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Bankey Bihari Temple

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The Bankey Bihari temple was constructed in 1864 with the contribution of Goswamis. After the construction of the temple, Goswamis transferred the idol to this temple. Bankey bihari ji is worshiped and looked after as a child. Swami Haridas was the reincarnation of Lalita ‘sakhi’ (female friend), of the inner consortium of Lord Krishna. By tradition, the Sewa is performed by descendents of Jagannath Goswami till date.The temple is an architectural beauty in itself and follows the contemporary Rajasthani style.  There are no bells or conch in the temple because Bankey Bihari does not like the sound of bells or conch.

Pandit: Nikhil Goswami

Address: 143, Brahm Ganga Kunj,Bihari Pura,Vrindavan (Mathura) India

Contact Number: 91-9897919717

How To Reach:

By Road: Vrindavan is situated on Delhi-Agra NH- 2 and the various buses runs between the Agra and Delhi. Temple is 7 km. away from National Highway. Getting to Temple is very easy as there are frequent tempos and rickshaw available throughout the day. Mathura is just 12 km away. Frequent buses, tempos and taxies runs between Mathura and Vrindavan.

By Train: The major railway station nearby is Mathura on the Delhi-Chennai and Delhi-Mumbai main line. Several express and passenger trains connect Mathura from other major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Calcutta, Gwalior, Dehradun, Indore, and Agra. Though Vrindavan itself is a railway station.  A rail bus runs between Vrindavan and Mathura 5 round in a day.

By Air: The nearest airport is Agra just 67 km away from Vrindavan. The nearest international airport is Delhi, which is connected to almost every important city in the world with major airlines. There are regular flights to other important tourist destinations of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chennai etc.

History

Inside the temple premise, the image of Bihariji installed is the one granted to Swami Haridas by the celestial couple Shyama -Shyam themselves. Devotees say the Lord himself appeared in person with his divine consort and left back a black charming image before disappearing.

Legends say Swami Haridas ji was born to Shri Ashudhir and his wife Smt Gangadevi on the day of Radha Ashtami . Radha- Ashtami was famed as the eighth day of second (bright) fortnight of Bhadrapad month of the year 1535 Vikrami. As per the mythology he was born in a small village which is now known as Haridaspur, near Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh. The linage of the family can be dated back to Shri Gargacharya. Shri Gargachrya was the kulguru (family guru) of Yadavs and visited Brij for conducting the Namkaran Samskar (naming ceremony) of young Krishna and Balram on the request of Sri Vasudev. And then the branch of the family shifted to Multan which is now in Pakistan.

Festivals Observed

There is a different and unique style of celebrating every festival in Bankey Bihari temple. Temple is decorated with lights and various types of flower according to festival. The sewa of the Bihariji is unique in its own way. It is performed in three parts every day i.e Shringar, Rajbhog and Shayan. While shringar (which includes bath, dressing and adornment with jewellery like crown and necklaces) and Rajbhog(feast) is offered in the forenoon, Shayan Sewa (shayan means sleep) is offered in the evening.

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  +91-9897919717

  143, Brahm Ganga Kunj, Bihari Pura, Vrindavan, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh 281121, India