Vrindavan City Information
Vrindavan, also known as Vraj, is a town in the Mathura District of Uttar Pradesh and is 15 km away from the city of Mathura. Located at an altitude of about 560 feet above sea level, Vrindavan is the original Goloka Vrindavan Dham of Lord Sri Krishna.Book Tour
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Vrindavan, also known as Vraj, is a town in the Mathura District of Uttar Pradesh and is 15 km away from the city of Mathura. Located at an altitude of about 560 feet above sea level, Vrindavan is the original Goloka Vrindavan Dham of Lord Sri Krishna.
The town is famous as a pilgrimage site where Lord Sri Krishna is believed to have spent his childhood. According to mythology, there are numerous incidents which have increased the popularity of this place. As per legend, Lord Sri Krishna performed divine dance, popularly known as Maharaas, along with Gopis at this place.
The essence of Vrindavan is said to have been lost, until it was rediscovered by Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in the 16th Century. Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu visited Vrindavan in the year 1515 to discover the lost holy places associated with Lord Sri Krishna. He wandered through the different sacred forests of Vrindavan and with his divine spiritual power; he eventually located all the holy places associated with Sri Krishna.
The holy forest of Vrindavan has been subjected to urbanisation by local kings and builders in the last 250 years. The city is also known as the ‘Shelter City for Widows’ as it houses an estimated 20,000 widows, some of whom have spent more than 30 years in this city.
Vrindavan has a large population, including residents from all parts of India. Residents here mainly speak in Braj Bhasa, as well as Hindi and Bhojpuri. The renowned Rasiya folk songs are sung to celebrate the divine love between Radha and Lord Sri Krishna. These songs are accompanied by a large drum known as bumb and folk dance known as Raslila.
Vrindavan is also renowned as the shopping centre of silver ornaments, textiles, antiques, wooden works, dresses of the idols and incense sticks. Lassi, milk products and jal jeera are the specialities of this region. Janmashtami is celebrated with great zeal in the city, with tourists from all over crowding the destination to be a part of the celebrations.
The other major festivals celebrated there include Holi, Jhulan Yatra, Govardhan Puja, Basant Panchami, Guru Poornima and Radhashtami. The best time to plan a visit to Vrindavan is between November and March when the weather is pleasant.