefer to experience the sacred sites of this spiritual center in a less frenzied atmosphere, try the months of February and March when the climate is ideal for sightseeing and walking around the city.

Conclusion of the Birthplace of Lord Krishna

Shri Krishna Janmabhumi, the birthplace of Lord Krishna is a must-visit place because of its religious and historical significance.  It is considered to be one of the 7 holiest places in India as well as the main attraction in the city of Mathura.

Because it is located relatively close to the the Taj Mahal and Delhi, it should definitely be included on anyone’s itinerary of Northern India.

The rich cultural heritage of this spectacular site and the pure spiritual energy flowing through the place will make a lasting impression on anyone so fortunate to visit here.

 

Best hotels in Vrindavan with rates

We help you discover the best hotels in Vrindavan with rates. Braj Vrindavan Act Now! is listing here budget hotels, bargain rates & cheap deals, ashram stays and some luxury hotels in Vrindavan. List of hotels in Vrindavan with prices could be of big help during your stay at Vrindavan. Tip: help us to make Vrindavan clean and grean. Please do not leave any plastic in Vrindavan.

With your support, we will work to prevent natural disasters and incite an energy revolution; to protect and preserve our oceans and ancient forests; to keep genetically engineered ingredients out of our food and to create a peaceful and pollution-free future. Get involved.

Best hotels in Vrindavan with rates

We are receiving many requests from people who plan to visit Vrindavan. They search & compare hotel prices, read reviews & browse photos from different sites. Our list will be helpful for those who need place to stay in Vrindavan and want to experience real Vraja Bhoomi. Take advantage of hotel offers and find your ideal hotel deal here! Tip: check out Places to visit in Vrindavan.

Some facts about Vrindavan as tourism growth

Vrindavan went through tremendous change last 10 years. Not long time ago it was a sweet hindu holy village. Now it became a city with planty of hotels, temples, dharamshalas and ashrams.

It is a fact that Vrindavan is receiving a huge amount of visitors from all over the world. It is estimated that  about 35 million tourists are visiting Vrindavan annually. Of course most of them are pilgrims.  For that reason more and more hotels are offering their services.

Vrindavan is a Nagar Palika Parishad city in district of Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. The Vrindavan city is divided into 25 wards for which elections are held every 5 years.

The Vrindavan Nagar Palika Parishad has population of 63,005 of which 34,769 are males while 28,236 are females as per report released by Census India 2011.

Go on reading to know more about spiritual backgroung and history of Vrindavan.

Things you must consider while looking for hotels in Vrindavan

If you are a family of four then your needs will be different to a couple or single person.

We personally do believe we have a favourite hotel based on location. We might be all about convenience and there are some properties catering to this need better than others. We also factor in the ability to earn points from your stays so it makes your money work harder for you and of course the right price. Here are our top 5 properties in Vrindavan.

Hotels in Vrindavan with rates near Banke Bihari Temple

Hotel Krishnam

Raman Reti Marg,Opp.Fogla Ashram, 281121 Vrindāvan, India

Location

This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Vrindāvan!

It is 500 m from the popular Banke Bihari Temple and 1.5 km from the Prem Mandir.

Room Rates

Rooms are available from 2600 INR up to 4100 INR

One child from 6 to 12 years is charged INR 400 per night in an extra bed.

Hotel Krishnam Vrindavan room hotels in Vrindavan with rates

Hotel Krishnam Vrindavan

Each rooms are air-conditioned with a satellite TV, tea/coffee maker and a seating area. It also has a mini refrigerator. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with free toiletries.

Guest services

24-hour front desk, Tour desk and luggage storage, Ticket service, Currency exchange, Free WiFi

Parking

Free parking

Contact

Phone: 0565-6002021, 6002022, 9897378022, 9997378022

Web: http://www.hotelkrishnam.com/


Hotels in Vrindavan with rates near Prem Mandir Temple

Ananda Krishna Van

Near ISKCON temple, Madhuvan Colony, 281124 Vrindāvan, India

Location

The property is 400 m from Prem Mandir (Temple of Love). 800 m from Banke Bihari Temple,  5-minute walk to Isckon Temple, 1.8 km from Vrindavan Railway Station.

Room rates

Rooms are available 1800 INR one double bad, 2500 INR Family room with two single bads, one double bad, one sofa bed.

Ananda Krishna Van Vrindavan Hotel room

Ananda Krishna Van Vrindavan Hotel

The air-conditioned apartments feature a satellite TV, seating area and wardrobe. It includes a refrigerator. Private bathroom comes with free toiletries and a shower.

