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Vrindavan
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Vrindavan
Climate
 
Vrindavan faces extreme climate with hot and humid summers and chilly winters. The maximum temperature during the summer reaches around 45C while the lowest in winters can be around 5C.
General Information
 
The place is famous as the spot where Krishna indulged in adolescent pranks like flirting with milkmaids and stealing their clothes while they bathed in the river. Krishna, his brother Balarama and his cowherd friends stole butter, engaged in childhood pranks and fought with demons. Along with these activities, Krishna is also described as meeting Radha. There is very little left of the Jungle itself but one can still find sporadic groves of Tulsi Plant here.
Location
 
Located 15 Kilometers from Mathura
Vrindavan is located just 15 kilometers from Mathura. The place is also connected to the life and times of Krishna. In fact, Vrindavan boasts of the largest cluster of temples in the Braj region. Many of these temples are very old and can be easily classified as 'Ancient Temple'. The place had a large Jungle in the days of Krishna. The town includes many hundreds of temples dedicated to the worship of Radha and Krishna and is considered sacred by a number of religious traditions such as Gaudiya Vaishnavism, Vaishnavism, and Hinduism in general.
There are over 5,000 temples in Vrindavan. Attracting about 500 000 pilgrims every year, mainly during major festivals like Janmashtami, Holi and Radhashtami, it is noted for its numerous temples, both old and modern, big and small, believed to be around 5000 in number!
 
Attractions
Raman Reti
 
It is the place where Krishna and Balarama came with the cowherd boys to play daily, and also the meeting place of Krishna and Radharani every night, before going to Brindavan to enjoy their pastimes.
 
Nidhivana
 
Nidhivana is the place where Radha and Krishna are said to have taken rest after dancing and other conjugal affairs. There is a small temple here known as the 'sleeping temple', which has a bed, where Radha and Krishna are said to take rest in, after enjoying their pastimes here.
 
Samadhis
There are basically three types of samadhis in Brindavana. They are full body, pushpa samadhi, and smriti (memory). Normally a samadhi is placed near a temple or where a devotee did his bhajana. It is said that Jiva Gosvami did bhajana in the exact same place as where his samadhi is located. Lokanatha Gosvami, Bhugarbha Gosvami and Prabodhananda Gosvami all did bhajana at the places where their samadhis are located.
Yamuna River
The beautiful Yamuna, India's most sacred river flows through the transcendental land of Brindavana. From Yamunotri, the Yamuna flows south until it reaches Delhi. It then flows to Braja Mandala through Vrindavana and Mathura. From there it goes through Agra and eventually merges with the Ganges and the underground Saraswati at Prayag (Allahabad). The main reason it is so sacred is because it flows through Vrindavana and Mathura, and was thus intimately connected to Lord Krishna's pastimes. A bath in this river is said to be one hundred times more purifying than a bath in the Ganges. The traditional bathing place of most pilgrims is at Kesi ghata, where Lord Krishna bathed after killing the Kesi demon.
Govinda Dev Temple
Govinda Dev Temple was a grand seven-story structure, with an altar of marble, silver and gold. Architecturally this temple is one of the finest in North India. A sculptured lotus flower weighing several tons decorates the main hall ceiling. It was built in 1590 by Raja Man Singh from Jaipur, a general in Akbar's army. It was said to have cost ten million rupees and several thousand men were working for five full years to complete it.
Jugal Kisore Temple
Jugal Kisore Temple (Kesi ghata temple) is one of the oldest temples of Vrindavan, completed in 1627. After Akbar's visit to Vrindavan in the year 1570, he gave permission for four temples to be built by the Gaudiya Vaisnavas, which were Madana-mohana, Govindaji, Gopinatha and Jugal Kisore. It is sometimes called the Kesi ghata temple, as it is located next to this ghata.
Radha Vallabha Temple
Radha Vallabha Temple is another very popular temple of Vrindavan which was founded by Harivamsa Gosvami. In this temple, there is no Deity of Radharani, but a crown has been placed next to Krishna to signify her presence.
ISKON Temple
Newly constructed ISKON temple is one of the most impressive ones with funds coming from devotees overseas. The marble buildings exude their own brilliance and present an example of intricate carving. It owes its existence to Swami Prabhupada, a Hindu devotee born in Bengal in 1896. Today, ISKON is a worldwide movement with followers from many different ethnic backgrounds.
How to Get Vrindavan
Vrindavan has a small railway station of its own but the major railway station nearby is Mathura, which is connected by express trains to and from major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Calcutta, and Agra. There are three local trains between Mathura and Vrindavan too.

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