VRINDAVAN

IMG_20180619_134716Vrindavan is a town of temples It has 5500 temples of Krishna and Radhe. It is a marvelous place to visit for anybody.You have to see it to believe it . It is land of God.

PREM MANDIR

January 2017 I visited  PREM MANDIR along with my family. I was astonished by the beautiful appearance of the Temple covered with colorful lightings. I was wondering as if it was a day of Diwali ( famous Hindu festival of India).

IMG_20180619_133728The security staff was very cooperative without any compromise with safety. The temple is made of Italian white marble and is carved beautifully. I shall find panels displaying pastimes of Shri Krishna. Inside the temple on the ground floor, one can see Deities of Beautiful Radha and Krishna adorned with eye-catching ornaments and dresses. Beautiful satsang was being sung by few devotees which was very captivating and forced us to join it for a while. While sitting in the arena of Prem Mandir, my eyes noticed a huge chandelier glittering on the roof of Temple. The beauty of it cannot be expressed in words.

IMG_20180619_133155On the first floor, there are Deities of Shree Ram Sita and Shri Hanuman. Then we got chance to see the water fountain. Canteen food served inside was tagged with a reasonable price and was hygienic and delicious.

Mostly white and beautiful temple. Have excellent spiritual displays and landscape. Do stay over in evening for light & fountain Lazer shoe. It has beautiful paintings all around outer walls. Amazing view in changinglight colours.

I recommend all the tourists visiting Vrindavan must see this Divine Abode and  for its beauty and vastness.

Radhavallabh Temple

IMG_20180619_133619One of the ancient and main temples in Vrindavan managed by a family from many generations dedicated to Radha-Krishna. Sri Radha ballabh temple is one of the famous temples of Vrindaban dedicated to Lord Krishna. This temple has a unique construction and beautiful statue of the deity . One can sit in peace and meditate . The ambience is a little chaotic with the constant activities of the devotees , however the spiritual currents run deep here and those interested in

exploring it can visit this place.

 

Please note that many photos posted for this temple are actually from other temples of Vrindavan. It is walking distance from Banke Bihari temple.

Banke Bihari Mandir

Banke Bihari Mandir is one of the seven temples of Thakur of Vrindavan, and it is located near Shri RadhaVallabh Temple. The Banke Bihari temple is the Main temple in Vrindavan. The approach to the temple is by walking through a narrow lane which is flanked by all sorts of shops on either side.The lane itself is quite dirty but there’s no alternate route.

IMG_20180619_133528We entered the Mandir through Gate 2.We had to leave our shoes outside the gate as there’s no provision of any trust / team to take care of our shoes.

Having entered through Gate 2 offered us a magnificent Darshan of the main deity albeit from a distance of around 100 feet. However in my personal opinion this is better than being jostled around if you happen to enter from the 1st door.We stood there for almost 1 minute to absorb the divine Darshan in our eyes and mind. One has to make the way back through the same lane. There are electric rickshaws ready to take you to the next stop.

Beware of monkeys there, if you are wearing any spects then please remove it and take in hand or keep it safe place even if you are wearing that they will took of your spects.

Radha Damodar Temple

IMG_20180619_133441It very nice and simple temple and established in the year 1542 in by Srila Jiva Goswami, a saint from the Gaudiya Vaishnava school of Vedanta. .Temple is situated in Loi bazaar Vrindavan, the temple can be reached by Auto rickshaw. This temple is especially special as it has the Giriraj Charan Shila, given by Lord Krishna himself to Srila Sanatan Goswami a devotee, and principal disciple of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.Here the original deities of Sri Radha Damodar are worshipped. (Lord Krishna is also known as Damodar).

The Shila has four signs on it, Lord Krishna’s foot print, Flute, Stick and Cow’s foot print. It was saying that if you take 4 times parikrama(round of this temple) it gives you the complete benefit of Sri Govardhan Parikrama. Unfortunately I couldn’t do the Parikrama .

Govardhan Mountain

It is situated at a distance of 22 km from Mathura. According to the Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhan Hill during his childhood on one finger to save Mathura from heavy rain.  Specially vaishnav people must come here for “Parikrama” of the hill.

IMG_20180619_133403I went to Vrindavan  with my family  last year. We went there to perform a Parikrama (approx 21 km) People went there often to perform this parikrama barefooted. While we perform a parikrama the place falls on our way, Govardhan village, Radha Kund, Puchhari village, Udhave kund, Mansi Ganga, and Govind kund etc. We have to perform this 21 km long parikrama in a day. Generally, people start this by late night and they finish this by the early morning in around 6 hours and sometimes in just 4 hours. They make groups of 10 to 15 persons and easily they finish this. Things we should know before our plan to go there, don’t carry luggage with us. Carry only water and some fruits of “Chane” for monkeys. Yes, there are  a lot of monkeys on the ways. But they never harm us, just come to us and take fruits of chane from us and that’s it. Lungars are there for the people so don’t take any food or etc with us. Just plan and go there and enjoy the Aurah. Electronic auto available to do parikrama of 21km.

