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Shri Banke Bihari Temple in Vrindavan

Shri Banke Bihari Mandir (Hindu temple) is one of the most famous temples in Vrindavan. Not only is the temple beautiful and enchanting, the story behind it is quite fascinating as well.

According to the legend, the temple was initially founded by Swami Haridas ji, who was born in 1478AD. at Haridaspur, near Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh. Later he moved to Nidhivan (in Vrindavan), to practice music and meditation.

One day his disciples entered Kunj (where Haridas ji use to meditate), but instead of seeing anything, they were blinded by an intense bright light. When Swami Haridas ji heard about this, he went to the Kunj and prayed to the lord to appear in front of his disciples. Obliging his request, Lord Krishan appeared along with his wife, Radha.

The beauty of the couple was so enchanting that people present there, forgot to even blink their eyes! Upon seeing this, Swami Haridas ji requested the divine couple to take a single form and also requested them that he wanted his beloved lord to be always in front of his eyes. Granting him both his wishes, Lord Krishna and Radha turned themselves into one single black wooden idol, the same one that is present in the temple today.

The charm and beauty of Shri Banke Bihari ji is the only reason why the ‘darshan’ in the temple is never continuous but is broken by curtain drawn on him regularly. It is also believed that if one stares long enough into the eyes of the statue, the person would lose his self consciousness!

Due to this, no one is allowed to take the photographs of the statue and because of this; one can not shoot photographs/videos during darshan time. However in the afternoon the temple and door to the sanctum is closed for 5 hours, at this time, one can take special permission to shoot photographs inside the temple.

Here are few of the photographs I managed to click during my visit:

Devotees praying infront of the banike bihari sanctum

statue of nandi at banke bihari temple in vrindavan

a devotee infront of prayer lamps at banke bihari temple

Getting there: Vrindavan is located 145kms from Delhi and you can take the following route to reach there: Delhi – Faridabad – Palwal – Kosi – Vrindavan. There are plenty of tourist as well as local buses which play on this route. In case you wish to take a train, you would have to take one to Mathura and then take a bus to Vrindavan.

Temple timings during summer (effective, 2 days after holi):

Add one hour to the timing for winter time, which is applicable 2 days after Diwali.

Opening: 7:45AM

Shringar: 8:00AM

Rajbhog: 11:00-11:30AM

Rajbhog Aarti and closing: 12:00PM

Subtract one hour from the timing for winter time, which is applicable 2 days after Diwali.

Opening: 5:30PM

Shayan Bhog: 8:30-9:00PM

Shayan Aarti and closing: 9:30PM

Ps. No one is allowed to enter during any of the bhogs.

62 Comments

  1. baldev raj katna says:

    jai krishna jai radhey mujhe varindavan jaldi bulana

  2. jaikantmahawar says:

    to day is janamastami. i pray to the bankey behari to make india strong.

  3. Mere pyare banke behari ji mere har saans mein tera hi naam ho mere ankho mein tera he roop ho mere kano mein tera he kirtan ho asi kripa karna.

  4. manish arora says:

    MERE PYARE THAKURJI MERI HAR SAANS ME AAP HO AAJ ME JO KUCH BHI HU UNKI KI KIRPA SE HU YE THAKUR JI KA MANNDIR NAHI YAHA THAKURJI KHUD VRIAJMAN HAI. CLOSE UR EYES AND THINK ABT THAKURJI..

    JAI SHREE RADHEY

  5. banke bihari lal ki jai. nc pics of banke bihari ji’s n temple also. mere banke bihari lal tu itna mat krio shringar najar tohe lag jaegi.mere pyaare banke bihari ji kuch aisa kro ki mai sirf aap ka dhyan lga sku sari duniya ko bhul jau. hr taraf bs aap hi dikho aap hi ko mai mehsus kr sku banke bihari lal ki jai

  6. anil prabhune says:

    I can’t express in words. (divya hai)

  7. thanks for showing spritul pic of shri bankey behari temple,is amuley jankari ke leye bahut bahut dhanayavad
    bahut khuch deya meri sawli sarkar ne ,jai radha madhav,jai kunj behari

  8. SACHIN SHARMA says:

    “JAI SHREE RADHE KRISHAN JEE KEE”
    “JAI SHREE VRINDAVAN BIHARI LAL JI KEE”
    “JAI SHREE RADHA KRISHAN JEE KE GOLOK DHAM OR SAVROOP KEE”
    “JAI SHREE KRISHAN JEE KE VRIAAT SAVRROP JEE KEE”
    “JAI SHREE KRISHAN JEE KE Chaturbhuj Roop KE”

  9. jai jai shree radhe ,Jai jai shree Radhe,Jai Jai Shree Radhe, Bolo shree Vrindavan bihari lal ki jai ,Saware sarkar ki jai ,Girraj dharan ki jai,shree kripa mayi radha rani ki jai

  10. jai shri banke bihari g ki,thakur g apke charno mei vinti h prabhu mujhe apne darshano k hit bula lo apne paas,

  11. shri banke bihari ki jai i am regular visitor of vrindavan i cant express my views that how much i feel relaxed when i sit in front of my bankebihari

  12. shree karishan bhagavan se anurodh hai ki dailly aapka darshan hota rahe

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