India is a country full of sacred places, centers of pilgrimages with
holy rivers, temples and Peeth Sthans. Vrindavan is one such sacred town
situated on the banks of the holy river Yamuna. Vrindavan, around 15 km.
from Mathura, is a major place of pilgrimage, attracting about 5 lakh
pilgrims every year. It is noted for its numerous temples- both old and
modern. Vrindavan is synonymous with childhood of Shri Krishna.
a forest full of basil (a sacred plant for Hindus), where Lord Krishna as a
child and in adolescence used to play and graze his cows along-with other
shepherd boys and girls. It is here that he performed many of his leelas or
games to enlighten the people about his divinity. It is here that great
saints & yogis realized the ultimate, not by going through the rigors of
Hatha Yoga but through Bhakti Yoga or complete surrender to the supreme. It
was surrender in love and not submission, that the great saints became one
with the supreme in the form of Lord Krishna and his divine consort Radha.
Madan Mohan Temple:
The Madan Mohan Temple, built by Kapur Ram Das
of Multan, is located near the Kali Ghat. This is the oldest existing temple
in Vrindavan today. The temple is closely associated with the saint
Chaitanya. The original idol of Lord Madan Gopal was shifted from the shrine
to Karauli in Rajasthan for safe keeping, during Aurangzeb's rule. Today, a
replica of the image is worshiped at the temple.