Radha Kund

IMG_20180619_133333Radha kund is a holy bath place where people come and take bath..it is said that all evilness gets washed away while taking bath in shri Radha rani kund.

It is a holy pond which comes in between of world famous goverdhan parikarma. While doing the journey of parikarma, you may find it to be a peaceful halt place. You may also do small worship over here.

Radha Raman Temple

This temple has the oldest deity in Vrindavan and the most beautiful one in my opinion. The temple is maintained by a family tradition, which is the case with many other temples in Vrindavan. Traditional singing in rear court of the temple adds to the divinity of the place. The kirtans(SONG) there are amazing.

IMG_20180619_133305There is no deity of Radha Rani here ,as the deity of Radha Raman is self manifested.
There is a ‘Akhand Jyot’ , Holy Flame manifested in the temple, which till date remains in the service of the Lord for daily worship.

Leave your car in a parking space and take a rickshaw or walk to get there as the roads leading to the temple are narrow.

Krishna Baliram Temple

IMG_20180619_132957Krishna Balaram temple was very beautiful temple  in Vrindavan which is around 15 to 20 km from Mathura and not in remote location. So it is good for you to go there with your own car. This Temple is Lord Krisha and His Brother Balaram temple nice place to see. We have took its visit during our Mathura trip. Peaceful temple made with white marble.

It is temple made of white mosaic and is very beautiful by ISKCON , Also Swami Prabhupada darshan is awesome and enchanting continues filling soul with peace.

Iskcon Temple

The ISKCON temple is worldwide are famous for their serene atmosphere and beautiful idols of the deity Krishna and Radha. The temple at Vrindavan is equally serene, peaceful and so beautiful.It takes you to another dimension of spirituality and Krishna consciousness. Their crowd contrzolling is far better, and the place is managed in a professional way. Their prasadam is yummy and must do for a foodie.

IMG_20180619_132358A must visit place in Vrindavan. Although this temple doesn’t hold the historical value but once you entered the temple you could feel the spiritual mood in you. That may due to the colouring of the idols or the chants  which they play with dance and chanting of

 

“Hare Krishna Hare Rama Hare Krishna Hare Rama”

 takes you to another world.

 

 

The ultimate God, go serve the humanity and preach goodness of bhakti. Krishna temple is for those who wants divine blessings.

Radha Rani Temple

One of the holy place in India and it is also known as birth place of RADHA.  This beautiful temple is situated in Barsana around 20 km from Goverdhan .  it’s a big temple situated on the top of a Bhanugarh hill  built 5,000 years ago. There is a beautiful forest area full of trees and flowers called Gahver Van where Sri Radha used to spend time with her sakhis( friends ) . One can do a parikrama till the temple which is approximately 3 Kms .

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We can visit the temple by car or you can climb 200 or more steps. If we go by car, we shall arrive first at Shri Kushalbihari temple from here Radha rani temple is 10-12 minutes walk.

One gets a beautiful view from atop the temple of Barsana village.

It is best to visit one week before holi ,this place is like alive and most crowded , people from all over the world visit this place ,and special  ludoo and           lathmar    ( stick ) holi is the best thing to watch ,with ancient cultural ways ,folk music ,dance and colors make it alive .

Sevakunj and Nidhuban

This is a must visit place in Vridbavan. The place has over 1600 wild Tulsi trees depicting the Gopikas ( vrindavan girls ). As per folklore Lord krishna comes to meet Radha everyday and people can hear music coming from this place in the night but no one was able to witness it. People who tried to see this, have either died or lost their senses. There is a special room where all Shrigar smagri ( costume & mak up ) is kept everyday along with Prasad. The pujari locks this place, however every morning when they open the premises. The prasad is found eaten and the Shrigar samgri is found disturbed, depicting that lord krishna and Radha had been to the place. A guide can help you with the history of this place and unique features.

IMG_20180619_134612However beware of the pandas in the Balram temple (where they do NAAM DAAN, they charge you hefty sums by telling you compelling stories) . Both these temples are located just outside Nidhavan. Just outside yoh can also see the tree on which lord krishna had hidden the clothes of Radha and her friends.

This place is mysterious!