Guest service

24-hour front desk, ticket service, currency exchange, Tour desk, Family rooms, Children playground. Guests can learn yoga, meditate or go for a herbal beauty treatment at the Ayurvedic centre. Massage services are also available.

Ananda Bhoj Restaurant serves only vegetarian dishes cooked in Indian and Chinese style.

No internet access available.

Parking

Free public parking is possible on site

Contact

Phone: +91-9927061068, +91-9690202000 ,+91-565-2540878

Web: http://anandakrishnavan.com


 

Anamsa Residency

Anamsa Vaas, Chhatikara Road, Vrindavan – 281121, Opposite Prem Mandir

Location

300 meters freom Prem Mandir, 700 meters from Isckon Temple. This hotel is built in 2016.

Room rates

Rooms are avaible 1300 INR double bad room, 2450 INR Family with 2 large double beds

Anamsa Residency hotel Vrindavan room

Anamsa Residency hotel Vrindavan

All rooms are equipped with a TV, private bathroom fitted with a bath, air condition.

Guest service

24-hour front desk, Tour desk, Lift, Daily maid service, Free WiFi in each rooms.

Car hire is available at this hotel and the area is popular for cycling.

Parking

Free parking on site

Contact

Phone: +(91)-8476010111 , +(91)-9756412459

Web: Booking


 

Kridha Residency – a Boutique Hotel

Bhaktivedanta Swami Marg, Opp. Prem Mandir Vrindavan

Mathura, INDIA 281121

 

Location

Walking distance from Prem Mandir, ISKCON Temple; & few others

2 minutes drive from Mata Vaishno Devi Ashram/ Kirpalu Maharaj Prem Mandir/ Akshya Patra

5 minutes drive to Sri Bankey Bihariji temple/ Garud Govind Ji/ Radha Vallabh Madan Mohan/ Katyani Devi/ Rangji Mandir.

Room rates

Rooms are avaible from 3500 INR king size with private balcony to 20000 INR for 5 bedroom villa with private kitchen.

Kridha Residency Vrindavan hotel

Kridha Residency Vrindavan hotel room

Our all are rooms furnished with Air-condition; 32 inch LCD TV; Safety Lockers; Writing desk & soft mini bar with refrigerator.

Guest Services

24*7 Power back up with Hot & Cold Water, Gymnasium & Beauty Salon, Yoga Café cum Coffee Shop, 100% Pure vegetarian multi cuisine specialty Restaurant, Laundry & Ironing service, Travel and Tour planner desk, ART Gallery, Wi-fi and Computer usage available. All major credit cards accepted.

Parking

Free spacious car parking facility in front of room and outside

Contact

Phone: +91 11-23737430, +91 11-43509888

Web: http://kridharesidency.com


Shri Shyam Sheba Ashram

near agrawal satsang bhawan beharig road attala chungi vrindaban, 281121 Vrindāvan,

Location

Walking distence from Vrindavan Parikrama Marg, 1 km from Isckon Temple, 1 km from Bankey Bihar Temple, 1.5 km from Keshi Gathc.

Room rates

Standard double room with shared bathroom it’s only 800 INR.

Shri Shyam Sheba Ashram room vrindavan

Also has air conditioning and some room has balcony with city view. Staff speak english

Guest service

24 hour front desk, laundry, airport shuttle(surcharge), maid service, no internet, online booking

Parking

Free parking

Contact

Click for booking

 


Hotel Vrinda Palace

Near by Prem Mandir, Caitanya Vihar Phase-2 281001 Vrindavan

Location

Only 1 km from Isckon Temlple and Prem Mandir

Room rates

Room rates are starting from 1000 INR.

Hotel Vrinda Palace Vrindavan

Hotel Vrinda Palace Vrindavan interior

This hotel has 40 rooms each room comes with private bathroom, air condition, Tv.

Guest service

24 hour front desk, ticket service, currency exchange, lockers, luggage storage, and free wifi. Onsite restaurant serves Indian delicacies. Easy booking online.

Parking

Free parking

Contact

Click for booking


Janardan Palace

100 Ft. Road, Chaitanya Vihar Phase 1, Near Prem Mandir, 281121 Vrindāvan, India

Location

Right beside Caitanya Vihar Park. Walking distence from Isckon Temple and Prem Mandir

Room rates

Deluxe double bad from 1200 INR

hotel Janardan Palece vrindavan room rates

hotel Janardan Palece vrindavan

Each room comes with private bathroom, air conditioning, fan, marble floor.

