Mathura and Vrindavan are the pious cities of Uttar Pradesh, India. These cities are must visit for you, if you are an admirer of spirituality and Indian Culture. Mathura is the birthplace of Lord Shri Krishna. And, Vrindavan is the place of his childhood. Hence, Mathura-Vrindavan is all about temples of Lord Krishna. Therefore, Mathura-Vrindavan is famous as a pilgrimage. It’s really worthwhile to go for 1 Day Trip to Mathura Vrindavan by Car. Here is the list of things which you can see in 1 Day Trip to Mathura Vrindavan by Car:
1 Day Trip to Mathura Vrindavan by Car:
Krishna Janambhoomi Temple, Mathura:
Reach Krishna Janambhoomi Temple, Mathura around 6.30 in the morning. Visit the prison complex, famous as Shri Krishna Janambhoomi, where Lord Krishna was born. Shri Krishna Janambhoomi Temple is the most pious temple for Hindu devotees as it is the birthplace of Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna is the only Supreme God who took avatar in Dwapara Yuga. Dwapara Yuga is the third age of the world cycle of yugas. The term comes from Sanskrit, Dwapara, meaning “two ahead”.
It’s a high-security complex, so you cannot take your mobile, camera and other large bags or purses inside. There is a cloakroom outside the main entry gate to keep all your items. They charge Rs.2.00 per item to keep your items in the cloakroom. Go for an early morning darshan (around 7 am) to avoid the huge crowd and to enjoy the morning aarti. Go early to enjoy darshan, take in the surroundings and also the stories and morals from paintings of the walls and ceilings. Also, there is a beautiful cave depicting the life of Lord Krishna. Enjoy it peacefully.
Timings to visit Krishna Janambhoomi Temple are:
- In Summers, 5 AM to 12 PM and 4 PM to 9.30 PM
- In Winters, 5.30 AM to 12 PM and 3.00 PM to 8.30 PM
After visiting Krishna Janambhoomi, head towards Govardhan Parvat (Mountain) for a parikrama (a revolution around the mountain). It is said that five thousand years ago the Govardhan Parvat was 30,000 m high, at present only 30 m height is left. This is due to the curse of Pulastya Rishi. He was extremely angry with Govardhan Parvat and said, “Because you did not fulfill my aspiration, every day you will decrease one sesame seed.” It is believed from that time Govardhana Hill shrunk one sesame seed per day.
After performing a parikrama around Govardhan Parvat, have delicious traditional food in Mathura and proceed to Vrindavan.
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It’s better to reach Vrindavan by 3.30 in the noon as all the temples and attractions of the place remain closed from 12.20 PM to 4.00 PM. Once you reach Vrindavan, park your car or vehicle in the multi-level parking near Prem Mandir. Then follow the sequence to cover all the attraction of Vrindavan without consuming much of your time.
Banke Bihari Temple:
It is said that once a king of Rajasthan came to Vrindavan to visit Banke Bihari and he saw the eyes of Lord Banke Bihari (Lord Krishna) and watched him with utter love straight into Lord’s eyes. After this, the king went back to his kingdom. After some time, when the temple’s priests came to the temple, the found that the Lord Banke Bihari is missing from his place. This incident created a panic situation among the priests of the temple.
Now, everyone started praying to God and got to know that Banke Bihari has gone with the king to his kingdom. After much prayer, God was re-established in the temple. Since then, no one is allowed to see God constantly direct into his eyes. Hence, the curtain in front of Lord Krishna’s statue is opened and closed every few minutes to make sure that no devotee could see the Lord continuously.
Banke Bihar Temple is the oldest of all the temples in Vrindavan. Expect a huge crowd in Banke Bihari Temple throughout the year. After visiting Banke Bihari Temple, head towards Iskon Temple.
Iskon stands for International Society for Krishna Consciousness. This temple in Vrindavan is one of the main Iskon temples in India as well as internationally. This is a Shri Krishna-Balaram Temple. Iskon Society says that Krishna consciousness is much more than religion. It is a spiritual, universal, time-proven process which enables to achieve inner happiness, satisfaction and higher consciousness. They say you do not need to wear a traditional dress or change your hairstyle or religion.
The moment you enter the Iskon Temple in Vrindavan, you hear melodious chant –
“Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare;
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare!!”
Krishna means the all-attractive person, Rama means the highest pleasure, and Hare means Krishna’s internal pleasure potency known as Srimati Radharani.
It’s not the Indian devotees who perform the kirtans by chanting Hare Krishna Mantra, but, it’s the foreigners who chant the maha Hare Krishna Mantra and indulge themselves so deep into the Lord Krishna’s devotion. This whole scenario is such an amazingly peaceful experience that you would not want to miss it at any cost. It’s altogether a different world, here in Iskon Temple in Vrindavan.
Prem Mandir is a temple of God’s divine love. This temple is a practical experience as the center of knowledge and devotion. The main attraction of the temple can be noticed after sunset only. Hence, it’s better to visit Prem Mandir after 6.30 PM.
The view of the Prem Mandir is so amazing that you will be bound to say WOW. Built in 54 acres of land in Vrindavan, this love shrine is 125 feet high, 122 feet long and 115 feet wide. In the complex of the Prem Mandir, there are beautiful green gardens, fountains, beautiful scenes of Lord Krishna and Radha, Shri Govardhan Dharshan, Kaliya Nag Daman Leela, Jhulan Leela have been shown. Here the simple couplets of Shri Radha Govind are written on the smooth straps of marble so that the devotees can easily read and understand them.
Not only this but in the darkness of night, Prem Mandir illuminates with eye capturing & breathtaking beautifully colorful lights, which is worth watching. After you satisfy your eyes and mind, your next destination should be Vaishno Devi Temple.
Maa Vaishno Devi Dham:
The main attraction of the Dham is Maa Vaishno’s Murti (Statue). This statue is an enormously massive neoclassical sculpture on the Dham land. In this temple, you will get to see a model of the caves of Vaishno Devi Mata Jammu. You will love this experience to visit here.