The major part of the temple is surrounded with huge bushy forests. It is said that these trees are in fact ‘Gopis’. After the evening aarti, all the windows in front of Nidhivan gets closed till the morning. Night stay at Bankey Bihari temple is restricted after sunset. Those who have stayed back have either been found dead or have lost their minds.

There are a lot of monkeys at this place. People feed them food so they are not scared to come near you and snatch your belongings. You have to remove your footwear before you enter the Nidhivan. They charge you a small fee of 2 rupees to look out for your shoes while you are gones Lord Krishna used to do Krishna Leela here. Even today he is supposed to do this here every night. At night, all monkeys and birds disappear from this place. And in morning, there are signs that lord Krishna had come in the night.

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Home Town Of Lord Krishna

India is a country of immense diversity in all fields of life, starting from religious to cultural to historical. Religion has been deeply ingrained into the Indian lifestyle ,which are devoted to fulfilling spiritual desires of people who come to visit these places from far and wide. Mathura is one such place which is considered one of the most sacred lands of India.

Mathura is known as the birthplace of Lord Krishna, an awesome place to visit with family and friends. One can get a whole new experience of traditional culture of India.

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The history of Mathura can be dated back to 2500 years ago. Also known as Brij Bhumi, Mathura is believed to be the land where Shri Krishna was born and spent his youth. Mathura is also mentioned in the Hindu epic Ramayan . Mathura bursts with tourists and pilgrims all through the year who take an active part in the pooja rituals and customs.
Mathura has many temples, both big and small, dotting the entire city, with many of these temples being dedicated to Lord Krishna. The two most important temples in town are the Dwarkadheesh Temple and the Gita Mandir.

Krishna Janam Bhoomi

2017-02-17Shri Krishna Janmbhoomi is a Hindu temple in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. The temple is built around the prison cell where Krishna is said to have been born. It is situated next to Kesava Deo Temple and the Shahi Eid Gah Mosque. Photography is banned inside the complex by the government.

The original temple was built by King Vajra, then later rebuilt by Vikramaditya. The temple is said to have been destroyed and rebuilt 17 times in its history. Today the temple is one of the most frequently visited temples in India .

Dwarkadhish Temple

Screenshot_2018-06-01-20-29-57Dwarkadhish  Temple, touted as one of the holiest temples in the city of Mathura, is famous all over the country for its elaborate architecture and paintings.  It is located near the banks of river Yamuna, close to Vishram Ghat and Gatashram Tila.   It is one of the top places to visit in Mathura and also one of the most visited Mathura temples.

The idol of Lord Dwarkadheesh is made from shiny black stone and it is about 2.25 feet in height. This idol has four hands carrying a mace, a Sudarshana Chakra, a conch and a lotus flower. Apart from the image of Radha-Krishna, the shrine also has images of other Hindu Gods.

Vishram Ghats

Vishram Ghat is a sacred bathing ghat situated on the banks of river Yamuna in Mathura.

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Vishram Ghat is the main ghat of Mathura and is central to 25 other ghats. The ghat is made up of marble stone and has a large stone arch. According to the legend, Lord Krishna is said to have rested at this place after killing Kansa. The name of the ghat is derived from this particular incidence (Vishram means Rest). The Vishram Ghat is one of the most important ghats as the traditional parikrama starts and ends at this place. The parikrama is the circumambulation of all the major religious and cultural places of Mathura.

Kusum Sarovar

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Kusum Sarovar is 450 feet long and 60 feet deep tank and features a flight of stairs on all sides. The Sarovar is believed to be the place where Radha along with Gopikas used to collect flowers and meet Lord Krishna. Kadamba trees are found all over the place and it is said that Kadamba tree was the favorite tree of Lord Krishna. During the time of Lord Chaitanya (a great devotee of Lord Krishna), this place was known as Sumanah Sarovar. It is stated in the Chaitanya Charitamrita that Lord Chaitanya took bath here.

Birla Temple/ Gita Mandir

Gita Mandir was built by Jugal Kishore Birla, the famous Birla group in memory of his parents and all the 18 chapters of Bhagavad Gita are written on the pillars of this temple.

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This temple has breathtaking architecture accompanied with beautiful carvings and paintings that add to the beauty of this temple. The temple is large and looks magnificent in red sandstone and it also stands as a proof of excellent craftsmanship. A magnificent idol of Lord Krishna is housed in this temple along with Lakshmi Narayan, Ram and Sita. The temple also houses Lord Krishna’s Chariot and Gita Stambh which has the entire carvings of Bhagavad Gita.

