The last time I visited Vrindavan and Mathura was around 3 years ago. This time again I got the chance to visit the holy place. Actually a relative of us had built a dharamshala in Vrindavan. So at its inauguration they invited us. So our 2 families made the plan to leave on 1st July ‘2010. We decided to take two cars –
No. of adults – Three
1. Myself – The solo driver
2. My father
3. My mother
My car – Maruti 800
Total distance covered in the trip – 320 Km
They were also four in their Wagon-R. As per plan we started early morning from Rohini at around 6 and they met us at Punjabi Bagh flyover at 6:15 am. Then the two cars were off for a short road trip.
Mathura is around 160 Km from my place.
We went towards ISBT , ITO and then Ashram Chowk. Now we wre on NH-2. There was less traffic till Sarita Vihar. But as soon as It was Badar Pur Border , it was a hell crossing it. Crossing it took around 20 min as it was a traffic jam there.
HARE KRISHNA – ENTRY INTO VRINDAVAN
We did not want to stop anywhere between , so crossed Faridabad , Ballabgarh , Palwal , Hodal , Kosi. The road condition of NH-2 till Agra is excellent. Finally reached Vrindavan at around 9:30 am.
BANKE BIHARI JI TEMPLE
When we reached Vrindavan , we parked our cars into a house parking. Basically the people who have large spaces in their houses have turned there huge balconies into car parking. Then we walked trough the tight streets and reached the Banke Bihari Ji Temple.
The image of Bihariji installed in the Shri Banke Bihari Mandir, is the one granted to Swami Haridas by the couple Shyama-Shyam themselves. Submitting to the desire of devotees The Lord appeared in person with his divine consort and left back a black charming image before disappering.His way of Sadhna was to compose and sing songs in the praise of Lord.His disciples were curious about this place and one day with permission of Swamiji, they all entered the kunj. But instead of seeing anything they were almost blinded by bright, intense light, which seemed to fill the whole place.Then Swamiji himself went there, and then after his requests, lord appeared in person with his divine consort, pleasantly smiling .
INSIDE VIEW OF THE TEMPLE
After visiting the Banke Bihari Ji Temple , we went in the Vrindavan Market. As it was a quite bright and sunny day , we went into a Lassi Shop. He served us Lassi in a Kulhad ( a cup made by mud ).It really cooled us and its flavour was really very tasty and delicious. Then we went into a shop to have breakfast. Then again got into our cars as our next destination was Iskon Temple.
Srila Prabhupada founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in New York in 1966. He was the founder of Iskcon Temple. This temple is very beautiful made with white marble and very clean not even a single point of dust.
Photography is not allowed there inside. But we know some officials there as we are regular donaters in Iskcon Temple. So we clicked some pics with their permission.
The Murtis were really looking very beautiful. Some more pics to depict the beauty.
HARE RAMA HARE KRISHNA
Then the officials took us to their office where we sat down and had tasty Curry Chawal . It is true that the temple lunch tastes much better than the hotel lunch.
HARE RAMA HARE KRISHNA
After visiting the Iskon Temple , then we went to the Dharamshala which had to be inaugurated. Then the Hawan was done. Then they served the Bhandara or the lunch.After the lunch we went to the first floor. As all the rooms were empty we two familes took some rest there. It was a very posh dharamshala made fully with white marble.
Night view of Iskcon Temple. This pic was from my earlier visit.
After taking some rest , still some time was left we left for Mathura. After reaching Mathura , we first went to Brijwasi Sweets (The most famous sweets shop there )to buy the famous Mathura Ke Pede.
Then we went to visit the Janam Bhumi of Kord Krishna.The temple is the place where lord is said to have been born thousands of years ago.
JANAM BHUMI OF LORD KRISHNA
This temple has a very high security. No camera or mobile is allowed there inside. This temple has a prison cell.The prison cell,popularly known as ‘Garbha Griha’, is the exact place where lord Krishna was born. The stone walled cell depicts the cruelty of King Kansa.
As it was a hot afternoon , even our feet were burning . Also in the temple a tunnel or a gufa is made which depicts the whole journey of Lord Krishna. All kids really like it.
By this time it was evening , and we decided to start back our journey as by now we were really tired. This time we stopped at Hotel Dubchick at Hodal for some evening snacks and tea time. These are the real ducks. They are so united , that when one turns all the other ducks start seeing in that direction. Take a look
DUBCHICK RESTAURANT AT HODAL
There was a traffic jam at Palwal. So it took some time there. We reached our place around 10 pm and it took around 4:30 hrs from Mathura. This trip was hectic covering about 310 KM in a single day , not just driving but roaming around in all the temples , the whole day but we still enjoyed it.
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