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Timings : 7:45 AM - 12:00 PM5:30 PM - 9:30 PM(summer)8:45AM - 1:00 PM4:30 PM - 8:30 PM(winter)

Time Required : 1hrs

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Banke Bihari Temple, Bharatpur Overview

Considered to be one of the holiest towns in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Vrindavan houses a beautiful temple that is dedicated to Lord Krishna. Shri Bankey Bihari Mandir, established by Swami Haridas, a guru of the famous singer, Tansen shelters the image of Lord Krishna in the "Tribhanga" posture. This temple was constructed in 1864 and worships Lord Krishna in the form of a child or more accurately called "Nand Gopal". Situated in close proximity to the Radhavallabh temple, Banke Bihari temple constitutes one among the 7 temples of Thakur of Vrindavan. Banke translates into "bent in three places" and Bihari means "Supreme Enjoyer" and therefore the image of Lord Krishna is seen to be bent in three places.

The prominent saint and musician, Haridas Swamiji, not only nurtured great talents such as Tansen but was also considered to be the reincarnation of Lalit 'Sakhi' or female friend of Lord Krishna. Originally worshipped under the name of Kunj-Bihari, the image of Bihariji installed in the Shri Banke Bihari Mandir is considered to be one granted to Swami Haridas by the celestial couple Shyama-Shyam themselves. It is said that the Lord appeared in person with his divine consort and left back a black charming image before disappearing after submitting to the desires of the devotees.

The Seva of the Bihariji is unique in its own way. It is performed in three parts every day ie Shringar, Rajbhog and Shayan. The first part, Shringar (which includes bath, dressing and adornment with jewellery like crown and necklaces) takes place during the morning, Rajbhog(feast) is offered in the forenoon and the Shayan Seva (Shayan means sleep) occurs in the evening.

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Architecture of Banke Bihari temple

The structure of the temple is imbibed from the Rajasthani style of architecture. Even after 150 years, the temple has not lost its charm. In fact, thousands of devotees come to visit this temple everyday.

History of Banke Bihari

This temple was constructed in 1864 with the contribution of Goswamis. After constructing of the temple, Goswamis transferred the idol to this temple. Shri Swami Haridas got Bankey Bihariji to appear in Nidhivan. The idol is much older and was worshipped in Nidhivan till 1863.

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Summer (After Holi)
Darshan (Morning) - 7.45 AM to 12 PM
Shringar Aarti- 8 AM
Rajbhog Aarti-12 PM
Darshan (Evening)- 5.30 PM to 9.30 PM
Shayan Aarti- 9.30 PM


Winter (After Diwali) 

Darshan (Morning)- 8.45 AM to 1 PM
Shringar Aarti- 9 AM
Rajbhog Aarti- 1 PM
Darshan (Evening)- 4.30 PM to 8.30 PM
Shayan Aarti- 8.30 PM

How To Reach Banke Bihari Temple

By Road: Vrindavan is located on the Delhi-Agra NH-2. The temple is 7kms away from the National Highway. There are frequent buses from Delhi to Agra and vice versa. There are several tempos and rickshaws available throughout the day from the highways that reach the temple. There are regular buses, tempos and taxis that run between Mathura and Vrindavan as well.

By Train: The nearest major railway station closest to the temple is the Mathura railway station. Several trains from major cities like Delhi, Agra, Mumbai, Chennai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Calcutta, Gwalior, Dehradun and Indore are well connected to Mathura. Although there is a railway station in Vrindavan, the connection to other significant cities is weak. Hence, from Mathura, there are rail buses that reach Vrindavan and are frequent throughout the day.

By Air: The nearest airport to Vrindavan is the Agra airport which is 67 kms away. The nearest international airport is the Delhi airport to which other major cities, in India and around the world are well connected.

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