Temples in Mathura and Vrindavan

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Temples in Mathura and Vrindavan

There are several places in India that are home to several temples and shrines of the Hindu religion and the other. However, Mathura and Vrindavan hold a special place when it comes to holy Hindu shrines. The two towns together, are known to be the birthplace of Hindu God Lord Krishna and also where he grew up and spent most of his early years. There are several magnificent temples in Mathura and Vrindavan presided by the aforesaid deity along with Radha Ji. Boasting of divine peace and calm, these beautiful temples in Mathura and Vrindavan are not to be missed even if you are just a passing tourist. Constructed in beautiful architectural style and known for their age old history, the temples are also popular among history buffs. Take a look at the list of the most popular temples in Mathura and Vrindavan given below.

Here is the list of 34 Temples in Mathura and Vrindavan

1. Radha Vallabh Mandir, Mathura

Situated near Gotam Nagar on the cliff near Bankey Bihari temple is the Radha Vallabh Mandir, one of the seven temples of Thakur of Vrindavan. This temple is the epitome of the sacred and divine love of Radha and Krishna, displayed in the rarest form 'Ras-bhakti'. Enshrined by Lord Krishna, the temple does not have a deity of Radha. Instead, it has a crown placed next to Lord Krishna to signify her presence. Radha Vallabh Mandir stands out due to its striking architecture and magnificence decor.

Timings: All Days 5:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 4:30 PM - 10:30 PM

2. Bhuteshwar Mahadev Mandir, Mathura

Bhuteshwar Mahadev Mandir is a revered Hindu temple situated in Garravkendra, Mathura dedicated to Lord Shiva, also known as Bhuteshwar Mahadev. It is also a Shaktipeeth where the ringlet of Mata Sati fell after her body was destroyed. The shrine is considered auspicious and unique as it is one of the very few temples in the city which is not dedicated to Lord Krishna.

Timings: 5:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 4:30 PM - 10:30 PM

3. Gopeshvar Mahadev Temple, Mathura

Situated in Vashimat in Vrindavan, Mathura, Gopishvar Mahadev Temple is Lord Gopeshwar - the incarnation of God Shiva in a feminine form. The idol is decorated and decked up imagining it to be a female friend (Sakhi) of Lord Krishna. The shrine is especially popular among the devotees and is visited by pilgrims from far and wide.

Timings: All Days 5:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM

4. Chamunda Devi Temple, Mathura, Mathura

Situated on the Chamunda Devi Marg in Mathura, Chamunda Devi Temple is one of the 51 shaktipeeth.

Timings: All Days 6:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

5. Dauji Mandir, Mathura

In close proximity to the southeastern region of Mathura, about 18 kilometres from the city is one of the most revered temples of the country, the Dauji Mandir. The temple has stood for over 5000 years since 1535 AD and is one of the oldest temples in the city. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Balarama, who was the elder sibling of Lord Krishna. Devotees and pilgrims from all over the country gather at the temple to offer prayers in the holy abode of Baladev manifestation of the Lord Vishnu.

Timings: All Days 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

6. Dwarkadhish Temple, Mathura, Mathura

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The Dwarkadhish temple, touted as one of the holiest temples in the city of Mathura, is famous all over the country for its elaborate architecture and paintings. Built only in the year 1814, the temple is relatively new but is highly revered. Situated within the perimeter of the city's holy gate, near the ghats of River Yamuna, the temple and its surroundings are a hub of a lot of interesting activities. Thousands of devotees arrive here every day to pay their obeisance.

Timings: All Days 6:30 AM - 10:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

7. Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple , Mathura

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Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple is located in the holy city of Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. It is built around the prison cell in which Lord Krishna’s parents, Mata Devaki and Vasudeva were imprisoned by his evil uncle Kansa. The temple is of great significance for the Hindus as it is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna.

Timings: All Days 5:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

8. Rangji Temple, Mathura, Mathura

Rangji Temple is situated on the Vrindavan - Mathura Marg in Vrindavan, Mathura. Dedicated to Lord Sri Goda Ranagamannar - a South indian goddess and Lord Ranganatha - an incarnation of God Vishnu, the temple also follows a south Indian architectural pattern for its insides. But has been designed in the North Indian fashion from outside.

Timings: All Days 5:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

9. Banke Bihari Mandir, Vrindavan

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Shri Banke Bihari Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna in the holy city of Vrindavan in the Mathura district. One of the most revered shrines in the country, this temple is among the 7 temples of Thakur of Vrindavan which also include Sri Radhavallabh Ji, Shri Govind Dev Ji and four others.

Timings: All Days 7:45 AM - 12:00 PM, 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

10. Prem Mandir, Vrindavan

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Imbued with elegance and grandeur, the Prem Mandir is a massive temple that was shaped by Jagadguru Shri Kripaluji Maharaj in the year 2001. Known as "Temple of God's love", this grand religious place is dedicated to Radha Krishna as well as Sita Ram. Located in Vrindavan, the holy city in the district of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, the temple is enveloped with piousness and serenity.

