Vrindavan

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Vrindavan is a town located in Mathura District, Uttar Pradesh, India. Along with Mathura, it is one of the many visited places by the students of IIT Kanpur. It is especially famous as a place where Lord Krishna spent his childhood here.


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History

Vrindavan was well known in the ancient India. There are various instances of mentioning or describing the place in many of puranas and other Vedic scriptures. The importance of this place faded untill the 16th century when Chaitanya Mahaprabhu visited this place and rediscovered it. His direct disciples, Sri Rupa, Sanatana, Raghunatha dasa, Ragunatha Bhatta, Gopal Bhatta, Jiva Goswamis, also known as the six Goswamis, have rediscovered many places, wrote many sanskrit literatures here and built many temples in and around Vrindavan which exist to this day. The visiting of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to Vrindavan is mentioned in his biography, Sri Chaitanya Charitamrta written by Sri Krishna Dasa Kaviraja Goswami.


Transportation

Mathura jn. is the nearest railway station to Vrindavan. From Kanpur, there are only few trains leaving for Mathura. But, there are many trains from Kanpur going till Tundla jn., another nearby railway station. The estimated journey time in train is around four hours.


Temples

Radha-Madana Mohana temple, built under Sanatana Goswami, is one of the ancient temples. The original deity was shifted to Rajasthan, due to safety from Aurangzeb. Radha-Govinda temple, built under Rupa Goswami, is also famous temple. Yet again here, the original deity was shifted to Rajasthan for the same reason as previous. Radha-Damodar temple, built by Sri Jiva Goswami is also a very famous land mark. Radha-Raman temple, built by Gopala Bhatta Goswami, attracts the visitors by the beautiful deity of Lord Krishna.

Krishna-Balarama Mandir is the most famous temple among the contemporary ones. It was built by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder-acarya of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness(ISKCON). It is located in Raman-Reti, and is the hub of devotees of Lord Krishna arriving from each corner of the world. Vrindavan is visited especially in the month of Kartik(October-November), during this time many piligrims arrive from over 150 countries from all around the world.

Kesi Ghat along the banks of River Yamuna is one of the important places. There are several other towns like Varasana, Mathura, Govardhana etc. which are some of the major tourist attractions.


Trip from IIT Kanpur

Bhaktivedanta Club organizes a guided tour around Vrindavan annually on some weekend usually in autumn, around late October.

See Also

1. Bhaktivedanta Club


References

1. Krishna-Balaram Mandir Guide book

2. Wikipedia: Vrindavan

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