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Vrindavan

Vrindavan is the town in the Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh. According to Hinduism, Vrindavan is the place where Lord Krishan spent his childhood days. the town is 11 km from Mathura, the birth place of Lord Krishna. The town hosts many temples dedicated to the worship of Radha and Krishna and is considered sacred by Vaishnavism.

Vrindavan is the  ancient Sanskrit name, that comes from its groves of vrndaTulasi (tulsi, Holy Basil) Ocimum Tenuifloram with vana meaning a grove or a forest. Two small groves still exist at Nidhivan and Seva Kunj.

History

According to Hindu religion, Vrindavan is an important Hindu pilgrimage site and has an ancient past. Govinda Dev Temple is one of its oldest surviving temples that was built in the year 1590,  with the town founded earlier in the same century. Vrindavan lost his essence over time until Chaitanya Mahaprabhu rediscovered it in the 16 century. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu visited Vrindavan in the year 1515, with the purpose of locating the lost holy places associated with Lord Krishna's pastimes. divine spiritual power of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, he was able to locate all the important places of Krishna's pastimes in and around Vrindavana.  Mira Bai left the kingdom of Mewar and lived in a temple called Pracheen Meerabai in Vrindavan for last 14 years. Meera Bai is the most famous female Hindu spiritual poet, whose compositions are still popular throughout North India.

In the last 250 years, the extensive forests of Vrindavan have been subjected to urbanization, first by local Rajas and in recent decades by apartment developers. The forest cover has been whittled away to only a few remaining spots, and the local wildlife, including peacocks, cows, monkeys and a variety of bird species has been virtually eliminated. A few peacocks are left in the city but monkeys and cows can be seen almost everywhere.

Temples in Vrindavan

  • Shahji Temple
  • Iscon Temple
  • Madan Mohan Temple
  • Garud Govind Temple
  • Meera Bai Temple
  • Bhajankuti Ashram
  • Radha Vallabh Temple
  • Radha Damodar Mandir
  • Yamuna River
  • Banke Bihari Temple
  • Kesi Ghat
  • Seva Kunj & Nidhuban

Climate

  • Temperature in summer ranges between 22°C to 45°C.
  • Temperature in winter ranges between 10°C to 30°C.

Best Time to Visit

  • Winter seson is the best time to visit the Vrindavan i.e. between September - March.

How to reach

By Air - Agra Airport is the nearest airport to Vrindavan.

By rail - It has its own Railway Station named as Vrindavan Railway Station which is connected to almost all the major cities.

By Road - One has to reach Mathura to visit Vrindavan as there are no bus routes from other major cities to Vrindavan. So nearest bus stand is Mathura.