Guest service

24 hour desk service, laundry and ironing service, room service, breakfast in room, special diet menus on request. Free wifi in public areas.

Parking

Free parking

Contact

Phone: +91 7055570570,+91 9359745828, 0565-2540247

Web: http://www.janardanpalace.com


Ashram in Vrindavan with rates near Ranganath temple

Vrinda Kunja Ashram

Near Gopeshwar Mahadev temple.

LOCATION

Walking distence from historical places like Gopeshwar temple, Vansi Vat, Ranganath Temple, Govindaji Mandir and only 10-15 min walking from Kesi Ghat. Find out more on our Vrindavan temple list.

They have very nice rooms in Mayapur, West Bengal as well. Treehouses and riverside rooms on the bank of Ganges.

ROOM RATES

Traditional ashram standard double room with shared bathroom.  It’s only 700 INR.

Vrinda Kunja ashram room for stay in Vrindavan

Staff speak English, Hindi, Spanish

GUEST SERVICE

24 hour front desk, laundry, airport shuttle(surcharge), limited internet available, traditional ashram life experience. Guests may join different volunter programs as well.

PARKING

Due to narrow streets no parking in front of the ashram.

CONTACT

Phone: +919927888664 or +91 9690274444 – We speak Englsih and Spanish.

Web: Click for booking a room

 

 

Places to Visit in Mathura

Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna is one of the holiest cities in India and a popular destination for pilgrims and tourists from around the world. After learning some historical and geographical facts about this fascinating city, you will find out about the best places to visit in Mathura.

Best Places to visit in Mathura

Places to Visit in Mathura

The must-see birthplace of Lord Krishna (Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi), the famous Dwarkadhish Temple, the Government Museum, the Elephant Conservation and Care Center and the Shri Kesavji Gaudiya Math temple and the popular Vishram Ghat located on the banks of the holy Yamuna River.

To find out more about efforts to clean up the Yamuna, please go to Save the Yamuna River. While in Mathura, it is strongly recommended to make the short trip to enchanting Vrindavan, the medieval city of 5000 temples. For more information about Vrindavan please read Places to Visit in Vrindavan.

Brief History of Mathura

The ancient history of Mathura is related to history of Vrindavan. It begins with the famous Ikshwaku prince Shatrughna, who according to the oldest Indian epic Ramayana, killed the demon Lavanasura before claiming the land. Afterwards the place took the name Madhuvan due to its thick forest, then Madhupura and eventually came to be known by its present name, Mathura.

Brief history of Mathura

Of course the greatest event in the history of Mathura took place about 5000 years ago, when Lord Krishna took birth from Mother Devaki in her evil brother Kamsa’s prison. Later in the 6th century BCE, Mathura became the capital city of the Surasena Mahajanapada, one of the 16 kingdoms of ancient India lasting for several hundred years during the Iron Age. Later on in the 4th century CE, Mathura became an important center of Buddhism, containing 20 Buddhist monasteries as well as 5 brahmanical temples.

The tranquility of this holy city was severely disrupted by the spread of Islam into the region beginning in the 11th century CE when the city was sacked and many of its temples destroyed by Mahmud of Ghazni in 1018 and again by Sikandar Lodhi, who ruled the Sultanate of Delhi from 1489 to 1517. Sikander Lodhi was known as the ‘Butt Shikan’, the ‘Destroyer of Hindu deities’.

The Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, another ruler notorious for destroying ancient Indian holy sites in the 17th century, built the city’s Jami Masjid (Friday mosque) on top of a sacred Hindu temple. In the middle of the 18th century, Mughal rule in northern India was defeated by the Maratha Empire and eventually Mathura reclaimed its Hindu heritage. Since then, Mathura has firmly reestablished its ancestral legacy as the birthplace of Lord Krishna.

Mathura City Facts

The city of Mathura, like many Indian cities, is densely populated with about 450,000 inhabitants. It is the administrative centre of Mathura District of Uttar Pradesh.

Mathura has been chosen as one of the heritage cities for HRIDAY – Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme by the government of India. Mathura has large population of Jat (armed resisters of Mughal rule)and Yadav (descendants in the lineage of Lord Krishna) in rural areas, and Brahmins and Baniyas (Nepalese caste) in urban areas.

A dialect of Hindi known as Brajbhasa is widely spoken in Mathura. The main industrial activity centers around the Mathura Refinery, one of the largest oil refineries in Asia.  The other major industries in Mathura are textile printing, which includes both sari-printing and fabric dyeing and silver ornaments manufacturing.