Potra Kund

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Potra kund is just next to Shri Krishna janam bhoomi temple. It is an ancient kund. It is said that It is Heart of Krishna city Mathura. A very nice place to be. Varied shopping trends as well you can feel the essence of old Mathura over here. The variety ranges in sweets, any utility item, clothes, footwear anything. Once you enter Tilak dwar, after approx 1.5 kms you’ll find famous Dwarkadheesh temple as well as holy river Yamuna, breezing swiftly near it. On the way to temple you’ll find shops of idols, there dresses, and much more. The streets inside tilak dwar reminds one of old City still sprawling there. Only problem is bit crowded and less parking space.  Vasudev ji and Devki mata used to wash their clothes in this kund while they were in kansa’s prison.

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screenshot_2018-06-01-22-37-06.pngIt is Heart of Krishna city Mathura. A very nice place to be. Varied shopping trend as well you can feel the essence of old Mathura over here. The variety ranges in sweets, any utility item, clothes, footwear anything. Once you enter Tilak dwar, after approx 1.5 kms you’ll find famous Dwarkadheesh temple as well as holy river Yamuna, breezing swiftly near it. On the way to temple you’ll find shops of idols, there dresses, and much more. The streets inside tilak dwar reminds one of old City still sprawling there. Only problem is bit crowded and less parking space.

Shiv Taal

Shiv Taal has a significant historic and spiritual history behind it. Every year thousands of devotees visit here on Shiv raatri. During the last decade of nineteenth century, The British collector H F Grouse has given a beautiful description of Shiv Taal in his memoirs. Even the Varaha Purana mentions Shiv Taal as the historic site where Lord Shiva did penance.

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The land around kund has been converted fully into urban habitation. However due to the fore wall around kund, it could remain protected. It has beautiful carved chattris made of Dholpur stone in the four corners  of the kund. One chattri and some rooms . Due to the very low water table in Mathura town, Shiv Taal is dried up.

How to reach Mathura

By Air

The nearest international airport to Mathura is located in Delhi, at a distance of 147 km while the closest domestic airport is Kheria airport, Agra, located at a distance of 49 km. Taxis are available to the holy city from both these airports.

Nearest Airport : Agra Airport, Agra

By Rail

Mathura railway junction connects the city to the major cities of the country like Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. Railways is the most convenient and cost-effective way of reaching Mathura. Pre-paid taxis are available to travel to the nearby locations. Frequent rail services are available for all the major cities from this junction.

By Road

Agra, Faizabad and Allahabad are connected to Mathura by buses run by the government. Deluxe buses run by private operators connect the holy city to Delhi.

SARNATH

screenshot_2018-05-26-21-24-07.pngSarnath, 10km from Varanasi, is one of the most revered Buddhist pilgrimage centers. It is believed that after attaining the Enlightenment , it was here that Lord Buddha preached his first sermon, sanctified as Maha Dharm Chakra Parivartan.

Sarnath is the most historical and Buddhist holy place in the Varanasi, popular among tourists for tourism . It has so peaceful, clean and calm environment which provides lots of mind and body relaxation. It can be felt like a new world of heaven on the earth.

ATTRACTION OF SARNATH

DHAMEKHA STUPA

Dhamek-Stupa-ili-33-img-1The stupa is the most impressive structure in Sarnath. Built around 500AD the excavations have revealed that some earlier construction was present at the site. The stupa is a place where one can see the devoted  Buddhists circumambulating the structure, Ashoka  might have built the stupa to earmark the Dharmachakrapravartana  to five ascetics.

 

CHAUKHANDI STUPA

Chaukhandi_Stupa_on_a_hill,_SarnathThe Chaukhandi Stupa is thought originally to have been built as a terraced temple during the Gupta period between the 4th and 6th centuries to mark the site where Lord Buddha and his first disciples met traveling from Bodh Gaya to Sarnath. Later Govardhan, the son of a Raja, modified the stupa to its present shape by building the octagonal tower to commemorate the visit of Humayun, the powerful Mughal ruler.

Today the stupa is a high earthen mound covered with a brickwork edifice topped by an octagonal tower. It is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.

MULAGANDHA KUTI VIHARA

images (7)Mulagandha Kuti Vihara Monastery is a modern monastery and temple set among scenic gardens. Marvel at the striking Buddhist architecture, admire fascinating frescoes and listen to the infectious sounds of Buddhist chants. Mulagandha Kuti Vihara Monastery is in Sarnath, an ancient pilgrimage site that attracts Buddhist’s devotees from around the world. While here, visit the remains of revered temples, shrines and an interesting museum.

SHREYANSNATH MANDIR



images (8)It is the place of 4 kalyanak of Shri Shreyansnath Bhagwan. A huge ashtakod stoop (octagonal pillar) of 103 feet height is still present showing its historical establishment. As per them it is considered to be 2200 years old.

