Banke Bihari Temple Vrindavan
Radhey Radhey ! Did you know that Banke Bihari Temple of Vrindavan was established by Swami Haridas, the guru of the famous singer Tansen. If not, you are the right place. In today’s article we would discuss more about the Banke Bihari Temple.
Banke Bihari temple Vrindavan is dedicated to Lord Shri Krishna and in today’s blog, we would discuss the following:
- History of the Temple
- Rituals followed at the temple including Phool Bangla
- Timings of the temple
- Things to be taken care of while in temple
So let us begin. As we discussed earlier that the temple was established by Swami Haridas. The image of Bihari ji in the temple is one granted by Shayama-Shayam to Swami Haridas. Swami Haridas belonged to a small village near Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh. He came to Nidhivan in Vrindavan for meditation. It was dense forest at that time and he used to sing songs in the praise of Lord Shri Krishna. One day as Swami Haridas was meditating in Nidhivan some villagers came to visit him, however were not able to see anything but dense light and after requests from Swami Haridas, Lord appeared in front of him. It is believed that all the villagers where stunned by the beauty of the Lord and it seemed that they were all statues as they were not even blinking their eyes.
Swani Haridas requested his Lord to take a single form and also in front of his eyes. The Lord turned into a One single black idol in front of Swami Haridas. The idol was very charming and is the one kept in kept in the Bankey Bihar Temple. The idol was kept to Nidhivan earlier, however a new temple was built in 1862 A.D and is the modern day temple of Bankey Bihari ji.
There is a tradition of the temple that the Mangla (Early morning Aaarti) Aarti is not performed in the temple. The reason behind this ritual is that believed that the Lord slept late during the night. As there are no bells in the temple as they may disturb the Lord. Mangla aarti is performed in the temple only on Janamashtmi. Also, one can see the curtains in the temple that is pulled after every few minutes so that no one can stare in the eyes of the Bihari ji and become unconscious .
There is another tradition from Chaitra Shukla Ekadashi (March)to Shravan Krishna Amavasya (August) when the Lord enjoys the Phool Bangla means House of Flowers.
New lets talk about the timings of the temple, the temple opens at 07:45 AM in the morning in summers and 08:45 in winters, while in the evening the temple opens for darshan at 05:30 PM during summers and 04:30 PM during winters.
Timings for Aarti’s are as:
- Shingar Aarti: 08:00 AM during summers and 09:00 AM during winters
- Rajbhog Aarti: 12:00 PM during summers and 01:00 PM during winters
The temple closes at 12:00 PM till 05:30 PM during summers while in winters it closes from 01:00 PM till 05:30 PM.
Things to be taken care while visiting the temple:
- Never leave children unattended in the temple
- Never click photographs in the temple premises
- Beware of pick-pockets
- Have the famous peras while visiting the temple
Thanks for reading. Hope you got some information regarding the temple.