India is a country where people can connect themselves to spirituality from anywhere at any specific time. Divinity is found spread everywhere in the form of nature, aura, monuments, architecture, royal temples and places where sacred artifacts are found. Especially, Hindu gods are extremely popular and personified in the form of live figures installed in the temples throughout India and abroad too.
When it comes to Hindu gods' temples no one can ignore the amazing display of architecture in the form of infrastructure, texture, minute carvings and designs. There is a huge range of popular temples of Gods like Shiva and Parvati, Krishna, Hanuman, Ganesha, Laxmi and Vishnu present throughout the country. Immaculately designed Krishna temples in India are the gems of the country which are not only renowned for architecture but also an imperial spiritual connection.
Some of the popular Krishna temples in India are:
Krishna Janmsthan, Mathura:
Krishna Janamsthan is one of the most important and famous temples of Lord Krishna which narrates the arrival story of Lord Krishna on earth. It is the birthplace of Lord Krishna where his parent mother Devki and father Vasudev were imprisoned by his cruel uncle Kansa.
The temple was built around 5000 years ago by Krishna’s great-grandson Vajranabha which was destroyed many times by Mughals and rebuilt by emperors.
The temple is built in a large space that encompasses many other small temples like Keshavdev Temple, Garbha Griha Shrine, Bhagvat Bhavan and Potra Kund. There is a huge crowd of visitors throughout the year especially on occasions like Janmaashtmi, Ekadashi, Teej and other festivals.
Jagannath Temple, Puri, Odisha:
Another addition to the list of Lord Krishna’s temples is the well-known Jagannath Temple in Puri which is an important part of Hindu pilgrimage and one destination among the “Char Dham”. Dedicated to Lord Krishna this temple flaunts the statue of Krishna in Jagannath form carved out of wood. Jagannath Temple contains the statue of brother Balarama and sister Subhadra standing beside Lord Jagannath, which makes it different from other temples.
As part of the unique features of the temple the marvelous architecture holds the attention of visitors and also the rituals and sacred practices performed here are quite different. There are a few interesting facts attached to the temple like the shadow of the temple is never visible.
Govind Devji Temple, Jaipur:
Nestled in the pink city, Govind Devji Temple is the very famous Lord Krishna temple in Jaipur in the state of Rajasthan. The state of Rajasthan is popular for its special architecture and designs on various monuments and temples. So, the temple structure built by Akbar showcases the gorgeous architecture of that time. The main idol was brought by Raja Sawai Jai Singh ll, who is also the founder of Jaipur city and the idol was formed by Vajranabha, the great-grandson of Lord Krishna.
Dwarkadhish Temple, Gujarat:
The sacred abode of Hindu devotees and the important part of “Char Dham Yatra”, Dwarkadhish Temple is another pilgrimage destination in the Hindu religion. It is situated in the Dwaraka city of Gujarat which is the ‘Gateway to happiness’ as ‘Dwara’ means ‘door’ and ‘Ka’ means ‘happiness’. The temple exhibits the exquisite example of fantastic architecture which is composed of classy columns engraved with dancers, elephants, music artists and celestial beings.
The temple contains the statue of Lord Krishna in black marble with a Sudarshan Chakra in one hand and a conch shell in another. The figure is also bedecked with a garland and Kaustubh mani in the neck.
Banke Bihari Temple, Vrindavan:
Banke Bihari Temple is the auspicious Hindu temple of Lord Krishna which is famous for its realistic and interesting factual stories. The fact popular about the temple is that the black idol in the temple is believed to be appeared by itself. The idol was brought from Nidhivan where Shyam-Shyama (Radha-Krishna) appeared in front of Swami Haridas and left their black idol behind which is now placed in Banke Bihari Temple, in Vrindavan.
It is one of the seven sacred temples built in the year 1863, as per the texts, which displays an imperial infrastructure. The lotus feet of Lord Krishna is always covered which are only exposed on Akshay Tritya. As per the common myth, to protect Banke Bihari from going anywhere and also to prevent the devotees from losing their consciousness, the idol of God is covered by curtains at regular intervals. It is also a strong belief that Banke Bihari fulfills the wishes of his devotees who visit this temple to worship him and offer service.
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