The Prem Mandir was gifted by the Rasik saint Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Mahraj to Vrindavan. It is a religious and spiritual complex situated on a 54-acre site on the outskirts of Vrindavan, Mathura, India. The temple is dedicated to Radha Krishna and Sita Ram.
About the Temple
The white marble Prem Mandir is like a pearl in the center of the spacious temple premises. All entrance doors of the temple are beautifully carved. The pillars are engraved with beautiful statues of Kinkari Sakhis and Manjari Sakhis serving Shri Radha Krishana in various ways. The temple is brightly lit with attractive chandeliers. All the doors and windows are also beautifully engraved. The floor and walls are decorated with colourful semi-precious stones, depicting floral vines with flowers and buds. The carving on the main sanctum and its ceiling are beautiful. The inner walls of the temple are laid using semi-precious stones and with selected verses extracted from ‘Prem Ras Madira’ and ‘Radha Govind Geet’, both written by Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj.
First Floor- Shri Sita Ram
The sanctum on the first floor has beautiful idols of all the deities. On the same floor, one can see important pastimes from the life of Shri Gaurang Mahaprabhu as well. The grand statue of the previous original Jagadgurus and the Rasik Saints of Braj are also displayed here. Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj reconciles and honors the philosophies of the previous original Jagadgurus and has paid homage to them by establishing their statue in Prem Mandir.
The circumambulation route is 40 feet wide. It begins from the main entrance of the temple. It consists of beautifully engraved pillars, 8 latticed windows, 48 panels displayed on the ground floor and 32 panels displayed on the first floor. In all these 80 panels, the different pastimes of Shri Krishna as described in the Shrimad Bhagavat Puran have been chronologically displayed in three dimensional formats.
History of the Temple
In 1946, When Kripalu Ji Maharaj was just 24, he vowed to build a grand temple in Vrindavan. With his friends, Shri Rama Shankar Sharma Shukla of Gargara, Shri Lakshmi Narayan of Mangarh and Shri Surya Bhushan of Itora, Shri Maharaj ji made a trip to Vrindavan, to visit the temples there. These friends were all studying Sanskrit grammar there at the time. The foundation stone was laid by Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj in the presence of thousand devotees on 14 January 2001. It took 12 years and 1000 skilled artists to give Prem Mandir its special shape and design. On the one hand, people were using chisels and hammers to engrave special inlays and on the other, computerized robotic machines were giving shape to those stones; replicating the lilas of Shri Radha Krishna. Such specialized machinery has rarely been used anywhere in India Before.
05:30 a.m.- Mangla (Morning) Darshan and Aarti.
06:30 a.m.- Bhog Darshan and Prayers
08:30 a.m.- Shringar Darshan
11:45 a.m.- Aarti
12:00 noon - Temple Closes
4:30 p.m. - Evening Darshan and Aarti
5:30 p.m. - Bhog and Prayers
7:00 p.m. - Musical fountain show with beautiful light show.
8:00 p.m. - Aarti
8:15 p.m. - Shayan Darshan
8:30 p.m. - Temple Closes
The nearest Airport is Agra Airport 75 km. The nearest railway station is in Mathura. By road, one can connect very easily from Agra and Delhi to the temple.
Prem Mandir, Vrindavan,
Mathura, Uttar Pradesh.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Balam Balavatam Caham Kamaragavivarjitam Dharmaviruddho Bhutesu Kamo'smi Bharatarsabha
Meaning -According to this sloka, God is the isolated and aloof strength of the controlling and virtuous craving in men.
Ye Caiva Sattvika Bhava Rajasastamasasca Ye Matta Everti Tanviddhi Na Tvaham Tesu Temayi
Meaning -According to this sloka, though the only source of satva, rajas and tamas (good, obsessive and dark) elements is God, they are not present within the God or the deity.
Tribhirgunamayairbhavairebhih Sarvamidam Jagat Mohitam Nabhijanati Mamebhyah Paramavyayam
Meaning -According to this sloka, the entire world doesn't recognize the eternal God beyond them, because they are consumed by the elements of satva, rajas and tamas (good, obssessive and dark).
Daivi Hyesa Gunamayi Mama Maya Duratyaya Mameva Ye Prapadyante Mayametam Taranti Te
Meaning -According to this sloka, the heavenly maya of God is very complicated, but those who worship God will be able to overcome it.
The temple is open from 06:00 am to 07:00 pm.