Proximity of Mathura to Delhi and Agra

Mathura is very conveniently located approximately 50 kilometres (31 mi) north of Agra (Taj Mahal), and 145 kilometres (90 mi) south-east of Delhi, making it easily accessible by bus, taxi or rail.

Mathura to Agra distance

The Yamuna Expressway now makes it possible to reach Mathura from Delhi by car in less than 3 hours, while the bus and train average close to 4 hours. To visit the Taj Mahal in Agra from Mathura, the quickest route is by train, about 45 minutes. Taxi and bus require 50 to 60 minutes.

Arrival at Mathura Railway Station

Of the four railway stations in Mathura, Mathura Junction is the main station linking the area with the north, south, and west regions of India. This busy station is within 5 kilometers of all the important places to visit in Mathura.

mathura railway station

Upon arrival at the Mathura Junction station you will have many options for making your way to your local destination: taxi, motor rickshaw, bicycle rickshaw, local bus, etc. The fastest and most economical transportation within a 5 kilometer distance is motor rickshaw, which should cost no more than 150 rupees for 1 or 2 persons with luggage.

The drivers outside the station are very aggressive in gathering passengers, so please make sure to agree on a price before sitting in a vehicle and don’t be afraid to bargain for a reasonable fare!

Places to Visit in Mathura

Find the list of best places to visit in Mathura below: The birthplace of Lord Krishna (Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi), the famous Dwarkadhish Temple, the Government Museum, the Elephant Conservation and Care Center and the Shri Kesavji Gaudiya Math temple and the popular Vishram Ghat located on the banks of the holy Yamuna River.

Shri Krishna Janmabhumi

One of the most revered holy sites in India, Krishna Janmabhumi is located around the prison cell where Krishna was born after his parents were imprisoned by his evil uncle, Kansa, king of Mathura.

Shri Krishna Janmabhumi Mathura

The magnificent Krishna Janmashtam Temple complex is situated to the west of Mathura’s old city and is visited by pilgrims throughout the year, but especially during festival times, when many thousands of pilgrims congregate at this sacred site.

The original temple at Shri Krshna Janmabhumi was built by Vajranabha, grandson of Lord Krishna, then later rebuilt in the first century BCE by Vikramaditya, an exemplary ruler of ancient India.  The temple is said to have been destroyed and rebuilt 17 times in its history.

Today the temple is one of the most frequently visited temples in India, placing it at the top of the list of must-see places in Mathura.

Dwarkadhish Temple Mathura

Sri Dwarkadhish Mandir is one of the oldest and largest temples of Mathura city and considered a major and famous Hindu shrine of India.

Dwarkadhish Temple Mathura

The current structure was built up by Seth Gokul Das Parikh, the treasurer of the former Gwalior State (Scindia) in 1814. It was built for the famous Hindu deity of Lord Krishna called Dwarkadhish, meaning lord or king of Dwarka, (an ancient city of gold now submerged off the western coast of India) where Lord Krishna settled as an adult after leaving his boyhood pastimes in Vrindavan.

The main temple deity is Lord Dwarkadhish, an form of Lord Krishna opulently appearing in black marble named Dwarkanath. Beside him is the beautiful white marble deity of his beloved consort Srimati Radharani.

Vishram Ghat

The famous Vishram Ghat is the prominent bathing and worship site among 25 ghats situated near the Dwarkadhish Temple on the banks of the Yamuna River.

vishram ghat Mathura

It is here, that Lord Krishna took rest after annihilating his wicked uncle Kamsa, king of Mathura. For a truly awesome panoramic view of the ghats and temples of Mathura and Vrindavan, it is well worth taking the five-hour boat ride starting in Vrindavan and ending at Vishram Ghat. (For the return trip to Vrindavan, only land transport is possible.)

Government Museum Mathura

The Government Museum, established in 1874 by F.S. Growse, is a splendid archeological museum which serves as the main research facility for the study and preservation of Mathura’s extensive art heritage.

Government Museum Mathura

The octagonal, redstone museum building is itself an amazing architectural landmark in Mathura. It is most renowned for housing the Mathura School of sculptures dating from the 3rd century BCE to the 12th century CE including the largest collection of ancient Kushana sculptures as well as rare specimens from the Gupta Empire.

