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Label : Must Visit

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Timings : Summer: 4:30 AM - 12:45 PM and 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM Winter: 4:30 AM - 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 8:15 PM

Time Required : 1 - 2 hours

Entry Fee : No entry fee

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Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Mandir

ISKCON Vrindavan Temple, Vrindavan Overview

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. Located in the Raman Reti area of Vrindavan, ISKCON temple has become the major attraction in the city and is thronged by devotees from nearby Delhi and all over the world. People visiting the divine temple are spellbound by the Aarti and Bhagavad Geeta classes held here every day.

The three altars at ISKCON Vrindavan are the seats of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, Shri Krishna and Balaram and Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundara along with Lalita and Vishakha. The presiding deity of the temple, however, is Lord Krishna-Balaram. There are two idols on the central slab of the temple which depict Krishna and Balarama, who were brothers. On the right dais are the idols of their friends. On the left side is a statue of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu with Nityananda, and of Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and his spiritual coach Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. Krishna-Balaram Mandir implements great ethics of hygiene and deity adoration in the whole of Vrindavan.

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ISKCON Vrindavan Aarti Timings

Morning - Aarti Mangla at 5:00 AM, Aarti Tulsi at 5:30 AM, Guru Pooja at 7:15 AM, Pravachan at 7:30 AM, Aarti Shringar at 8:30 AM, Aarti Rajbhog at 12:00 PM

Evening - Aarti Dhoop at 4:30 PM, Aarti Sandhya at 6:30 PM, Geeta Pravachan at 7:30 PM, Aarti Sayan at 8:00 PM

Architecture of ISKCON Vrindavan

One can spot the magnificent ISKCON temple right after entering the holy land of Vrindavan. The temple is constructed out of white marble and adorned with pieces of stones that catch one's eyes at the very first sight. The splendid edifice in white is blessed with three altars. The central altar is dedicated to the brothers, Krishna and Balaram. The other two altars are dedicated to Sri Gaur Nitai and Sri Radha Shyamasundar.

The galleries of the temple display various pictures of Lord Krishna, depicting various frolicking scenes of his life. The courtyard of the temple has beautiful verandah surrounding it which have wall paintings of Sri Radha-Krishna and Sri Gaur-Nitai hung on them. The principal deity of the temple which is the image of Krishna and Balaram is placed under the central spire or shikhar of the temple. The images of other deities are located among side the central shrine and well ornamented. The temple is huge and has been divided into various sections to carry out religious activities day and night. The first floor of the temple is more like a balcony with 108 flowers painted on the floor.

ISKCON Vrindavan Guesthouse

There is guesthouse named ISKCON Guest House inside the temple campus for accommodation. They provide both AC and Non AC rooms with clean, peaceful and satvik stay facilities for nominal prices such as 2 bed AC room for INR 950 and 3 bed AC room for INR 1600. The rooms are spacious, with attached toilets with geyser. There are rooms for 4 members of a family as well. The Govinda Restaurant is on the ground floor of the guest House where you can have your meals at reasonable prices.

Dress Code, Tips and Etiquettes

The devotees are usually dressed up in traditional dhotis, ghagras and cholis. The ISKCON boarding school that is adjacent to the temple is run on the lines of Gurukul and the students and the gurus that reside there have traditional dhoti kurta as their dress code. The traditional dresses can be bought from the few stalls within the temple premises. 

Tips : 
The best time to visit the temple is during winter months because the summers tend to get extremely hot and uncomfortable. 
You can buy some handmade knick-knacks from the stalls inside the temple if you wish to carry souvenirs back home for your friends and family. 
If you are looking forward to staying in the ISKCON guest house, you must book it in advance because it gets full usually. 

Etiquettes :
One of the most basic etiquette that you must acquire when you enter this temple is to respect the rules and regulations they have put up. For instance, photography is prohibited inside especially in the inner sanctum of the temple, even though you are permitted to carry your mobile phones. There are people who click pictures despite the prohibition sign, but you must abide by the rules of the temple to avoid any mishap. 

How to reach ISKCON Vrindavan

Vrindavan falls under the state of Uttar Pradesh, which is well connected by Air, Rail and Bus routes. It is close to Agra and accessible by local transport. From Delhi, one can take the Yamuna expressway towards Agra from where Vrindavan is 75.7 kilometers away.

  • Rail: One can get down at Mathura station from where Vrindavan is 11.9 kilometers away. Taxis and buses are easily available outside the station.

  • Road: Regular road transport and other luxury buses depart from Delhi and Noida to Vrindavan.

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ISKCON Vrindavan Temple Reviews

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Arti Srivastava

on ISKCON Vrindavan 2 years ago
Divine place where you can feel a very positive energy for life i am totally in love with ISCON vrinadavan whenever I went here felt a positive myself

Manohar Wadhwa

on ISKCON Vrindavan 2 years ago
One Feels visiting this place is Son of Lord Krsna. Like Military person when leave for few days. Goes his house to Meet His Krsna Father. When Meet One can feel the feeling of son and his father Lor (Read More)d Krisna. Hari Bol

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