Shahji Temple, Vrindavan is one of the best known Holy Places in Vrindavan. The temple is unique in its own way and has gained a lot of popularity due to its magnificent construction. The temple has been dedicated to Radha-Krishna.
About The Temple
The architecture of the temple is entirely different from the usual style of a Hindu temple. It is a blend of Greek, Mughal and Hindu architectures. The entire temple is built of Italian marble. As one enters through the main gate it will reminded of the Imam Bara of Lucknow. one can mark a great resemblance between them. The spacious verandas of the temple are supported by spiral columns (Tede Khambe) chiseled from one single piece of Italian marble. Each column is 13 feet in height and 35 inch in diameter. As the columns are spiral the genius of their craftsmanship consists in carving them to maintain the gravitational center supporting the huge super structure. The spectacular pillars are the centers of attraction. Such pillars are hardly seen elsewhere in the world. Erected in the year 1876, The Shahji Temple, turns to be one of the signature structures in Shiva Temple Vrindavan. A masterpiece in terms of art, this magnificent shrine blends beautifully different styles of structural designs in its framework. Its lovely marble structures and lofty spiral columns exposes outstanding architectural handiness. Though every nook and corner of the temple is festooned with marvelous artistic expressions the `Basanti Kamra’ or the darball hall surpasses all the other facades with its elegant charm. Exquisitely fashioned Belgian glass chandeliers and fine paintings that adorn the Darbarhall arrests the vision of the beholder. A bevy of stylish miniatures that embellishes the interior of the temple is a delight for all art lovers. Built in the form of a palace for Sri Radha Krishna, Shahjii temple rolls in to one the architectural splendors of Lakhnawi, Rajashthani and Italian susceptibility in its glorious construction. The deties of Radha Krishna is also called as Chote Radha Ramanji and the temple is constructed in a way that the idols have easy access to all part of the temple.
Legend and Stories
Shahji Temple, Vrindavan has been constructed by the wealthy merchant by the name Shah Kundan Lal of Lukhnow. This was done in the year 1876. It is one of the most important Tourist Attractions in Vrindavan.
How to Reach Vrindavan
Vrindavan does not have an airport. Nearest airport is Kheria Airport. Mathura railway station is the closest. There are no bus routes from other major cities to Vrindavan. Nearest bus stand is Mathura. Vrindavan.
Vrindavan, Uttra Pradesh.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey
Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.
Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum
Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.
Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram
Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.
Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami
Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.
The temple is open from 5.30 AM to 8.30AM and 12.30 pm and from 4.30 to 8.30 PM.