Hare Krishna and Radhe Radhe were the echoing notes of Vrindavan on the eve of New Year!
For millions who decided to visit Vrindavan on 31st December 2017, living Blissfully was the guiding spirit that led them to the New Year.
Vrindavan and the other towns of Vraj witnessed an overwhelming number of people as the year drew to a close. Although Sri Banke Bihari temple attracted the most amount of crowd, the other temples too welcomed an exceptional number of devotees as well. The temples were decorated and the idols adorned for the special occasion. Apart from visiting the temples and performing Giriraj Parikrama in Govardhan, many decided to welcome 2018 with a Mangala Arati performed before the sunrise.
The number of devotees visiting Vrindavan on the New Year ’s Eve saw a major upsurge and thousands of them were seen wandering from one hotel to another, trying to find a room, only to find that almost every hotel was fully booked.
Police were deployed to create a one way flow of tourists around Sri Banke Bihari temple. Fortunately, there were no major incidents, but thousands got stuck when trying to leave the temple and had to struggle their way through crowds of people trying to force their way into the exits.
This year’s celebration was unique in more than one way. Youngsters enthusiastically participated in Vrindavan’s New Year celebration. With bhajans and divine melodies, selfies and special events, Vraj Bhumi transformed into a melting pot of myriad cultures with the unfaltering love for Krishna running as the connecting thread, binding every aspect together.
In an article titled “New Year’s Resolutions”, Giriraj Swami writes, “Most resolutions take the form of “do’s”—things I resolve to do—and “don’ts”—things I resolve to not do. And Vedic wisdom tells us that all do’s and don’ts should support one main do—always remember Krishna (God)—and one main don’t—never forget Him.”
As stated in The Mathura Mahatmya “All sins accumulated through innumerable births can be destroyed in a second by staying in Vrindavan even for one day”; we would love to hear from you to share about our living spaces located right at the feet of the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir.
A delegation of actors from the ‘Braj Vrindavan Act Now’ group of Vrindavan went to the Ujjain Kumbha Mela to put up a show that brought to light the many problems that the river Yamuna and Vrindavan are facing right now. The group was led by B.A Paramadwaiti Swami, the Acharya of Vrinda and the spiritual guide to the BVAN group.
The group was invited and hosted by Pujya Swami Chidananda SaraswatiJi while at the Kumbha Mela. There was also dialogue between the group and spiritually inclined people from all over the world who were visiting. One of the key speakers, Swami Paramadvaiti, spoke about the immediate need to save the rapidly disintegrating fertile lands and rivers of India.
A sankeertan was also performed on the streets of Ujjain to spread these messages. Later on, thousands of people along with the chief minister, Mr. Shivraj Singh Chauhan, took a pledge on the banks of river Kshipra that they will protect the rivers of India and find sustainable solutions to improve the environment.
Vrindavan is a famous tourist destination for all sorts of people. But for people who follow the Vaishnavism tradition of Hindiusim, Vrindavan holds a special place in their hearts. It is one of the foremost centres for Krishna devotees and includes places like Gokul and Govardhan. Millions of people flock to Vrindavan every year to pay homage to Radha Krishna and take part in the numerous festivals that Vrindavan is famous for.
When devout followers of Krishna visit Gokul, where Krishna was raised by Nanda Maharaj and Yashoda, or walk through the Vrindavan forest, where Krishna spent most of his childhood with Balaram and his friends, the spiritual ecstasy they feel is unmistakable. ‘Krishnabhumi’ aims to capture this very essence of Vrindavan. The project is most known for the tallest Krishna mandir in the world. However, another attraction of this project is also the recreation of the twelve forests or ‘vanas’ of Vrindavan.
All of this, coupled with the indoor Krishna leela theme park, the heritage museum, the cosmology exhibit and the viewing gallery perched at a height of 700 feet, Krishnabhumi will bring you closer to Krishna with the help of modern inventions. This is also a great way of introducing children to the story of Krishna. They may not be as spiritually inclined as the elders in the family, but Krishna will make a place in their hearts with this project’s amusement park like ambience.
The city of temples is one of the most common titles used to address the city of Vrindavan. Home to around 500 temples, one visit may fall short for visiting all of them. However, if you are taking a trip to Vrindavan soon, we recommend you put these temples at the top of your list.
Madan Mohan Temple: This temple is located near Kali Ghat and is one of the oldest temples in Vrindavan. If you hail from Bengal then this temple will be even more special to you because of its strong ties to Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
Meera Bai Temple: Meera Bai was perhaps the most famous of the Bhakti saints. A most extraordinary woman who believed Krishna was her husband and lover. Her temple is located on the southern side of the Shahji temple near Nidhivan and is a must visit!
Banke Bihari Temple: This temple was built in 1862 and discovered by Swami Haridas in Nidhivan. It was built after the image of Banke Bihari.
Prem Mandir: Prem mandir is less of a temple and more of a spiritual complex that sits on a 54 acre site on the outskirts of Vrindavan. The temple and the deity are both made of marble and their beauty is incomparable.
Radha Vallabh Temple: This temple was set up by Hith Harivansh Mahaprabhu. This temple is especially visit worthy because apart from the idol of Krishna, it houses a crown of Radharani.
Shahji Temple: This architectural masterpiece was built by Shah Kundan Lal of Lucknow in the year 1867. House to beautiful marble sculptures, the temple is also famous for 12 spiral columns that rise fifteen feet. There is also a hall with magnificent paintings and Belgian glass chandeliers.
To add the list of these beautiful temples, ISKCON Bangalore is constructing the Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir. This mandir will be at the heart of the integrated township, Krishnabhumi and rise 700 feet into the sky, making it the tallest Krishna temple in the world. This temple will definitely be worth a visit!
A two-day long ‘Braj Mahotsav’ will be organized by Mathura MP and famous cinestar Hema Malini on 25th & 26th April at the upcoming Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir site at Krishna Bhumi, Vrindavan. The grand cultural event intended to promote the rich art and cultural heritage of Braj to the people and attract the world’s attention to the region will have theater, dance and bhajan performances and is. Several bollywood stars like Arjun Kapoor, Govinda, Jackline Fernades, Shankar Mahadevan and Hariharan are expected to perform at the Braj Mahotsav. The festival also has prominent personalities from the political and entertainment world as invited guests like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav as well as Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor and others.
Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir: Hosting the Braj Mahotsav event, the upcoming Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir will be the tallest Krishna Temple upon completion. Rising up to 700 feet, the iconic temple conceived by ISKCON Bangalore will be at the heart of Krishna Bhumi, a world class township of villas and apartments in Vrindavan. The Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir will house various temples in different wings as well as festival halls, museum, study center, indoor Krishna Lila Park, Vedic Cosmology Exhibit and gallery at 210 meters.
Krishna Bhumi: The Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir is located at the center of Krishna Bhumi with an array of the best apartments and villas in Vrindavan growing around it. Built to premium specifications these multi-storey flats in Vrindavan will offer stunning views of the temple and the vast greenery surrounding it. A development by the Infinity group, Krishna Bhumi will also offer the best in lifestyle amenities and facilities including an elder care center with 24X7 medical and nursing assistance, fully equipped club, retail facility with food court, day care center, shuttle AC bus service and others