The name of Krishna and the chanting of Hare Krishna has been the perennial source of devotion not only to the sages but to the rulers and the common folk. The pious land of Brij especially Mathura & Vrindavan has been the choice of the pilgrims for ages. The pilgrims are always drawn to touching the dust of Lord Krishna’s birthplace and his place of action. Mathura Vrindavan tourism has the same place as Ayodhya tourism as both the place are linked with the incarnation of Lord Vishnu-Krishna and Rama.
What are the other places of interest in Brij Bhoomi?
The pilgrims from India and the overseas plan a tour of Mathura Vrindavan and the adjoining tours linked to Lord Krishna such as Govardhan, Baldev, Barsana, Mahavan, etc. Lots of people do Par karma of 84 km. A large number of devotees decide to dwell in Ranam Reti or to live in the ISCON Guesthouse.
In this blog, I try to assimilate all necessary information regarding Mathura Vrindavan and the other local religious places. You get to know the temple timings, timings of Aarti ceremony, distances and other Information of things to do and shop in Mathura tour.
How to Reach Mathura?
Mathura is well linked with the Railway and road network from the rest of India. It has a railway junction where the majority of trains from the south or North or Western parts of India sound to Delhi have a halt. This is connected with Delhi Calcutta Highway and with Yamuna Expressway from Noida to Agra. This is also connected with the capital of Uttar Pradesh by Lucknow Expressway.
So far the nearest airport to Mathura and Vrindavan is Agra Airport at Kheria. This is nearly 50 Km far from Mathura. Agra to Mathura tour of temples can easily be done by having a taxi or using a Public Bus. Another option is to take the train from Agra to Mathura. In case you are traveling from South or from far off places in India, you can fly to Delhi I.G.I Airport and can plan to visit Mathura Vrindavan by car.
How Far is Vrindavan from Mathura
Mathura and Vrindavan are twin cities like Hyderabad and Secundrabad. The distance between Mathura and Vrindavan is 15 Km by Road. The easiest way to reach Vrindavan is to take a turn from Chatikari turn on the National Highway. For the intracity travel, you can take either a tuk-tuk or the city cab. You can also hire a cab from your hotel. The distance between Mathura and Gokul is 10 km. The distance between Mathura and Barsana is 50 Km. This distance can be covered in nearly one hour.
What are the famous temples of Mathura Vrindavan ?
Lord Krishna Birth Place (Janam Bhoomi)
This temple is popularly known as Krishna Janambhoomi. It is accessible to the devotees by car. As you enter the Mathura city, you find the signage indicating the location of the temple. This temple is supposed to be built Krishna’s grandson- Vajranabha first on the actual birthplace of the prison. Later on, it was rebuilt times and modifications were done.
The stories go like that Krishna’s mother and father Devaki and Vasudeva were impressed by his maternal uncle Kansa. Thus Lord Krishna was born in the prison. Inside the temple complex, you witness this compound of jail and visit the idol of Lord Krishna adorned with ornaments. Before entering you also get to see the shrine for a Yog Maya.
As the name signifies this temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna where Krishna is supposed to be the King of Dwarka. This temple can be approached by walking through the narrow lanes. The temple was amazing workmanship of paintings. The black-colored idol of Lord Krishna and the white one of Radha Ram provide the mesmerizing effect on the devotees. On the special occasion of Holi festival, they make special fire arrangements in this temple.
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This temple was built in 1975 by the ISCON foundation on Vrindavan. The foundation was laid by the propagation if this cult-swami Prabhupada. This temple built in pure white marble is known as Krishna Balram temple or Radha Ballabh Temple and attracts millions of devotees across the globe annually. The temple has world-class amenities.
Bankey Bihari Temple
This temple is famed all over India among the Hindu religion followers. This located within a walking distance from ISKCON Temple. In this temple, the idol of Lord Krishna is displayed in Tribhaya position and it provided inspiration to Swami Haridas. This temple was constructed in 1864 AD. It is nearly 7 Km from Delhi Kolkata Highway.
Two interesting facts about Bankey Bihari Temple
- There is no bell and chain (Ghanta’s) in the temple premises, unlike other temples where you see lots of hanging bells. The reason behind this is that the people believe Lord Krishna as an infant sleeping in the cradle. The noise of bells can produce distraction in His sleep.
- The idol of Lord Krishna is behind the curtains and the curtains are opened after a certain gap and later closed. The theory behind if these curtains are opened for long the evil spell may fall on child Krishna.
This marvelous temple is built in a large area of 55 acres of land. This temple was built by Shri Jagatguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj and it incurred nearly 200 crore rupees expenditure. This temple has figures of Lord Krishna and his companions on the ground floor and on the upper flower Lord Rama and Sita. This event of Krishna’s life is displayed on a massive scale with 3 D sculptures.
Vaishno Devi Temple-
This temple is also known as cave temple and is visible from the National Highway. The towering statues of Maa Vaishno Devi are created by Mr. Chaudhary the elegant statue of the goddess is clad in red color saree and have imitation jewels. This has the weapons to crush the demons. There is one more statue beside the Durga is Lord hanuman worshiping Goddess Durga.