Moolnayak of this temple is a blue colored idol ofShri Shreyansnath Bhagwan of height 75 cm

in Padmāsana( Lotus Position ).

GOLDEN TEMPLE

Screenshot_2018-05-21-22-01-22It is a Tibetan Temple,  popularly known as Golden Temple. The temple is situated in Sarnath in the midst of a lush green, beautiful lawn. It is well maintained and peaceful and we spent some quite time here, meditating. It is a holy place for Buddhists. The Prayer Wheels are seen outside the building which on being rotated clockwise, release paper scrolls with prayers written on them. The statue of Lord Buddha in meditating pose will surely is beautiful.

DEER PARK

 The Deer Park of Sarnath is one of the revered Buddhist sites of Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh. It is believed to be the spot where Sangha was originated .

Screenshot_2018-05-26-21-31-24The Deer park is a huge enclosure made for the deer to roam around freely. The place also has an array of bird life. The atmosphere is calm and relaxing. Amidst the beautiful gardens and the relics of Buddhist monasteries and stupas, the deer park is a prominent tourist attraction in Sarnath.

ASHOKA PILLAR

screenshot_2018-05-26-22-27-42.pngThe national emblem of India and a mark of Emperor Ashoka’s visit to Sarnath, the Ashoka Pillar crafted out of stone is an impressive structure with four lions at the top. It comprises of three parts with four lions sitting on the top of Ashoka Chakra.

The Ashoka Chakra, the wheel of which is also a part of the national flag of the country contains four wheels on different directions with four different animals between them.

This 50 m long pillar along with the Dhamek Stupa, are Ashoka’s gift to Buddhism and the entire complex has a calm aura to it.

A number of monks are spotted meditating around the compound.

TIBETAN TEMPLE

Screenshot_2018-05-26-22-35-23This Buddhist shrine has been decorated with Thangksa, which are Tibetan Buddhist paintings. The temple features a statue of Shakyamuni, the Buddha. The Prayer Wheels are seen outside the building which on being rotated clockwise, release paper scrolls with prayers written on them.

THAI TEMPLE

screenshot_2018-05-26-22-44-53-e1527355113374.pngA well known attraction in Sarnath, the Thai

Temple displays the That style of

architecture. The temple is set amongst

beautiful gardens and is managed by Thai

Buddhist Monks offering calm and peaceful

surroundings.

 

 

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VARANASI PLACE OF MOKSHA

VARANASI

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Varanasi is a city of religious importance and is bustling with tourists at all times of the year. Varanasi is the oldest city of the world. Varanasi is more than 3000 years old and is famous as the city of temples.

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Varanasi has been a part of Indian civilisation since the beginning of time. Varanasi, the holy city of India, is also known by the name of Kashi and Benaras. Kashi, the city of Moksha for Hindus .

In Varanasi, there are temples at every few places. Looking at the number of temples in Varanasi, it is hard to believe that a large number of them were demolished during the medieval times.

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Varanasi is the ideal destination for religious tourism, for people who want to experience the intermixed Indian society at its best, for connoisseurs of food and photographers. It is also a good spot for a family vacation.

VARANASI not just a place where pilgrims throng to visit the temples, It is also the destination where most people come to spend their last days as it is believed that an individual who dies in this sacred place can attain salvation.

VISHWANATH TEMPLE

The Kashi Vishwanath temple is the center of faith for millions of Hindus. The Jyotirlinga of Shiva, Vishweshwara or Jyotirlinga Vishwanatha Temple or Golden Temple, rebuilt in 1776, is dedicated to Lord ShivaVaranasi is situated on the banks of River Ganges, which is believed to have the power of washing away all of one’s sins.  It is believed that three nights of fasting in Varanasi city can reap you rewards of many thousands of lifetimes of asceticism!

screenshot_2018-04-29-17-48-30.pngThe Kashi Vishwanath Temple attracts Hindu devotees and other visitors not only from India but also the world over.

In Hindu religion it is believed that a simple glimpse of the Jyotirlinga is a soul-cleansing experience that transforms life and puts it on the path of knowledge and Bhakti (devotion).

The Vishwanath temple opens daily at 2.30 A.M. for Mangala Aarti and between 3 to 4 A.M. ticket holders are permitted to join. The timing of general Darshan is from 4 to 11 A.M.

SANKATMOCHAN MANDIR

Sankat Mochan temple is one of the sacred temples of Varanasi. It is located in the southern part of Varanasi, near the Banaras Hindu University.