Elephant Conservation and Care Center, Mathura

The Wildlife SOS organization established the Elephant Conservation and Care Center as a major achievement of its 20-plus year movement to preserve and protect the natural heritage of India with a focus on forest and wildlife conservation.

Elephant Conservation and Care Center Mathura

This center is a safe haven and rehabilitation site for more than 20 elephants rescued from deplorable conditions of captivity, who were exploited for labor or entertainment purposes.

There are three daily tours available (with prior booking) lasting 2 hours, during which you can meet the elephants and help feed and bathe them.

Sri Keshavji Gaudiya Math

One of the more important temples in Mathura, the Sri Keshavji Gaudiya Math was built by the West Bengali Vaishnava spiritual leader Bhakti Prajnana Keshava Gosvami Maharaj in the mid 20th century.

keshavji gaudiya math mathura

It is an important center for the publication and distribution of literature and culture glorifying the advent and teachings of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the 16th century incarnation of Sri Sri Radha Krishna, responsible for initiating the Hare Krishna movement over 500 years ago.

The priests here are very accommodating to visitors coming to have the darshan of the beautiful temple deities, Sri Sri Radha Vinode Bihariji.

Don’t Miss Best Places To Visit In Mathura

Considering its proximity to Delhi and Agra, Mathura with its rich spiritual and cultural heritage, should not be left off your itinerary of Northern India.

Being the birthplace of the supremely beloved Lord Krishna, it is one of the 7 most important spiritual places in India, attracting millions of pilgrims and tourists every year.

While you are doing your research on places to visit in Mathura, do not miss the short jaunt over to charming Vrindavan is a definite must.

Famous Quotes On India

Ever inspiring 10 famous quotes on India with amazing images. Collection by famous authors, spiritual leaders and more. We believe in green India. Get inspired.

Positive thoughts, great advice and ideas from experts. For clean and green Vrindavan. Don’t ask why India is not clean. Be part of the solution and simply Clean India by sharing inspiring quotes.

Vrindavan is a historical holy site in India on the bank of Yamuna river. Don’t use plastic in Vrindavan Dham!

It is a good idea study the History of Vrindavan before you visit. Here you can find list of most interesting places to visit in Vrindavan.

1. Famous Quotes On India: Mark Twain

Famous Quotes On India: Mark Twain
Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), called “the Great American Novel”, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876).

“India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.” Mark Twain

2. Famous Quotes On India: H.D. Thoreau

1. Famous Quotes On India: Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) was an American essayist, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian.

“Whenever I have read any part of the Vedas, I have felt that some unearthly and unknown light illuminated me.” Henry David Thoreau

3. Famous Quotes On India: Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur

Famous Quotes On India: Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur
Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura (6 February 1874 – 1 January 1937), born Bimala Prasad Datta was a prominent guru and spiritual reformer of Gaudiya Vaishnavism in the early 20th century in India.

“Our main disease is to collect objects that are not related to Krishna.” Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura

4. Famous Quotes On India: M.K. Gandhi

Famous Quotes On India: M.K. Gandhi
M.K. Gandhi, byname of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (born October 2, 1869, Porbandar, India—died January 30, 1948, Delhi), Indian lawyer, politician, social activist, and writer who became the leader of the nationalist movement against the British rule of India.

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” M.K. Gandhi

5. Famous Quotes On India: Rabindranath Tagore

Famous Quotes On India: Rabindranath Tagore
Rabindranath Tagore, (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941) was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of Gitanjali and its “profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse”, he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.

“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” Rabindranath Tagore

6. Famous Quotes On India: Will Durant

Famous Quotes On India: Will Durant
Will Durant. William James Durant was a prolific American writer, historian, and philosopher. He is best known for the 11-volume The Story of Civilization, written in collaboration with his wife Ariel and published between 1935 and 1975.

“India will teach us the tolerance and gentleness of mature mind, understanding spirit and a unifying, pacifying love for all human beings.” Will Durant

7. Famous Quotes On India: Romain Rolland

Famous Quotes On India: Romain Rolland
Romain Rolland (29 January 1866 – 30 December 1944) was a French dramatist, novelist, essayist, art historian and mystic who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1915.

“If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India.” Romain Rolland

8. Famous Quotes On Water: Bhagavad-gita

Famous Quotes On Water: Bhagavad-gita
The Bhagavad Gita, often referred to as simply the Gita, is a 700-verse Hindu scripture in Sanskrit that is part of the Mahabharata.