This famous temple in Vrindavan was built by Seth Lakshmichand of hailing from south India. As his spiritual Guru was a Sri Rang desk swami, so this temple is named after him. This temple is influenced by the Shri Rangam temple of south India. Pilgrims across India came to visit this only south Indian temple of Vrindavan. This temple consists of Golden pillar inside the campus having 30 kg gold and about the height of 30 to 40 feet.
This is a place in Vrindavan where you find mysterious shapes of garden trees symbolizing the Sakha’s and Gopis of Krishna. It is believed that Lord Krishna came and performs Raslila in the night even now. Thus the human entry is banned after sunset. Even the birds and animals like monkeys, cows are also avoided tress passing this law. It is perceived if anybody tries to fiddle with the laws he or she is proving to be either blind or deaf or losing the other senses.
How can you plan One Day Mathura Vrindavan Trip?
No matter if you are staying in Mathura for one night or you come from Delhi or Agra, you can do the one day Mathura Vrindavan tour in one day. In case you plan this tour from Delhi or Agra and do not intend to spare night and want to return the same day, you have to keep in mind the time factor. You have to plan to start as early as possible so that you can reach by 8 am. Most of the famous temples in Mathura Vrindavan remain closed from 2 to 4 PM.
A – Start the Tour with Krishna Janmbhoomi
Plan visiting the highlights of Mathura tour –
Krishna’s Birth Place first leave the car in the parking and make sure not to carry any eatables, smoking items, electric items, and leather goods. Better you can leave such staff in the car with the drive or in the safe boxes at the entry gate of the Krishna Janam Bhoomi.
Now visit the main temple built on the birthplace. After the prayers move towards the new temple built by the famous industrialist. Have the mesmerizing view of the Mathura tour from here.
B – Visit Dwarkadheesh Temple
Now move towards the famed Dwarkadheesh temple. You have to leave the car little for and walk through the Kunj Galis of Mathura. The colorful small shops along both sides of the street would certainly enthrall you up to the care of the heart. Now inside the temple involve yourself in prayers and darshan of Shri vigrah.
C – Boat Ride at Vishram Ghat
After the visit of the Dwarkadheesh temple move to the famous Vishram Ghat. You can undress the Yamuna worship and other Hindu rituals being performed over here. You can enjoy half an hour boat trip in the Yamuna River this boat cruise in Mathura is one of the most famous attractions.
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D – Visit Mathura Archaeological Museum
As the temples in Vrindavan also remain closed from 12-4 PM, a good option for you is to visit the Museum at Dampier Nagar. This museum houses a vast collection of figurines of Kushan era which are unique examples of Mathura school of Art. Most of this sculptor work is done in red sandstone and buff-colored stone.
E – Lunch at Restaurant
Now you can enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Most of these local restaurants serve vegetarian food.
F – Visiting Famous Vrindavan Temple
Post lunch moves to visit the renowned Vrindavan temples. You can visit the temples such as Bankey Bihari Temple, ISCON Temple, Prem Mandir, and Cave Temple of Vaishnav Devi. In case you plan to stay overnight in Vrindavan you should visit the Prem Mandir in the late evening to enjoy the lighting at Prem Mandir.
Mathura Vrindavan Tour Guide
Tour Guides in Mathura can be hired locally. As there is a scarcity of Govt Approved tour guides, you should book them in advance. Especially during the time of Mathura Holi there is a huge influx of Indian and foreign tourists, you should book tour guides and cab from Agra tour operators. Agra tour guide can accompany you for your temple tour and enjoying the Brij Holi at Barsana and other places.
Mathura Vrindavan Temple Timings
|Temple||Summer timings||Winter timings||Aarti timings|
|Krishna Janmbhoomi||5 am to 12 pm
4 pm to 9:30 pm
|5:30 am to 12:30 pm
6 am to 8:30 pm
|Mangla aarti-5:30 am
Evening aarti -6pm
|Dwarkadesh Temple||6:30 am to 10:30 am
4 pm to 7 pm
|6:30 to 10:30 am
3:30 to 6 pm
|Aarti-5:20 to 5:40 pm
In Winter- 6 pm
|Bankey Bihari Temple||7:30 am to 12 pm
5:30 am to 9 pm
|8:30 am to 1 pm
4:30 pm to 8 pm
|Rajbhog aarti-12 Noon
Sayan aarti 8 pm
|Prem Mandir||5:30 am to 6:30 am
8:30 am to 12 pm
4:30 pm to 8 pm
|Iscon Temple||5 am to 12 pm
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
|6 am to 12 pm
Sayan aarti- 8 pm
|Aarti Mangla 5 am
Aarti Rajbhog 12 pm
|Rangji Temple||5:30 am to 10:30 am
4 pm to 9 pm
|6 am to 11 am
4 pm to 9 pm
|Aarti-5:30 am to 6 am
In Winter- 6:30am to 7pm
|Vaishno Devi Temple||6 am to 12 pm
5 am to 9 pm
|6 am to 12 pm
5 am to 9 pm
|Birla Temple||5 am to 12 pm
2 pm to 9 pm
|5:30 am to 12 pm
2:30 pm to 8:30 pm
|Priyakant Ju Temple||6 am to 12:30 pm
4 pm to 8:30 pm
|———||Mangla aarti -6 am
Shrinagar aarti -9am
|Nidhivan Temple||5 am to 7 pm||5:30 am to 6:30 pm|
|Raman Reti||5 am to 12 pm
4 pm to 9 pm
|5:30 am to 12 pm
4 pm to 8:30 pm
|Nand Bhavan Gokul||5 am to 12 pm
2 pm to 9 pm
|5:30 am to 12 pm
2 pm to 8:30 pm
|Kanch Mandir||5 am to 12 pm
4 pm to 8 pm
|Shri Radha Vallabh Temple||5:00 am to 12:00 pm
6: 00 pm to 9:00 pm
What to do in Barsana?
