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"The Birthplace of Mata Radha"

Barsana Tourism

Barsana is a place of historical significance which is located in the district of Mathura at Uttar Pradesh, India. The town is nicknamed as the Birthplace of Mata Radha as the Hindu goddess Radha was born in this city.

Barsana is also called as Vrishabhanupura, named after the founder Vrishabhanu Maharaj, who is the father of Shri Radha. The town has many places of visit which are of religious and ancient significance.

The beautiful city is situated around two hills, namely, Brahma Hill and Vishnu Hill, which have four peaks in the region of Braj. According to popular beliefs, these peaks are the heads of Lord Brahma. Each of these peaks has a temple which are of religious significance. The city is also popular for the grand celebration performed during the Holi festival.

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Places to Visit

1. Shri Radha Rani Temple
The temple is situated at the hilltop at less than a kilometre from the heart of the city. The temple is open from 5:00 AM to 2:00 PM and from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The main deity is Goddess Radha whose idol is placed in a beautifully decorated sanctum within the temple. It is one of the oldest temples in Barsana, which is over 5000 years old.

2. Rangeeli Mahal
Rangeeli Mahal was founded in 1966, which is 1.3 kilometres from the city. It has a vast Satsang hall which is decorated in grandeur with depictions of Shri Radha Krishna's pastimes.

3. Shri Radha Sarovar
The little pond is also referred to as the Gahvar Kund. It is located 1.4 kilometres from the centre of the city. It is believed that Shri Radha used to visit this pond with her friends during her early years.

4. Kushal Bihari Temple
The famous temple is located less than a kilometre from the city. The temple is dedicated to queen Kushal Kanwarji who was a devotee of Lord Krishna. The main temple has a black stone idol of Kushal Beharji and another beautiful idol of Shri Radha.

Local Food and Restaurants

Barsana is famous for the classic North-Indian chaats which are available across various stalls and shops around the city. Shri Radha Rani Chaat Bhandar shop is a renowned chaat shop in town serving a variety of chaat items. Also, many unique recipes of Lassi are made which are sold in most restaurants. Most localities also like traditional North-Indian thali.

Holi - Colourful Festivities

Holi in Barsana is celebrated in grandeur. The town has two unique versions of Holi called Laddu Holi and Lathmaar Holi.

Laddu Holi
The first day of Holi is celebrated as Laddoo Holi which is believed to have been the day when Lord Krishna visited Barsana. Laddoo, a traditional sweet in India which are ball-shaped are thrown from the top of Shri Radha temple, and the devotees try to catch them. These laddoos are the prasad or holy offerings.

Lathmaar Holi
Lathmaar Holi can be translated as Holi with stick beatings. It is believed that Lord Krishna used to tease Radha and her friends whenever he used to visit the city and the girls used to chase him away. Similarly, Lathmaar Holi is celebrated by the men provoking the women who in turn hit them with sticks. The men use shields to protect themselves from the thrashing.

Birth place of Mata Radha

Barsana is said to be the birthplace of the Mythological character Mata Radha or Goddess Radha. Daughter of Shri Vrishbhanu and Mata Kriti, Lord Shri Krishna is said to have abundantly loved her. The city is surrounded by many places where Goddess Radha spent her times with her Sakhis and Lord Krishna. There are many religious temples dedicated to Goddess Radha and Shri Krishna. The hills, ponds and many other places speak of the ways Radha spent time in Barsana.

History of Barsana

Barsana was initially called as Brahmasaran and is a very prominent place in the Hindu mythology as it is the birthplace of Goddess Radha. According to popular beliefs and epics like Padma Puran and Varaha Puran, Brahmaji performed prayers and austerities to please Lord Krishna. Contended by Lord Brahma's prayers, Lord Krishna blessed him with a boon to become a hill on the auspicious land of Barsana. The city of Barsana is now situated around this hill. The hill has four peaks which indicate the four heads of Lord Brahma. The taller hill is the Brahma hill, and a black hill next to it is the Vishnu hill. On another peak, there is a palace of Vrishabhanu and is called as Vrishabhanugarh. The fourth peak is called as Vilasgarh. There is also another peak called Maangarh where Shri Ragha was believed to go when she was angry with Lord Shri Krishna. Shri Krishna is said to have collected taxes in the form of curd and butter in a hill called Daangarh.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

The city is of great historic and religious significance. There are beautiful temples and ponds to visit within the city.

What's Not So Great?

There are no adventurous and fun places to visit. Also, it is not the ideal for clubbers.

For Whom?

People who are intrigued about history and are spiritually inclined must visit this beautiful city.

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