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Timings : Summer
5:30 AM to 10:30 AM; 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
6:00 AM to 11:00 AM; 3:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Time Required : 1-2 hours

Entry Fee : no

Sri Ranganatha Temple, Vrindavan Overview

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. This ancient temple is a stunning example of the Dravidian style of architecture. Devotees come here in huge numbers to worship the several deities who preside over this temple.

Sri Ranganatha Temple
The Sri Ranganatha Temple was built in 1851 in true Dravidian style. Seth Radha Krishnan and Gobind Das founded it. It is dedicated to Lord Ranganatha, who is also referred to as Rangji. This deity is believed to be the resting form of Lord Vishnu, who is depicted in his Sheshashayi pose in this ancient temple. His idol rests on the large coils of the Sesha Naga. Devotees flock to this temple to worship Lord Vishnu along with Lord Narasimha, Goddess Sita, Lord Ram, Lord Lakshman, Lord Venugopala and Lord Ramanujacharya. Non-Hindus are only allowed into the courtyard. They are not allowed into the sanctum sanctorum. Non-Indians, on the other hand, are allowed only until the first two gateways.

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Entry and TImings - Sri Ranganatha Temple

Being a place of religious importance, there is no entry fee to the Sri Ranganatha Temple. The temple is open on all days of a year. The summer timings are 5:30 AM to 10:30 AM and then again from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM. During the winter, the temple remains open from 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM and then again from 3:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

Best Time to Visit the Sri Ranganatha Temple

The best time to witness the Sri Ranganatha Temple in all its glory is during the Brahmotsav celebrations. Thousands of devotees from all over the world visit the temple in the month of Chait, which usually corresponds to March/April. The Brahmotsav celebrations take place every year and truly make for a massive festival. Special pujas are performed in the temple, and a rath yatra is also performed. There are dance and song performances, and everyone actively takes part in the festivities.

Architecture - Sri Ranganatha Temple

Seths Gobind Das and Radha Krishnan built this marvellous temple under the able guidance of Swami Rangacharya, a famous Sanskrit scholar and guru. It took 6 years of time and an expenditure of 45 lakhs to complete building the temple. The Sri Ranganatha Temple was built over a massive, sprawling space and it exhibits the Dravidian form of architecture. This beautiful temple boasts of outer walls that are 773 feet in height and 440 feet in breadth. The temple premises have a huge garden and tank on its premises. The outer court’s western entrance was built in Mathura style.

How To Reach Sri Ranganatha Temple

The Sri Ranganatha Temple is situated at a distance of 9 km from Mathura and 41 km from Agra. It is also well connected to Delhi. There are frequent local buses that ply to the temple. Alternatively, tourists can opt for rickshaws or private taxis. You will even find plenty of shared autos heading towards Vrindavan.

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