Bankey Bihari Mandir is situated in Vrindavan City in the district of Mathura.
The temple is devoted to Lord Krishna and it lies very close to the famous
Radhaballabh Ji Temple. The name of the temple is derived from two words namely
Bankey, meaning ‘a bent in three places’, and Bihari, meaning ‘a supreme
enjoyer’. This temple is one of the seven temples dedicated to Thakur of
Vrindavan. The idol of Lord Krishna standing in his Tribhanga posture is firmly
fixed inside the temple. The Lord was earlier was worshipped as Kunj-Bihari by
of Kunj-Bihari was gifted to Swami Haridas by the saintly couple Shyama and
Shyam. It is said that impressed by the devotion, the Lord appeared in-person
in front of the devotees and left-back stunning black impression before
disappearing into the thin air. Bhiariji is worshipped in a unique way and
there are three sets of rituals to be followed- Shringar, Rajbhog, and Shayan.
The first two rituals are performed in the forenoon and consist of bathing, dressing,
and adorning the idol with jewelry and feasting respectively. Shayan Sewa,
which means evening sleep, is offered
during the evening.
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Attractions of Banke
Banke Bihari Temple is one of the holiest
places in India. Known for its serene environment and spiritual aura, the
temple is visited by a lot of devotees all throughout the year. The idol of
Bankey Bihari Ji is worshiped and given a childlike care by the priests and the
Architecture of Banke Bihari Temple
Inspired by the Rajasthani style of
architecture, Banke Bihari Temple represents a splendid work of construction of
the rich bygone era. The temple has not lost its charm even after 150 years.
History of Banke Bihari
Banke Bihari temple was built during the year
1864 with assistance from Goswamis. Shri Swami Haridas was gifted this idol by
the cosmic couple Shyama and Shyam, and later he brought this idol to
Vrindavan. The statute of Lord Krishna is much older and was worshipped in a
place named Nidhivan.
Best time to visit
The suitable time to visit this place is
during the monsoons season. The weather is pleasant and with occasional
rainfall, the freshness in the air is rejuvenated.
Photography is strictly prohibited inside the
How to Reach Banke Bihari Temple
Vrindavan is situated on Delhi-Agra national highway
2. The temple is well connected with both state and private bus services from
major cities like Mathura, Agra, Delhi, etc. The temple is about 7 km inside of
the highway, so once you get down of the bus, you can hire tempos and rickshaw
to the temple.