South of Delhi, near the place of Krishna’s birth, is the town of 5,000 temples where the sounds of celebration constantly resound. Vrindavan was the actual place where Krishna spent his childhood. In some ways, it has retained the characteristics of a village with its narrow streets and many cows that wander around freely. The village had once belonged to cowherds and still the Hindus who live here revere the cows.
Vrindavan is such a pious place where the flower of devotion can bloom fully. In Braj, there is no spot at all which is not related to the pastimes of Radha and Krsna. Here one views the pastimes of Radha and Krsna in the literature, culture, music and the devotional atmosphere The essence of Vrindavan is presented in the enchanting sagas of Radha and Krsna. They stand as a timeless beacon – that sheds a wonderful light that has endured through the centuries and even still today, fascinating people from the world over.
Although Vrindavan is not actually where Krishna is believed to have been born, it is here that he performed many of his naughty childhood antics playing with ball with his fellow cowherds, stealing butter from the homes of the villagers and hiding the clothes of cow herding girls (the gopis) as they bathed in the river. However, today the scenery of the city is not much the same as the river has now meandered away while the flourishing woods have long since disappeared. Despite some wooded parkland that has been maintained, the details of Krishna’s life have been shrouded by the myths and legends and the only witness to his validity as a historical figure is borne out by ancient scriptures like the Mahabharata that records great battles that were once waged in this region.
Location:In Uttar Pradesh, 151 km south of Delhi.
Significance:Land of Lord Krishna.
Climate:Vrindavan faces extreme climate with hot and humid summers and chilly winters. The maximum temperature during the summer reaches around 45°C while the lowest in winters can be around 5°C.
According to the Scriptures, “Shri Krishn never sets His foot outside Vrindavan.” In the Garga Samhita it is mentioned that, “My heart will not be at pleasure where there is no Vrindavan, no Yamuna, no Govardhan.” According to the Holy Scriptures, Vrindavan is the forest of Tulasi (Vrinda). It is stated in the Padma Purana “wherever there is a Tulasi Garden, there also exists the association of Krishn. In that place, all the Gods, including Brahma and Laxmi, come to offer worship to Krishn, the Supreme Lord, in His abode” Bhakti Devi was captivated by contacts with Vrindavan, hence the greatest of glories to Shri Vrindavan Dham where Bhakti is dancing everywhere.”