The cities of Mathura and Vrindavan lying very close to each other are two of the most important Hindu Pilgrim centers for Hindus. It is the domain of Lord Krishna and most of the temples in these two places are dedicated to him. Popular stories suggest that Krishna spent most of his youth here with playful melody with Radha and his Gopis. The theme of Radha and Krishna merry making in Vrindavan gardens is one of the most important themes in miniature paintings. Janmashthami and Holi are the main festivals here and attract tourists in hordes. The many Holy Places in Vrindavan are the favorite spots of both tourists and pilgrims. Pagal Baba Temple is one of the main temple architecture in Vrindavan.
It remains open through the year and at both morning and evening. Prayers are offered two times a day. The main deities are decorated with beautiful clothes and precious jewellery. This temple is also famous due to its puppet exhibition. It is only temple where puppet exhibition is shown in full enthusiasm. It is placed at ground floor of main building. One can see this puppet show throughout the year. At this puppet exhibition, two great epics of India, namely Mahabhorato and Romayana are performed. They enact the complete scenes and famous story of India’s great ruler and hero of the ages. People attend this show in great volume throughout the year. Follower of late Pagal Baba take care of this great temple. This temple is artistic in its look and its unique design make it apart from rest of the temples in Vrindavan.
This temple was built by followers of a saint the Late Pagal Baba. Devotees say they feel a positive vibe throughout the temple which is reminiscent of the spirit of its creator. The ten storey high Pagal Baba Temple is a landmark structure in Vrindavan. Its resplendent white exteriors are supplemented with excessively adorned interiors. The temple is famous for its puppet exhibition in the ground floor. The puppets play act scenes from the two great epics of India, Mahabharata and Ramayana.
Outside the temple you will find many shops selling devotional items like flowers, incense stick and dresses for idol. The temple is decorated by the followers of Pagal Baba during Holi and Janmashthami. The famous Radha Vallabh Temple set up by the Radha-Vallabh sect, has the crown of Radha-Rani placed next to the Shri Krishna idol in the sanctum.
The Jaipur Temple which was built by Sawai Madhav Singh, the Maharaja of Jaipur in 1917, is a richly embellished and opulent temple. The fine hand – carved sandstone is of unparalleled workmanship. The temple is dedicated to Shri Radha-Madhav. The Shahji Temple, another popular temple at Vrindavan, was designed and built in 1876 by a wealthy jeweller, Shah Kundan Lal of Lucknow. The deities at the temple are popularly known as the Chhote Radha Raman.
Noted for its magnificent architecture and beautiful marble sculpture, the temple has twelve spiral columns each 15 feet high. The ‘Basanti Kamra’ – the darbar hall is famed for its Belgian glass chandeliers and fine paintings. Other places of interest include the Sriji Temple, Jugal Kishore Temple, Kesi Ghat, Lal Babu Temple, Raj Ghat, Meera Bai Temple, Imli Tal, Kaliya Ghat, Raman Reti, Varah Ghat and Chir Ghat. The Seva Kunj is where Lord Krishna once performed the Raaslila with Radha Rani and the Gopis and Nidhi Van where the divine couple rested. The samadhi of Swami Haridasji is situated here. The Sri Radha Shyam Sundar Temple situated at Parikrama Marg, Vrindavan, was built by Sri Anand Swaroop Kela in 2001. The principal deities of this temple are Sri Radha Shyam Sundar Ji, Sri Ved Bhagwan Ji, Sri Agam Bhagwa and Sri Gopeshwar Mahadev.