ISKCON Vrindavan temple stands tall, casting its majestic aura all around.
This temple is a dream came true for ISKCON founder. He wished to build a temple for the famous brothers of Hindu mythology, Krishna and Balaram, in the very same holy city where they once played together several centuries ago.
Now, if you’re planning a visit to this spectacular temple, you’re in for a real treat. Devotees from all over the world flock to ISKCON Vrindavan to witness the Aarti and Bhagavad Geeta classes held here every day. But that’s not all, folks! You’ll also be awed by the three altars at the temple – seats of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, Shri Krishna and Balaram, and Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundara, along with Lalita and Vishakha.
The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Krishna-Balaram, and let me tell you, the idols of Krishna and Balarama on the central slab of the temple are a sight to cheer. On the right dais, you’ll find the idols of their friends, and on the left side, there’s a statue of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu with Nityananda, and of Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and his spiritual coach Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura.
The temple is not only a place of worship, but it also implements great ethics of hygiene and deity adoration in the whole of Vrindavan. You’ll be amazed by the white marble structure adorned with eye-catching pieces of stones that sparkle in the sunlight. And the galleries of the temple display various pictures of Lord Krishna, depicting various frolicking scenes of his life.
But wait, there’s more! The courtyard of the temple has beautiful verandahs surrounding it, with wall paintings of Sri Radha-Krishna and Sri Gaur-Nitai hung on them. The first floor of the temple is more like a balcony with 108 flowers painted on the floor. And if you’re planning to stay, the ISKCON Guest House inside the temple campus provides clean, peaceful, and satvik stay facilities for nominal prices.
However, there are some etiquette rules you must follow when visiting the temple. For instance, photography is prohibited inside, especially in the inner sanctum of the temple. But fear not, my friends, you can always buy some handmade knick-knacks from the stalls inside the temple if you wish to carry souvenirs back home for your friends and family.
So, pack your bags, put on your traditional dhotis, ghagras, and cholis, and head to the land of Vrindavan. The temple is easily accessible from Delhi, and you must plan your visit during the winter months to avoid the scorching heat of the summers. And don’t forget to book your stay in advance, because the ISKCON guest house gets full quickly.