The word “Sankat Mochan” means one who helps in removing sufferings i. e. Lord Hanuman. Tulsidas, the author of the famous Hindu epic Rama Charita Manasa, founded the Sankat Mochan temple.

images (3)Every person visiting Varanasi visits this temple and pay their respects to Hanuman.

The laddoo offered at this temple is essentially famous among the locals. While visiting Sankat Mochan be aware of the monkeys who throng the temple premises and tend to steal away the Prasad.

However, they are totally harmless if you let them be on their own.

 

According to Vedic Astrology, Hanuman protects human beings from the anger of planet Saturn and those who have ill placed Saturn in their horoscope visit the Sankat Mochan temple to get remedy.

DASASHWAMEDH GHAT

Dasaswamedh Ghat is one of the most important Ghats of Varanasi. Dasaswamedh literally means the Ghat (river front) of ten sacrificed horses.

Screenshot_2018-04-29-19-01-56This Ghat is most famous for the Ganga Aarti conducted every evening, and hundreds of people visit it every day. Watching the Ganga Aarti is an experience which cannot be explained in words. When in Varanasi, make sure not to miss this calming experience.

MANIKARNIKA GHAT

It is located in the north part of the Varanasi city on the bank of the Ganges. It is known as ancient Burning Ghat in Varanasi. One can go by walking through the bank of the Ganges or by a boat.
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It is  interesting to see the burning ceremonies happening here, Very intense atmosphere. Although, it’s a sight for tourist . I’d recommend people to be respectful as it is not a real display but a sentimental moment for a family.

The Ghat gives an idea that death-shaming is not required, it celebrates life and also death and death is seen as a door to start a rebirth/new life. It makes you come in terms with the practicalities of life. This is quite an eye-opener for me and hence, I recommend.

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In India, death is considered as a gateway to another life received as a result of our past actions (karma)

ASSI GHAT

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Assi Ghat is the everyone’s preferred Ghat located in the south of the Varanasi. It is the place where one can spend hours very easily without any disturbance. It is the amazing and most natural place where students from foreign country, researchers and travelers are used to live here.

Assi ghat is one of the most famous and visited ghats of the Varanasi for tour and tourism. People from all the corners of the country as well as abroad must come here if they come to India for tourism.

Some of the great festival such as Mahashivaratri, Ganga Dashahara, Ganga Mahotsav etc attracts a huge crowd in the Varanasi at this Ghat. Most of the tourists are connected to the Jewish community at the Assi Ghat.

BIRLA TEMPLE

images (5)The Birla temple is located inside Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi. The temple is located 1.7 km inside from the main gate of Banaras Hindu University (BHU). BIRLA temple in Varanasi is called as  New Vishwanath temple . It is one of the famous temple for its architectural beauty .

“Birla temple has the tallest temple tower in the world.”

The temple has the highest temple tower in the world. The temple is 77 metre long. The temple is completely made of marble. There are 9 shrines inside this temple.

TOWN OF GOD RAMA

THE TOWN OF GOD RAMA

AYODHYA

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An ancient town, Ayodhya  is seven sacred cities of the Hindus. The great Epic RAMAYANA with the birth of God RAMA and with rule his father Dashratha.

The ancient scripture of Atharvaveda describes Ayodhya as acity built by Gods and compares its prosperity with the glory and splendor of the paradise.

Ayodhya  is located in centre of the state  Utter Pradesh in northern region of INDIA. It lies on Ghaghara river, also known as Sarayu River.

 

HANUMAN GARHI

i_201505011215136163.jpgHanuan Garhi is the second and most important temple of AYODHYA . It is one of the most famous holy place to visit after RAM JANAM BHOOMI. I visited more times, its distance is 150 km from my home city.

The temple is most and visit place of Hindus. To reach Hanuman ji Darshan, we have climbed 76 steps and no people feel tried and difficulty.

When you go into temple, do pick up some laddoos and garland of flowers. And be careful to hide them from monkeys. They are watching you really closely and they know what a box of laddoo looks like very well. If they snatch the box from you, give the laddoo to them.

KANAK BHAWAN

I_201505011208410708 (1)-750x421After Ram lala and Hanuman Darshan we went Kanak Bhawan . It is said that this place  make to Maa Sita by her mother in law Kausalya.

A beautiful temple Kanak Bhawan . It is said that Kaikeye built this temple for Sita as repentance.

This is the place where Sita Ji was received in Ayodhya after marriage and main living of Lord Rama.

 

RAM JANAM BHOOMI

This place of Lord Rama Janam Bhoomi. This place is under heavy security and many security check take place to visit the Punya Bhoomi and must to see place among other place in Ayodhya. 