Timings: All Days 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM

11. Radha Raman Temple, Vrindavan

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Located about 2 kilometers from the Vrindavan Railway Station is one of the most revered early modern Hindu temples in Vrindavan, the Radha Raman Temple. It is dedicated to Lord Krishna, who is considered to be Radha Raman, meaning one who gives pleasure to Radha.

Timings: All Days 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

12. ISKCON Vrindavan, Vrindavan

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Also known as Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Mandir, ISKCON Vrindavan is a dream fulfilled of Swami Prabhupada (the founder-acharya of ISKCON), who wished to build a temple for the brothers - Krishna and Balaram - in the same holy city where they played together several centuries ago.

Timings: All Days 4:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM

13. Katyayani, Vrindavan

Being one among the 51 Shakti peeths, the Katyayani Peeth in Vrindavan is also known as Uma Shakti Peeth. The Katyayani Peeth temple in Vrindavan, also known as Uma Shakti Peeth is one of the 51 Shakti peeths in the country and is a must-visit for anyone who comes to Vrindavan. One should definitely come to Katyayani Peeth at least once in a lifetime to celebrate Navratri or Vijaya Dashami.

Timings: All Days 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

14. Shahji Temple, Vrindavan

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The Shahji temple was built in the year 1876 by Shah Kundan Lal and is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The main deity here is known as Chhote Radha Raman. Its impressive marble structure features 12 beautiful spiral columns of a height of 15 feet each and also the Basanti Kamra which is a hall with Belgian glass chandeliers and intricate paintings placed within.

Timings: All Days 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

15. Gokulnanda, Vrindavan

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Situated between Keshi Ghat and Radha Raman Temple in Vrindavan, Radha Gokulananda Temple was created by Lokanath Goswami and contains idols of Radha Vinoda, Radha Gokulananda and Lord Chaitanya. Although the temple has no elaborate structure, it still holds great significance amongst Hindus and Lord Krishna devotees.

Timings: All Days 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

16. Gopeshwar Mahadev Temple, Vrindavan

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Gopeshwar Mahadev Temple is one of the oldest temples in Vrindavan, located in close vicinity to the holy Yamuna River. The temple is revered for the Shiva Linga which was established here by the great-grandson of Lord Krishna, Vrajanabha. Thousands of devotees visit this shrine in Vrindavan to worship Lord Shiva as this temple is one of the few in town that is associated with Shiva.

Timings: All Days 5:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM

17. Govind Devji Temple, Vrindavan

Sitting on the laps of the very town where the Hindu God, Lord Krishna is believed to have spent his childhood, the Govind Devji Temple stands as an architectural marvel since the past five centuries. The temple, built of red sandstone, is dedicated to Lord Krishna in his childhood home.

Timings: All Days 4:30 AM - 12:30 PM, 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

18. Sri Ranganatha Temple, Vrindavan

Vrindavan is popularly known as the “town of temples” and the “Land of God”. The Sri Ranganatha Temple is a prominent and famous temple located in this beautiful town. It is also the largest temple in the vicinity. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his consort, Lakshmi. The Sri Ranganatha Temple also showcases the idols of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana along with Lord Narasimha, Venugopala and Ramanujacharya.

Timings: All Days 5:30 AM - 6:30 PM

19. Birla Mandir Mathura, Mathura

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Located about 6.5 kms from the Mathura junction on the outskirts of Mathura on the Vrindavan - Mathura Road is the famous Birla Mandir, also known by the name of Gita Mandir. It is a prominent Hindu pilgrimage site frequented by pilgrims and tourists alike. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Lakshmi Narayan.

Timings: During Summer - 5:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM; During Winter - 5:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 8:30 PM

20. Jai Gurudev Mandir, Mathura

Also known as Naam Yog Sadhna Mandir, Jaigurudev Mandir is dedicated to Baba Jai Gurudev, located on the National Highway 2, between Delhi and Agra. The celebrated man is a revered guruji among the devotees and he also runs a charitable organization and ashram. The temple hosts an annual Bhandaar festival which attracts hordes of pilgrims.

Timings: All Days 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

21. Govardhan Hill, Mathura

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Govardhan Hill or the Giri Raj is situated at a distance of 22 km from Vrindavan. It has been stated in the Holy Bhagwat Gita that according to Lord Krishna, Govardhan Parvat is not different from him. Therefore, all his worshipers worship the pure rocks of the hill just like they worship his idol. The hill is made up of sandstone and stands 80 ft tall with a circumference of 38 km. Some interesting places one gets to visit the hills including Mansi Ganga, Mukharvind, and Daan Ghati.

Timings: All Days 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

22. Nidhivan Temple

Nidhivan Temple is a secluded temple in the city of Vrindavan which is tucked up amidst dense green forests. It is dedicated to Banke Bihari andis associated with a lot of local legends. It is believed to be the sacred abode of Lord Krishna. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple is enshrined by gorgeous idols of Radha and Krishna. In addition to that, there is a small well near the shrine within the premises, which is of divine importance.