“O son of Kuntī, I am the taste of water, the light of the sun and the moon, the syllable om in the Vedic mantras; I am the sound in ether and ability in man.” Bhagavad-gīta

9. Famous Quotes On India: Hanry David Thoreau

Famous Quotes On India: Hanry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau came in contact with India through Emerson’s library of erudite books. He influenced Thoreau with a certain enthusiasm for the Wisdom of India.

“The Mississippi, the Ganges, and the Nile,… the Rocky Mountains, the Himmaleh, and Mountains of the Moon, have a kind of personal importance in the annals of the world.” Hanry David Thoreau

10. Famous Quotes On India: Martin Luther King

Famous Quotes On India: Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King Jr. (born Michael King Jr., January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience.

‘‘To other countries I may go as a tourist, but to India I come as a pilgrim’’ Martin Luther King

 

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Clean India, Green Vrindavan

Struggeling for clean India and green Vrindavan, Braj Vrindavan Act Now! project releases new video. As Swami B.A. Paramadvaiti says, Vraj Mandal and Vrindavan is a place of Historical importance. If we go through History of Vrindavan we can understand the real importance of Vrindavan.

Lord Krishna was born here and had his beautiful childhood pastimes. He is the same Krishna who later spoke the famous Bhagavad-gita, the enlightening yoga book.

Bhagavad-gita is essential for all those who practice yoga and ayurveda and all different things which come from India. Vrindavan is on the bank of Yamuna river. You might like to read an article on precent situation of Yamuna river. Thank please read article titled Save Yamuna.

This Video is made to present the need to Clean India and clean, green Vrindavan. Speakers: Swami Vigyanand Ji, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati and Swam B.A. Paramadvaiti

Be ready to clean India and clean Vrindavan

Vrindavan is a place of international importance. It is a real World Heritage place. Vraj has shrines built by the kings. This is one of the reason why Vrindavan has so many temples. It is hard to decide which temple to visit. For that kind of perplexity we published article titled Places to Visit in Vrindavan.

Tha sages gave incredible lectures here. It should be taken care of.

All of the world representations of Vraj being started. There are so many Ashrams and temples all over the world. People want to come in Vrindavan. They want to see something like most important pilgrimage places of the world.

I would compare to Jerusalem and Mecca where the people are coming from so far. When people come to Vrindavan they should see the most beautiful place in the whole world. This we owe to Krishna, we owe to the Bhagavad-gita, we owe to Sanatan Dharma, and we owe to all people who come here with hope.

Clean India, Clean Vrindavan

Clean India green Vrindavan
Clean India means green Vrindavan. Krishna would be more then happy to walk through green forests of Vrindavan again.

„We need Vrindavan to be clean and green again. More than that. We need the whole nation to become Vrindavan. Lord Krishna love clean and green. He spent most of His time in the forests of Vrindavan. Let as make Vrindavan again clean and green. Krishna will love it. We must do it for Krishna. We all love Krishna. If you love Krishna let us do it. No question.” – Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati

Service to clean India and Sri Vindavan Dham

Vraj Vrindavan Now! Is an organization, a trust, which combines the efforts of our volunteers and our devotees who live here in Vrindavan with all the other friend of Vrindavan. Instead of asking Why India is not clean? be part of the solution. There is a big need for any particular help.

Why India Is Not Clean?

Since you are reading this article you obviously feel love towards India and its great culture. More than likely when you are walking in the streets of the cities of India or in the rural areas you see a lot of discarded rubbish. So you ask yourself why India is not clean?

Why India is not clean? do not litter!
You ask why India is not clean? Stop people littering!

You are not alone with this question about cleanliness in India. Some tourists say India smells badly and that our beloved sweet India is the dirtiest country. As they say they can’t understand why India is so dirty.

Why is India so polluted?

India has changed. The influence of the West is everywhere which brought with it a lot of hazardous material. For instance, oil, plastics and poisonous chemicals. Indians have been slow to realize the dangers of using these materials and are careless about disposal and the reuse of these materials.

 

All garbage is ending holy rivers. We should not allow that our rivers ar being poisoned. Just read this article about present situation of Yamuna river>> Save Yamuna

What are the reasons of pollution?

Cleanliness is important for personal care for all Indians. Can we say that it seems to be less important when it concerns the environment? People in India carelessly throw out trash and garbage instead of collecting them and carting them away.
There are companies to do this in the West paid by the District Government whose responsibility is collection and disposal of trash.
For this needs to be a cooperation between the state government and the local government. Ultimately the state government finances the trash removal from taxes they collect.

Can a spiritual background be a cause of pollution in India?