In case you want to spare more time in Mathura Vrindavan tour, why do not you plan to visit Barsana. Barsana is famous for having the temple of Radha Rani (consort of Lord Krishna) after leaving your car in the parking located at the main temple you visit the temple which is huge and highly ornate with the paintings.
Now you can visit the other old temple on the hilltop and you have to go upstairs crossing 350 steps. Barsana is supposed to be the birthplace of Radha Ji and it is a priers place for the believers in the 10th century and the other temple is known as Mon Mandir All these hills are known as Ghervan and they provide a spectacular view of the down villages.
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What can you buy in Mathura?
Mathura being the religious place for Hindus attracts a large number of devotees of Lord Krishna. Thus outside the temples, you can find shanties full of worship materials. You can buy different types of Idols of Hindu deities, Shivlingams, paintings of Radha Krishna, flutes, tridents, during thrones to place laddu Gopal, incense sticks, Dvd of Bhajans and Mathura famous folk songs and Rasias.
You can buy famous souvenirs in Mathura such as silver anklets, fabrics, imitation jewelry, ladies’ buys, ballets, Ram Nam scarf, etc Do not forget to buy famous Mathura Pedas from Brijwasi sweet shop.
For the devotees of Lord Krishna parikrama of Govardhan Parvat has significant importance. The legends say that the Agrarian society used to worship the rain God Indra. Lord Krishna forbade to do that. Thus the peasants had to suffer the wrath of Indra by the torrents of incessant rains. Lord Krishna came as a savior and lifted the Govardhan Parvat on the top of his finger. Thus saved the common folk and thrashed the false pride of Indra. Later Indra surrendered to Lord Krishna. Since that very time, this mountain is worshiped in reverence of Lord Krishna.
What is the busiest time of Govardhan Parikrama?
Common Hindus celebrate Govardhan Puja just are a day later after the Diwali festival. Guru Purnima is a special occasion for the pilgrims to make Parikrama. Besides almost every time of the year, you can see thousands of devotees doing that you can reach Govardhan from Agra, Mathura, Vrindavan or from Barsana easily by road. The famous temples you visit are Hardev Mandir, Jan Ghati and Mukhar board temple. This perambulation distance is almost 21 Kms.
Other Popular Places near Mathura
This place is located 12 km far from Mathura and is famed for its pristine beauty of nature. Situated on the banks of holy river Yamuna, this ashram is the habitat of saints and spirituality seekers. This entire land patch is covered with thick sparkling sands and lush greenery.
According to the mythology Lord Krishna used to come with the cowherd along with his companions. He used to indulge in fun games and pastimes during the grazing of the cows. Thus this sand is considered pious on account of touching of the holy feet of Lord Krishna.
Why people lie down on the sand at Raman Reti?
Under the traditions, the devotees feel fortunate to lie down on the bare sand and feel blessed after paying a visit to the Shri Raman Vihari temple. A special prayer offering two times in a day where an elephant offering prayer to Shri Raman Vihari Ji with his dance and chiming of bells.
Lots of devouts from India and abroad who pine for spiritual pleasures away from the worldly pleasures, come to the Raman Reti and dwell in the cottages for several days. These cottages are equipped with modern facilities but have a real ethnic touch.
Brahmand Ghat Gokul
Just at a stone’s throw from Raman Reti, this place is located at the bank of river Yamuna. According to the mythology when Lord Krishna as a child involved in the childish pranks. He took the bits of sand in the mouth as normal children do and mothers scolding on the activities. This was the time while mother Yashoda like other mothers stop the Lord and take the clay particles out from the mouth. The ignorant mother without understanding the powers of the Lord opens the mouth and remains stunts. She witnesses the three universes in the lord’s mouth.
Since that very time, this place offers the prasad of clay as a remembrance of the great occurrence. And devotee is also taking rest under the big trees and sometimes taking a holy bath in river Yamuna.