SITA KI RASOI

It is nothing but a kitchen place where Mata Sita cooked  food. A priest guided us . In corner temple a statue of Goddess sita and the place is associated with her kitchen.

 Even today food is served free to all the Mahant and Saints living in Ayodhya. It looked like a big dining hall.

RAM KI PAIDI

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It is the attractive bathing Ghats built for the convenience of multitude of Ram devotees to have a sacred bath in holy Sarayu  waters.

Sarayu means , would take their sins and purifying them. There we find number of Ghats. These series of Ghats are raised for the convenience of the huge number of piligirimage who come here to have a  holy dip.

NAGESHWAR NATH TEMPLE

nageshwarnath-temple_crop_1206x462It was built by son of Lord Rama Kusha Nath. 

 

 

A DAY AT DEATH PLACE OF LORD BUDDHA

KUSHINAGAR

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An INDIAN state Utter Pradesh where located a pilgrimage town district  KUSHINAGAR , 52 km from Gorakhpur city . It is an important Buddhist pilgrimage where buddhists believe that Gautam Buddha attained Parinirvana after his death.

kushi-1475286731_835x547.jpgKushinagar is known for its cultural heritage all over the world. It is an international Buddhist pilgrimage centre and one of the four holiest for Buddhists . The first is birth place LUMBANI , second BODHGAYA where Buddha was enlightened and third is SARNATH where Lord Buddha taught first time.

Kushinagar place is known as final resting place of GAUTAM BUDDHA . I have gone many time here. I found a lot of peace which is common thing in most of Buddha temple. I always attract towards this holy spiritual peace.

KUSHINAGAR IS DEATH PLACE OF LORD GAUTAM BUDDHA

A famous Ethymology- According to Ramyana Epic , Kushinagar was built by King Kush son of RAMA. Kushwati was capital of Kosala Kingdom which is known as Kushinagar in later.

The holy pilgrimage place in Kushinagar……..

PARINIRVANA STUPA

IMG_20180225_192337This place is known as final resting place of Lord Buddha. it is very peaceful and calm atmosphere. Large Sleeping Posture Buddha Statue inside the temple. Here we can take picture. There is a window towards  foot so that we can touch the foot of sleeping Buddha.

I listened a tale . When Buddha died here after eating a dish of mushroom, a follower gave him. He lied down on his right side, watch the Sun set a last time in this position with right hand under his head and passed away when the Sun disappeared.

I was really amazed to see the statue first time. It actually look at the sunset just like Buddha had done . It was very intense experience for me . I advice you to visit at time for sunset on a day the sun can be seen.

NIRVANA STUPA

IMG_20180225_192311It is situated behind the Mahaparinirvana Stupa and also known as Nirvana Chaitya. The huge brick work stupa discovered in 1876 approx 3 metre high plinth.

 

 

JAPANEES TEMPLE

IMG_20180225_113849Good place near Parinirvana Stupa. This

place has a beautiful and big golden color

stupa. The golden stupa and mandap

present unique Burmese architecture. It

looks at its best in sun shine like a gigantic

golden bell place on Earth.

A beautiful 8 metals statue of Buddha which was brought from Japan. It is believed that Lord Buddha uttered his last words in Kushinagar. It is one of the major tourist attraction

that attract traveller for all

over.

RAMBHAR STUPA

This is a holy place of Buddhists where Lord Buddha’s body was cremated after his Parinirvana. The place is vrery peaceful and greeny surruonded.

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Approxametly 1 km from Mahaparinirvana Temple, a large Stupa height of approx. 50 ft where Lord Buddha was cremated. It is also known as Mukut-Bandhan Vihar. There is a sheet of water called Rambhar Jheel or Pond.

THAI TEMPLE

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This temple has very good architecture and unique in region. It is situated about 1.5 km from Nirvana temple. The temple is built in memory of The King

who died in 2016.

 

 

This is one of the most beautiful most

visited temple which is surrounded by

varieties of trees, plants and shrubs. The

have prayer in the morning and open

for public from 1 pm to 4pm.

 

 

MATHA KUER SHRINE

img_20180225_192521.jpgThis is located about less than 1.5km from Nirvana temple. 1000 years, 3 metre huge Buddha statue which have been built of a single stone. This the place where Buddha gave his last sermon before Parinirvana.

The Lord Buddha statue depicts is Bhumi Sparsh

Mudra ( earth touching pose ) which show sitting

under tree ( Bodhi Tree ). Bodhi Tree symbolically

represents the Enlightement of Buddha.