It was always important throughout the history of India that inner cleanliness go hand in hand with the environment. In ashrams the spiritual life is being practiced in such a high level. It would be strange to imagine that in an ashram they would not keep clean the premises and the outside area of the holy site. They emphasize the spiritual need of keeping all of India clean.

Can cultural habits answer why India is not clean?

Sometimes people bring up as excuse for being careless because their grandparents would throw their leave plates and one-use clay cups away. In course of short time this merges back in the nature.

Leave plates can be good solution to avoid littering.

This reasoning is completely illogical. Time has changed and we have to understand and make people aware of the environmental danger. In old days there were no plastic wrappers or Styrofoam items. These materials are extremely poisonous and may stay around for centuries.
As long as we really need to use plastic items we have to make sure that these are collected and taken to a place where they can be reused. As long as there is no such facility we have to have certain places where we can keep them safely.

It is everyone’s personal responsibility to keep India clean

We agree the responsibility of the state and the local governments, or big companies and enterprises to solve this problem but it’s not enough. We have to realize that there is a personal responsibility.

Don't ask why India is not clean. Do something and clean India!
Don’t ask why India is not clean. Do something against it! Both Mother Earth and you deserve clean India!

Every person should be made aware in educational facilities or at home of the importance of not littering. Also to be conscious enough to use less plastic in our daily life.
When we see trash anywhere we should not hesitate to take action. Do you think Gandhi Ji or Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhuapada would just simply step over it, especially while we are talking about holy places?

Conclusion: stop asking why India is not clean!

Do something instead of asking. You can become an activist, write an article or do what evre you can just do not complain.

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” M.K. Gandhi

Containers and dustbins has to be placed at intervals over people can throw their rubbish. Also don’t hesitate to pick up a discarded plastic object and throw it in the container as you walk and simply wash your hands afterwards.
Braj Vrindavan Act Now! is doing that. You can join the efforts and then you will not hear the question: why India is not clean? At least this is our dream.

 

 

Govind dev Temple of Vrindavan

One of North India’s most impressive temple buildings, the historic Govind dev Temple, masterfully constructed out of red sandstone, is a definite must-visit site in holy Vrindavan. Considered one of the most important temples in Vrindavan, Govind dev Temple has enjoyed great historical and spiritual significance for nearly 500 yearsVrindavan Temple List could be also helpful during your Vrindavan visit.

Govind Dev Temple of Vrindavan
Entrance of Govind Dev Temple in Vrindavan

History of Govind dev Temple of Vrindavan

Vrindavan was undergoing a spiritual and cultural renaissance throughout the history of Vrindavan. In the 16th century, a general under the Mughal ruler of India Akbar the Great, named Raja Man Singh of Jaipur began contruction on the seven-story structure in 1590 on the occasion of Akbar’s pilgrimmage visit to holy Vrindavan.

Govind Dev temple with beloved monkeys in Vrindavan

General Singh was inspired to build this temple wholely by the Bengali saint Srila Rupa Goswami, who excavated many sacred sites of Lord Krishna’s pastimes upon the request of his spiritual master Sri Krishna Chaitanya. According to historical writings, Rupa Goswami was mystically guided by boy Krishna himself to the spot where he uncovered the magnificent ancient deity that Krishna’s great grandson Vajranabha had created 4,500 years previously.

The miracle of discovering the deity demanded a glorious temple to house the Supreme Lord Govind dev ji. Thus no expense or labor was spared in constructing the magnificent temple which boasts exquisite ornamentation crafted from marble, silver and gold.

Govind dev Temple in Crisis

In 1669, due to the dangerous rise of Islamic fanaticism under the succeeding Mughal ruler Aurangzeb, the head priest of the Govinda dev Temple, Sri Shiva Ram Goswami, decided to move the divine holy deity in succession to various temples under the protection of the Amber ruler.

Soon thereafter, Aurangzeb’s soldiers horribly mutilated the Govind dev Temple in Vrindavan, dismantling all but 3 stories of the structure, destroying many of the beautiful carvings and desecrating the inner sanctum sanctorum.

The Govinda dev ji deity was finally enshrined in the Suraj Mahal of the Jaipur City Palace by Raja Sawai Jai Singh, the founder of the city in 1715. Today the Govind dev ji deity is worshipped daily 7 times by thousands at the same place, named the Govind dev ji Temple of Jaipur.

