Vrindavan’s Prem Mandir: A Holy Playground of Lord Krishna
Prem Mandir Vrindavan
Prem Mandir is a Hindu temple in Vrindavan, Mathura in UP. It is maintained by Jagadguru Kripalu Maharaj, an international non-profit, educational, spiritual, and a charitable trust.The complex is on a 54-acre site on the outskirts of Vrindavan and is dedicated to Lord Radha Krishna and Sita Ram. The temple structure was established by Jagadguru Kripalu Maharaj, the fifth Figures of Shri Krishna and his followers depicting important events surrounding the Lord’s existence cover the main temple. Construction began in January 2001 and the inauguration ceremony took place from 15 February to 17 February 2012 The temple was opened to the public on 17 February. The cost was 150 crore rupees. The presiding deities are Shri Radha Govind (Radha Krishna) and Shri Sita Ram. A 73,000 square feet, pillar-less, dome-shaped Satsang hall is being constructed next to Prem Mandir, which will accommodate 25,000 people at a time.
The foundation stone was laid by Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj in the presence of thousand devotees on 14 January 2001. It took 1000 artists about 12 years to build the complex.The Vrindavan site was developed by Kripalu Ji Maharaj, whose main ashram was at Vrindavan. He dedicated the gift of love to Shri Vrindavan Dham.Prem Mandir is constructed entirely of Italian marble. The total dimensions of the temple including its flag are 125 ft. high, 190 ft. long and the 128 ft. wide raised platform serves as the seat of the two-storeyed white monument.A circumambulation route has been constructed on the mandir Prangan, the platform of the temple, enabling visitors to view the 48 panels depicting the pastimes of Shri Radha Krishna which are carved on the outer walls of the temple. The thickness of the walls of the Garbha-Griha is 8 ft to bear the weight of huge Shikhar, Swarna Kalash and the Flag. 84 panels set up on the temple’s exterior display the pastimes of Shri Krishna depicted on Shrimad Bhagavatam.
How to reach Prem Mandir : Mathura is a holy place related with Bhagwan Shri Krishna and you will find that entire Mathura always remains in the essence of Shri Krishna saying “Radhe –Radhe’’. Mathura is well connected from Indian railway on New Delhi –Mumbai railway line and is about 150 Km away from the capital city of India, New Delhi. Nearest Airport is Agra (50 Km) or New Delhi. Vrindavan is 10 Km away from the main city of Mathura and you can opt each medium of transportation on road from Mathura to Vrindavan.
What to See : Vrindavan is known as the city of temples itself , so there are countless temples there but you must visit Prem Mandir , Bankey Bihari Mandir , Pagal Baba Mandir and offcourse ISKON temple . If you have spare time in your schedule, you should have a walk on the banks of Yamuna .
When to visit : Mathura remain very hot in summer and temperature rises upto even 46 deg on the scale , so I would suggest that if you are willing to go there , make your plan in winter . Most of the temples in Vrindavan remains closed from 12 to 4 PM and I would suggest you that you should visit this place in evening so that you can feel and can see its different colors.