BUDDHA MUSEUM

The museum is focus on Buddha’s life and displays the history of Lord Buddha’s journey in INDIA. It is large collection of artifacts from the area, most of these are centuries old. There are very nominal fee 10 rupees( Indian Currency ).

CHINESE TEMPLE

IMG_20180225_193028Chinese temple also called the Lin Sun Chines Temple is one of the modern temple. It is the first Buddhist monument that catches the attention of tourist as they enter he gate of city.

The statue of Buddha housed in the

temple is also built in Chinese style and

image and a great centre of attraction

for tourist and pilgrimage.

BIRLA TEMPLE

img_20180225_194154-e1519788027144.jpgOne of the most beautiful temple in

Kushinagar is the Birla Temple. From

Stupa to historical monuments.

Every little corner in Kushinagar will

remind you its association with Lord

Buddha.

 

KOREAN TEMPLE

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The temple was constructed in year 2000 and managed by Korean Society. The building houses temple on the first floor where golden statue of Buddha is installed while six room on ground floor are for the Koreans only and is being provide on voluntary donation basis.

 

 

How Reach

Kushinagar does not have a railway station and one has to go to either Deoria (35 Km) or Gorakhpur (53 km) which are linked with important destinations.Situated on National Highway No. 28., with frequent bus services, Kushinagar is well connected with other parts of the state.

Some major road distances from Kushinagar are: Gorakhpur-53 km, Lumbini (Nepal)-170 km, Kapilvastu-157 km, Sravasti-253 km, Sarnath 274 km,Lucknow-352km,Sonauli-150km,Bodh Gaya(Bihar)-350km.

My Experience Of First Travel

I have travelled many places and taken enjoy during travelling.  I realized that my knowledge grow better about world and people of different culture and climate. I met many men-women, friends, relatives who share with me their travelling experience. I thought why not share my experience and other experience of travelling ? I wrote this blog………..

A State of INDIA…...

UTTER PRADESH is a historical and religious state of INDIA. It formed for its cremation Ghats and vibrant ceremonies along the Ganga river. The story tells us  that Lord KRISHNA was born in Mathura Utter Pradesh while Lord RAMA was born in Ayodhya Utter Pradesh .

Around the time of Lord BUDDHA   his first sermon delivered at Dhamek Stupa  in Sarnath and died in Kushi Nagar Utter Pradesh. Utter Pradesh offers more than enough to satisfy the scene and curiosities of any traveller.

GORAKHPUR

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The  city  name comes from the Sanskrit Gorakshapuram. The city is home of the Gorakhnath Math. A temple of Gorakhnath who was a prominent saint of the Nath Sampraday. It is located near the border of NEPAL country. It includes historical, religious and cultural heritage as named Gorakhnath .

gorakhnath-templeThe formed shape of temple is seen today, have been conceptualized by late Mahant Digvijay Nath and late Mahant Avadhya Nath    in  second  half 19 century. The temple is almost everyday visited by the devotes. But  on every Tuesday and Saturday   the number of visitors increases . 

 

 

Places Of Gorakhpur Temple

  1. GAUSALA-  The temple is dedicated towards coservation and protection of cows which are considered holy and often referred to as GAU MATA ( Mother Cow ).

     2  AKHAND JYOTI- The flam is symbolic of integrity, spirituality and oneness. In             the Garbh Grih ( inner sanctum ) of Gorakhnath temple, there burns a flame             is   called Akhand Jyoti.

    3. BHIMSENA TEMPLE-  Mahabali Bhimsena was the    younger       brother    of            Dharmraj Yudhishtra in Mahabharat. As per legend when Bhimsena arrived           in      the temple to invite Guru Gorakhnath to attend the Rajsuya Yagha.

 

MAKAR SANKRANTI

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The festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated at Gorakhnath temple every year till one month. Men, Women and Children take enjoy of Sankranti fair .

Gorakhnath Makar Sankranti ( Khichadi Mela ) festival is unique in biggest centre place of conviction in East Utter Pradesh, India. In celebrating one month festival, Visitors arrive from Utter Pradesh, Bihar and Nepal country.

Temple is opened early morning 3 O’clock in Makar  Sankranti day. Then Gorakshpithadhishwar( owner ) worship with other saints.  Then first Nepal Kingdom’ Khichadi is devoted to Lord Goraksh Nath from many time ago.

Makar Sankranti is a tremendous junction of conviction, tradition and cheerfulness .

How visit Gorakhpur at Gorakhnath Temple

You can arrive easily by train at Gorakhpur. And by Plane You will be land Utter Pradesh Capital Lucknow, then booked private vehicle or by train Lucknow to Gorakhpur. After reaching  You can hire auto or by auto to Gorakh Nath temple.