A Historical Event at Govind dev Temple Vrindavan

In October 1995, the World Vaishnava Association held their 3rd Annual Meeting at the historic Govind dev Temple in Vrindravan. This was a historical event because many dignified spiritual leaders came together to revitalize and unify the WVA which had been founded over a hundred years previously.

Govind Dev Ji temple Vrindavan

Over 500 Vaishnava devotees attended the 5-day meeting including 98-year old Srila B.P. Puri Maharaj whose divine address had a harmonizing influence on the entire event. This was the last opportunity to witness the gathering of so many pure Vaishnava devotees of the Lord in one place, the holy Govind dev Temple of Vrindavan.

Visiting Govind dev Temple Vrindavan

During your stay in Vrindavan you must be sure to visit the Govinda dev Temple and adjacent Radha Govinda temple. Though the original deity was moved to Jaipur 300 years ago, you can nevertheless have the darshan of the beautiful Radha Govinda deities there, who are said to bestow the same blessings as the ancient 5000 year-old diety.

Govind dev temple of Vrindavan

This important historic temple and architectural wonder is certainly deserving of a listing on Unesco’s World Heritage sites, and we must support efforts to preserve its immediate environment as well as its structural and spiritual integrity.

Gopeshwar Mahadev Temple in Vrindavan

The oldest temple in Vrindavan is the ancient Gopeshwar Mahadev Temple, located in a very historic part of town, not far for holy Yamuna river. Thousands of years ago, Vrajanabha, the great-grandson of Lord Krishna installed the Siva Lingam, sacred deity of Lord Shiva, in the Gopeshwar Mahadeva Temple.

Tip: Right behind the corner, in Bhut Galli street you can find an ashram for stay called Vrinda kunja. They do lots of social work such as enviornmental and educational services. It could be a good idea to join Vrinda Kunja while staying in Vrindavan.  Volunteering in Vrindavan at Vrinda Kunja ashram.

Entrance of Gopeshwar Mahadev temple
Gate of Gopeshwar Mahadev temple

Gopeshwar Mahadev is rather small but significant sanctuary of Lord Shiva. It is the starting point for those on pilgrimmage in Vrindavan for a very good reason. Read on to find out why this is a must-see place in Vrindavan and why we included Gopeshvar temple on our Vrindavan temple list.

How Lord Shiva Became the Guardian of Vrindavan as Gopeshwar Mahadev

On an autumn night, under a lustrous full moon, Lord Krishna performs his sweetest eternal pastime known as the Maha Rasa Lila, his enchanting night of dancing with the beautiful gopis (milk maidens) of Vrindavan.

Since no males other than Krishna are ever allowed to enter into this dance, Lord Shiva was denied entrance by the presiding Queen of Vrindavan, Vrinda devi. While standing guard outside the sacred dance area, Shiva’s desire to join the dance grew stronger, and he began meditating intensely on Krishna’s beloved Sri Radha, who took notice and dispatched one of her attendants Lalita devi to initiate Shiva into the dance.

Morning ritula at Gopeshwar temple
Morning puja at Gopeshwar temple – bathing with milk and yoghurt

She instructed Shiva to bathe in the sacred Yamuna River, and when he emerged from the purifying waters transformed into a charming young gopi, he was allowed to enter the dance. Taking notice of the new “gopi”, Krishna smiled mischievously at Lord Shiva and named him Gopeshwara. To this day, Shiva is considered the guardian of the Rasa Lila dance and is affectionately called Gopeshwara Mahadev of Vrindavan.

Gopeshwar Mahadev Temple of Vrindavan During Festivals

On special holy days such as bi-weekly ekadasi fasting days or holidays dedicated to worshipping Lord Shiva, such a huge crowd of pilgrims and devotees converges on the Gopeshwar Mahadev Temple, that there is hardly room to walk on any of the nearby streets.

Corridor side of Gopeshwar Mahadev Temple
Temple entrance corridor

Even if you don’t manage to make it into the temple itself, just being present amidst such an ecstatic throng of souls can be a spiritually uplifting experience.

Restoring the Beauty of Historical Vrindavan

For those who value ancient tradition and cultural heritage, the Gopeshwar Mahadev Temple is absolutely not to be missed while visiting Vrindavan. Gopeshvar temple is base of Vrindavan’s history. Walking through the ancient historical area between this temple and Kesi Ghat, one cannot help but feel compelled to join the efforts to restore the beauty and glory of this sacred place.

The organizers of Vrindavan Act Now!are eager to engage everyone in joining this important project to clean up one of Vrindavan’s most historic and holy areas.