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South of Delhi, near the place of Krishna's birth, is the town of 4,000
temples where the sounds of celebration constantly resound. Vrindavan
was the actual place where Krishna spent his childhood. In some ways, it
has retained the characteristics of a village with its narrow streets
and many cows that wander around freely. The village had once belonged
to cowherds and still the Hindus who live here revere the cows.
Although Vrindavan is not actually where Krishna is believed to have
been born, it is here that he performed many of his naughty childhood
antics playing with ball with his fellow cowherds, stealing butter from
the homes of the villagers and hiding the clothes of cow herding girls
(the gopis) as they bathed in the river. However, today the scenery of
the city is not much the same as the river has now meandered away while
the flourishing woods have long since disappeared. Despite some wooded
parkland that has been maintained, the details of Krishna's life have
been shrouded by the myths and legends and the only witness to his
validity as a historical figure is borne out by ancient scriptures like
the Mahabharata that records great battles that were once waged in this
Vrindavan is noted for its marble and alabaster products, embossed with
semi-precious stones or synthetic gems. One can also buy glass bangles
here along with lovely glass beads, stringing glass, and wooden beads in
necklaces together with Rudraksh and Tulsi rosaries.
Pagal Baba Temple
Founded by Late Pagal Baba, this gleaming white temple has eleven
stories in all. One of the modern architectural examples, the temple
retains the playfulness of Pagal Baba in the spirit of his disciples who
are ready to welcome the visitors into the temple's interior. One can
get some good views of the surrounding area from the ninth storey. The
main attractions are the puppets exhibited in the temple. Some of them
are mechanized and depict scenes from Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
Bankey Bihari Temple
One of the most important and lively temples is the Bankey Bihari,
which houses a sacred image of Krishna known as Thakur Ji, which shows
Krishna embodied in almost black color. Devotees can be seen playing
amall cymbals to timeless tunes of worship and singing hymns to its
rhythm and offering garlands of flower petals and offer them to the
statue while Brahmins occasionally draw across the curtain to let the
devotees catch the glimpse of the great Lord.
Govind Dev Temple
Built in 1590 by Raja Man Singh, the upper layers of this temple was
torn down during the time of the Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb, who
considered it the place of idolatry, a sin in his religion. Since then,
it is empty. Yet beggars sit on the outside and call for alms while
monkeys play amidst the sculptured stonework of it's interior. Even the
ruins of this red sandstone edifice impress the visitors with their
artwork and in particular, the vaulted ceiling.
Newly constructed ISKON temple is one of the most impressive ones with
funds coming from devotees overseas. The marble buildings exude their
own brilliance and present an example of intricate carving. It owes its
existence to Swami Prabhupada, a Hindu devotee born in Bengal in 1896.
Today, ISKON is a worldwide movement with followers from many different
There are more than 4000 temples in the region including the towering
Rangaji Temple. Most of them close during the noonday hours while the
majority of them are in private homes, which, in some cases, have been
inhabited for generations.
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