If we can also call the city of Vrindavan the ocean of devotion and thousands of devotees come here every day to take a bath in this ocean. This ocean of devotion city is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, and this city is called Vrindavan or Vrindavan Dham. There are many temples of Lord Krishna here and it is also known as the city of Krishna. Today we are going to tell you about a similar temple of Lord Krishna, which is a very famous temple of Vrindavan Dham. The name of the temple we are giving information about today is “Shree Banke Bihari Temple” and it is situated on the Raman Reti of Vrindavan.
There are many stories about Shree Banke Bihari Temple that make this temple even more interesting and that is why devotees have unwavering faith in this temple. Here devotees come daily in thousands of numbers from all over the country and abroad.
Shri Banke Bihari Temple is a very miraculous temple and many wonderful and miraculous events have happened here with the devotees, which is considered to be miraculous.
The credit for the construction of this temple goes to Shri Haridas and his descendants, the descendants of Shri Haridas got this temple built. It was built by Swami Haridas in 1864. Shri Haridas was a great worshiper of Lord Banke Bihari and used to meditate on Lord Banke Bihari only. Shri Haridas used to do very beautiful bhajans and kirtans, being pleased with his bhajan kirtan, Shri Banke Bihari Ji had descended on the Nidhivan of Vrindavan. Sriharidah Ji was also the guru of the great musician Tansen, who was once one of the nine gems of the Mughal emperor Akbar.
Interesting story of Shre Banke Bihari Temple.
Sri Haridas was a Krishna devotee and always used to take in his devotion. He used to worship Krishna and after questioning his hymns and kirtans, Lord Krishna appeared in the Nidhivan of Vrindavan. For some time Banke Bihari’s service and worship were done by Shri Haridas in Nidhivan itself, but later when his temple was built in 1860 – 1864, it was consecrated in that temple. Where he came to be known as “Banke Bihari”.
In the Shri Banke Bihari Ji temple, only on the day of Sharad Purnima, Shri Shri Banke Bihari Ji wears the lineage. Thakur Ji sits on the swing only on the day of Shravan Teej and only on the day of Janmashtami his Mangla-Aarti is performed. Whose vision only the fortunate person gets. And Charan Darshan takes place only on the day of Akshaya Tritiya.
No artist has made the idol of Banke Bihari.
It is said about the idol of Banke Bihari temple that it was not made by any artist but has manifested itself. This idol is not made of any metal, but it is made of wood. Banke Bihari appeared pleased with the devotion of the devotee Shriharidas.
After every 2 minutes, the idol of Banke Bihari is covered.
Here the idol of Banke Bihari is not allowed to be gazed upon continuously. Here, every devotee gets to see Banke Bihari’s darshan continuously for only 2 minutes, after which they are covered with a screen. There is an old story behind doing this.
Once a couple had come to Vrindavan to have darshan of Shri Banke Bihari. When they had darshan of Vrindavan and the turn came to go back home, the couple started feeling very sad that now we have to move away from “Banke Bihari Ji”. The couple started crying in front of Banke Bihari and went to the station to go home crying. Suddenly Banke Bihari took the form of a child and the couple started insisting to go with the horse cart they were going. The couple understood that this was no ordinary child but Banke Bihari Bhagwan himself and they started taking him with them.
Here when the priests of Banke Bihari saw under the temple there was no statue of Banke Bihari then they come to know about a divine child who is going with a Rajasthani couple. The priests of the temple immediately went to the station to search for the couple and went there and requested Banke Bihari Ji to return to the temple. After much persuasion, suddenly the boy disappeared. And the statue of Banke Bihari Ji was also re-established in the temple.
From that day onwards, no devotees are allowed to see Bank Bihari here for a long time. After every 2 minutes, the statue of Banke Bihari Ji is covered with a screen.
How to reach?
By Road: All types of public and private vehicles are always available to reach the Banke Bihari temple of Vrindavan. Vrindavan is connected by road to all the important cities in the country.
By Train: The nearest railway station is Vrindavan and Mathura station. Several express trains connect Mathura with other major cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, and Agra.
By Air: The nearest airport is Agra, which is 67 km away from Vrindavan. There are flights from Agra Airport to all the major cities of the country like Delhi, Mumbai, Khajuraho, and Varanasi.
EntryTiming of Banke Bihari Temple.
7:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Summer)
8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Winter)
Address and google map
Address: Banke Bihari Temple, Goda Vihar, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh 281121.
Images of Banke Bihari Temple.
Other places to visit in Vrindavan.
- Pagal Baba Temple
- Prem Mandir, Vrindavan
- Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Temple (ISKCON temple)
- Shri Radha Madan Mohan Ji Temple
- Sri Rangji Mandir
- Nidhivan, Vrindavan
- Shahji Temple, Vrindavan
- Thakur Shri Bankey Bihari Ji Temple
- Maa Vaishno Devi Dham, Vrindavan
- Seva Kunj, Vrindavan
- Govind Dev Ji Temple, Vrindavan
- Shri Radha Raman Mandir, Vrindavan
- Shri Vrindavan Chandrodaya Temple
- Gopeshwar Mahadev Temple, Vrindavan
- Shri Priyakant Ju Temple, Vrindavan
- Jaipur Temple, Vrindavan
- Shri Radhavallabh Lal Ji Temple, Vrindavan
- Keshi Ghat, Vrindavan
- Shri Radha Damodar Dev Ji Temple
- Shri Garud Govind Temple, Vrindavan
- Vrinda Kunja Ashram
- Shri Jugal Kishore Ji Temple, Vrindavan
- Shri Radha Shyamsundar Ji
- Imlitla Temple, Vrindavan
- Rangnath Mandir
- Shri Radha Sneh Bihari Ji Temple, Vrindavan
- Prem Dham
- Shri Shri Katyayani Peeth, Vrindavan
- Ancient Meera Bai Temple, Vrindavan
- Rang Mahal, Nidhivan
- Shri Radha Gokulanand Ji Temple,
- Shri Radha Gopinath Ji Temple, Vrindavan
- Maa Vaishno Devi Statue (141 ft)
- Tatiya Sthan, Vrindavan
- Banshivat Temple (Maharaas Sthali)
- Swami Devadas Ji – Bhakti ashram
- Shri Ram Dham Ashram
- Shree Bindu Sewa Sansthan Ashram
- Shri Krishna Pranami Paramdham
- Shri Dham Goda Vihar Temple, Vrindavan
- Lala Babu Temple, Vrindavan
- Mathura Vrindavan
- Hanuman Mandir Lal Dwara main highway
- Birla Temple
- Yogiraj Devraha Baba (Samdhi Isthal and Ashram)
- Dwarkadhish Temple
- Gita Mandir
- Govardhan Hill
- Radha Kund
- Rangji Temple
- Kusum Sarovar
- Jama Masjid
- Kans Qila
- Jai Gurudev Mandir
- Bhuteshwar Mahadev Temple
- Kokilavan Dham
- Vaishno Devi Dham
- Potara Kund
- Gopishvar Mahadev Temple
- Chamunda Devi Temple
- Dauji Mandir
- Dolphin The Water World
- Tilak Dwar
- Krishna Nagar Market