Places to visit

“Vraja Darshan tours”

Vraja Darshan tours have been organised to assist and enhance the experience of pilgrims who have come to visit the most important holy places in Vraja. For further information about the tours, please contact the Welcome Centre , located near Srila Prabhupada’s Samadhi Mandir in the temple premises.

Vraja Darshan is a guided tour for devotees, with following routes. The guided tours offer devotional visits to the following places:

  • GOVERDHAN: Radha Kunda & Shyama Kunda, Goverdhan, Kusum Sarovara.
  • VARSANA, NANDAGRAM, VRINDA KUNDA
  • MATHURA, GOKUL: Sri Krishna Janmasthan, Raval, Dauji, Brahmanda Ghat (Mahavan), Gokula.

Please contact the Information Centre well in advance. Email iskcon.vrndavan@gmail.com

NandagramThe home of Nanda Maharaja and Mother Yasoda where Krishna and Balaram reside.
Vrinda KundaThe eternal residence of Srimati Vrindadevi. By her mercy alone can one truly enter Vrindavan.
VarsanaThe kingdom of King Vrishabhanu, and home of his daughter, Srimati Radharani.
Govardhana“Of all the devotees, this Govardhana is the best. Being touched by the lotus feet of Krishna and Balaram, Govardhana Hill appears very jubilant.” (SB 10.21.18)
Kusum SarovarA beautiful lake built as a majestic expression of love for Krishna, Kusum Sarovar provides a pleasing environment to swim or relax while appreciating the spiritual atmosphere.
Radha Kunda“Of the many objects of favoured delight, and of all the loveable damsels of Vrajabhumi, Srimati Radharani is certainly the most treasured object of Krishna’s love. And, in every respect, Her divine Kunda is described by great sages as similarly dear to Him. If one simply bathes once within those holy waters one’s pure love of Krishna is fully aroused. (NOI.11)
Krsna JanmasthanA beautiful temple constructed at the place where Devaki and Vasudeva were imprisoned in the dungeon of King Kamsa’s palace. Sri Krishna appeared within their prison cell and instructed His father Vasudeva to carry Him to the home of Nanda Maharaja in Gokula.
GokulaThe palace of 84 pillars where Nanda Maharaja originally lived. Here Vasudeva exchanged his son, Krishna, with the newborn daughter of Mother Yasoda. All the childhood pastimes such as the killing of Putana, Trinavarta and Sakatasura took place here. The pastime of Damodara, tying Krishna to the grinding mortar, also happened here.
Brahmand GhatThe place where Krishna revealed the entire cosmic manifestation to Mother Yasoda as she looked into His mouth searching for the dirt He had eaten.
RavalThe birthplace of Srimati Radharani.
DaujiDauji means “older brother”. Here resides the largest deity of Lord Balaram in all of Vraja Mandala. This deity was installed 4,900 years ago by Maharaja Vajranabha.
Vishram GhatKrishna and Balaram rested here after killing Kamsa and his eight brothers. Every evening there is a wonderful aratika with a mullti-tiered lamp.

 

“Vrindavan Parikrama”

Vrindavan and Mathura are the most important places of pilgrimage for devotees of Krishna. Krishna was born in Mathura and spent His childhood in Vrindavan. There are over 5000 temples in Vrindavan, and it is not possible to visit all of them, but there are seven major temples that Gaudiya Vaishnavas visit when they come to Vrindavan.

