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ISKCON Temple / Krishna Balaram Mandir

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Distance (From Vrindavan Railway Station): 2 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1-2 Hours

Transportation Options: Cab / Auto

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 2 km from Vrindavan Railway Station, ISKCON Temple, also known as Sri Krishna-Balaram Mandir, is a popular temple situated in Raman Reti, Vrindavan. This is one of the main ISKCON temples in India. The ISKCON Temple was built in the year 1975 and inaugurated on the auspicious occasion of Ram Navami. The foundation of the temple was laid by Swami Prabhupada, the founder of ISKCON. It was the first temple to be constructed by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).

The beautiful white marbled ISKCON temple has three sanctums. The presiding deity of the temple is of Lord Krishna-Balaram, which is housed under the central shrine of the temple. On the right side are Radha Krishna with Lalita and Vishakha. On the left side is a Murti of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu with Nityananda, and Swami Prabhupada and his spiritual teacher Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. Krishna - Balaram Mandir enforces one of the highest standards of cleanliness and of deity worship.

The Samadhi Mandir of Swami Prabhupada is also located in front of the temple. After his demise in 1977, his body was laid to rest here. The house of Swami Prabhupada has been converted into a museum. A guest house, goshala, restaurant and a gurukula are also located here.

Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna, is the main festival celebrated at this temple. The whole temple is decorated with flowers, flags, ribbons and garlands. Rama Navami, Gaura Purnima, Diwali, Annakut, Chandan Yatra, Jhulan Yatra (Swing festival), Kartika (Oct/Nov), Gaura Purnima, Balaram Purnima, Radhashtami and Govardhana Puja are the other festivals that bring special celebration at ISKCON Temple.

Timings: 7 AM - 12 PM and 4 PM - 8.30 PM