Timings: During Summer - 5:00 AM - 8:00 PM; During Winter 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

23. Uma Shakti Peeth

Uma Shakti Peeth, also known as Katyayani Peeth Temple is a revered Hindu Temple in the holy city of Vrindavan which is also one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. Enshrined by Goddess Katyayani, a manifestation of Goddess Parvathi, the temple is known for its beautiful architecture, white marble walls and study pillars supporting the structure. In addition to that, the temple is also home to four other shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Lakshmi Narayan, Lord Ganesh and Lord Surya.

Timings: All Days 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

24. Shri Gopinath Ji Temple

Shri Gopinath Ji is considered to be one of the oldest temples in the Vrindavan Dham. The main deities of the temple are Radha and Krishna Ji. The temple also has idols of Ananga Manjari, Vishakha and Lalitha. The premises also houses the samadhi of Shri Madhu Pandit Ji who is believed to be the first person to serve Gopinath Ji.

Timings: All Days 4:30 AM - 12:30 PM, 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

25. Priyakant Ju Temple

Priyakant Ju is considered to be one of the most beautiful temples in Vrindavan. The central building is nestled in the lap of a magnanimous lotus which is surrounded by a tiny water pond. Like most other temples in the city, this one is also enshrined by the idols of Radha and Krishna Ji, which are collectively called the Priyakant Ju. Evenings are the best time to visit the place as the entire complex is lit up in pretty lights.

Timings: All Days 6:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM

26. Madan Mohan Temple

Madan Mohan Temple is known to be the oldest temple in Vrindavan. Nestled at the top of a 50 feet hill called the Aditya Tile, the temple is not only a revered pilgrimage spot of the Hindus but also attracts tourists alike as it offers beautiful views of the township below.

Timings: All Days 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

27. Jaipur Temple

Jaipur Temple is an opulent temple in Vrindavan which is popular for its striking architecture. The entire sandstone temple has been carved out of a single rock which makes it all the more appealing for the tourists. Besides, the huge altar, intricate craftsmanship and delicate patterns on the walls make the temple stand out from the ordinary. It is frequented by a number of tourists in addition to the regular pilgrims.

Timings: All Days 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM

28. Shree Swaminarayan Mandir

Located at Kampughat near Police Chowki in Mathura, Shree Swaminarayan Mandir is a revered Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and Radha Ji.

Timings: All Days 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

29. Shri Rangeshwar Mahadev Sirsama Bagichi

Shri Rangeshwar Mahadev Sirsama Bagichi Temple is one of the very few temples in Mathura that is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Rangeshwar Mahadev. The temple boasts of huge archways and striking architecture. And the presiding deity is bedecked in colourful clothes and floral jewellery.

Timings: All Days 5:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

30. Peepleshwar Mahadeo Temple

Peepleshwar Mahadeo Temple is another one of the for Shiva temples situated in the city of Mathura. It is believed that to go on a blessed and a fruitful pilgrimage to ‘Braj Mandal Region’, blessings from any one of these four temples are of supreme importance. This temple is comparatively smaller and is presided by a humble Shiva Lingum which is adorned in a modest silk cloth.

31. Yam Yamuna Temple

Also known as Yamuna-Dharamraj Temple, Yum Yamuna Temple is situated near the Vishram Ghat in Mathura. The temple boasts of silver gilds in the exterior with a cosy door which you can only enter if you bend a little. The interiors of the temple are pretty simple where the presiding deities Yum and Yamuna. The deities made in black stone stand in the heart of the room and are known to be around 4900 years old.

32. Shri Adi Varaha Temple

Located near the famous Dwarkadheesh Temple in Mathura, Shri Adi Varaha Temple holds the reputation of being one of the oldest in the city. The fact that makes the temple unique and different from others is that the presiding deity i.e. Shri Adi Varaha is red in colour and is called 'Lal Varaha'. The temple opens from 6:30 in the morning to 10:30 AM. And then again from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM (summers), or 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM (winters).

33. Keshav Dev Temple

Keshav Dev Temple is situated on the land behind the Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple in Mathura. It holds significant historical importance as it was believed to be the ground where Lord Krishna was held, prisoner. Later, a temple was constructed at the site which was rebuilt several times throughout history. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, the temple stays flooded with pilgrims especially during Janmashtami.

Timings: All Days 5:00 AM - 9:30 PM

34. Shri Jugal Kishor Ji Mandir

Shri Jugal Kishore Ji Mandir is situated near the Keshi Ghat in Mathura and therefore also goes by the name of Keshi Ghat Temple. Believed to be one of the four oldest temples in the city, the temple was constructed in 1727 A.D. Built in red sandstone, the temple boasts of a grand architectural style and is presided by the original deity of Jugal Kishor Ji.

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