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With a pure heart let me worship Vrajabhumi, which is the form of sweetness of meditation on Sri Krishna, which is eternal, transcendental, blissfull, and peerless, and which, although it cannot be understood by ordinary people, is easily understood by its residents. (Vraja-rita-cintamani)

Vrindavan is iluminated by numberless moons of spiritual bliss. It is cooled by the sweet nectar of spiritual love, and it is filled with desire trees and many hosts of madly cooing birds. Whoose heart will not run to Sri Sri Radha and Krishna, who enjoy eternal transcendental pastimes in that Vrindavan? (Sri Vrindavan Mahimamrita)

The Seven Major Gaudiya Vaishnava Temples

Radha Madana MohanSanatana Goswami discovered the Deity of Madan. Mohan. Ram das Kapoor, a merchant who became his disciple, donated the funds for this mandir in 1580. When the Muslims attacked in 1670, the original Deities were moved to Jaipur. and later to Karoli.
Radha DamodaraThis temple includes the Deities of Radha Damodara, worshipped by Srila Jiva Goswami, the Deities of Radha Vrindavan Chandra of Krishna Dasa Kavirja Goswami, Radha Madhava of Jayadeva Goswami and Radha Chalcikana of Bhugarbha Goswami.
Radha SyamasundaraThis temple was established by Syamananda Pandita. The original Deity given to Syamananda by Srimati Radharani can be seen to the right of the altar. The large Deity on the central altar was worshipped by Baladvea Vidyabhusana while he was in Vrindavan.
Radha RamanaThe Deity of Radha Raman (one of the few original Deities still left in Vrindavan) was worshipped by Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami. The Deity self-manifested from one of the Goswami’s saligram silas in 1542.
Radha GokulanandaHere are the Radha Vinod Deiteis of Lokanatha Goswami, the Gokulananda Deity of Vishvanatha Chakravati, the Caitanya Mahaprabhu Deity of Narottama Dasa Thakur, the Radha Vijaya Govinda Deities of Baladeva Vidyabhusana and the Govardhan sila given to Raghnatha Dasa Goswami by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
Radha GopinathaThis Deity was worshipped by Madhu Pandita, one of the close associates of Lord Caitanya. The Gopinatha Deity was originally installed by Vajranaba, Lord Krishna’s grandson, 5,000 years ago. The Deity was rediscovered at Vamsi-vata by Paramananda Goswami, and worshipped there by Paramananda Bhattacarya, who gave the Deity to Madhu Pandita.
Radha GovindaThis temple was built in1590 by Maharaja Man Singh for the original Govinda Deity discovered by Srila Rupa Goswami. Govindaji was removed from this temple and reinstalled in Jaipur when the Muslim Emperor Aurangzeb destryoed part of the temple in 1670.
Other Places of Interest in Vrindavan
Yamuna River and Kesi GhataThe Yamuna river flows through Vrindavan and Mathura. It is the most sacred river in India as it is so intimately connected with Krishna’s pastimes. Situated on the bank of the Yamuna is Kesi Ghata, where Krishna killed the Kesi demon.
Seva KunjaThis is the sacred place of the Rasa dance and also where Lord Krishna would offer service to Radharani by decorating Her hair with flowers, and by massaging and painting Her lotus feet.
NidhuvanaHere Krishna would decorate Radharani with different kinds of cosmetics before performing the Rasa dance. Sometimes Radha and Krishna would come here to rest after the Rasa dance, at the far end of the garden is a small temple call Rang Mahal, where a bed is still kept for the divine couple to rest.
Imli TalaThe sacred Imli Tala tree where Srila Sanatana Goswami established the worship of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai. Caitanya Mahaprabhu used to sit regularly under the Imli Tala. A Deity of Caitanya Mahaprabhu is installed under that tree.
Gopisvara MahadevaThis is the oldest temple in Vrindavan. Gopisvara Mahadeva is Lord Siva who came to Vrindavan to become a gopi of Krishna. Vrinda Devi blessed Lord Siva and allowed him to enter the Rasa dance of Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna then offered Lord Siva the guardianship of the Rasa Lila, and placed him at the entrance of the Mandir.
Banke Bihari MandirEstablished in 1864 by Swami Haridas, this temple is one of the most popular temples in Vrindavan, especially during Jhulan Yatra, the swing festival in the month of Shravan (July/August).

Hare Krishna