Lord Krishna is the most popular avatars of Lord Vishnu and the central figure of the Hindu Bhagavad Gita. He is known for his several roles- a guide, a philosopher, a child shepherd, a valiant knight.
Lord Krishna is worshiped in many temples in India. These temples are famous because they either narrate the story of the birth of Krishna or known for the architecture and history. Today we will see 10 famous temples of Lord Krishna in India that are well known worldwide for the history or association with His life.
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1. Dwarkadheesh Temple, Mathura
The Dwarkadhish Temple in Mathura is very preserve reclassifies the historical backdrop of Mathura. One Seth Gokul Das Parikh who was the treasurer of the estate of Gwalior built Dwarkadhish temple that is dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is considered one of the largest and oldest lord Krishna temples in Mathura. Its defining feature is the black marble idol of Dwarkanath, along with a white marble idol of his counterpart deity, Sri Radharani. As Mathura is the home of Lord Krishna, the place is likewise committed to the enormous.
2. Shri Banke Bihari Temple, Vrindavan
Shri Banke Bihari Temple is one of the ancient and famous temples of Lord Krishna in India. In Braj language Bankey means “Bent at three places” and Bihari means “Supreme enjoyer”. Bankey bihari ji is worshiped and looked after as a child. Legend has it, that the image of Lord Banke Bihari (Krishna) installed at the temple was granted to Swami Haridas by the celestial couple Shyama-Shyam (Radhe-Krishna) themselves.
3. ISKCON Temple, Vrindavan
Iskcon Temple, also known as Sri Krishna Balaram Temple, was that first temple to be constructed by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Visitors entering the temple are greeted by a vivid white marble archway of Srila Prabhupada’s Samadhi (final resting place). The presiding deity of the temple is of Lord Krishna-Balaram, which is housed under the central spire of the temple. Deities of Gaura-Nitai and Radha-Shyamsundar are also enshrined in the temple.
4. Jagannath Temple, Puri
The majestic Jagannath Temple in Puri is a major pilgrimage destination for Hindus and is a part of the “Char Dham” pilgrimages. The temple consists of the four structures that are Vimana,Jagamohan or Mukhasala (the porch), Natamandir (the audience hall), Bhogamandap (Food court) which is built in a row in an axial alignment in east-west direction. What makes this temple look apart from other Shri Krishna temples of India is the fact that here procedures, practices, sacraments, and rituals are not like other Hindu temples, they are quite different.
5. Udupi Sri Krishna Matha, Udupi, Karnataka
The Udupi Shri Krishna Matha is an important religious center for the Hindus, and is one of the famous temples of Lord Krishna in India. The temple was originally founded by Shri Madhwacharya, a Vaishnavite saint, in the 13th century, who was also the founder of Dvaita school of Vedanta. Resembling a holy ashram, the temple is known globally for its religious customs, traditions, and the upholder of Tatvavaada philosophy or Dvaita.
6. Shri Nathji Temple, Nathdwara, Rajasthan
Shrinathji Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and the term ‘Nathdwara’ suggests the ‘gate of the lord’. The temple was built by Goswami priests in 1672 AD. Shrinathji is treated as Thakorji or Shethji of the haveli and is been served rather than worshipped. Made of pure marble, the architecture of the temple was quite simple yet praiseworthy. Its interiors were adorned with the signature Pichhwai paintings depicting the ubiquitous theme of Rasleela.
7. Shamlaji Temple, Samalaji, Gujarat
Shamlaji, (Shamalaji) is a major Hindu pilgrimage center in Aravalli district of Gujarat, India. The Shamlaji temple is dedicated to Vishnu or Krishna is built probably in 11th century in Chaulukya style and renovated at least 500 years ago. The temple is built of white sandstone and brick. It is surrounded by a wall with a gateway. Cow is one of the most worshiped animals in the temple, she treated as the gods in the shape of an animal.
8. Balakrishna Temple, Hampi, Karnataka
According to the history, Bala Krishna Temple was built by Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagara Empire in 1513 AD. He built this temple to commemorate his victory over Prataparudra Gajapati, the ruler of the eastern kingdom of Udayagiri (now Orissa) which is mentioned in the inscriptions on the slab. A distinctive feature of the temple is its tower walls. This is one of the few temples where the epic stories carved on the walls of the tower.
9. Guruvayur temple, Guruvayur, Kerala
Guruvayur is a temple town in Kerala’s Thrissur district which is well known for the renowned shrine dedicated to Lord Sree Krishna. The temple is known as Dwaraka of South India. The main deity here is Maha Vishnu, who is worshipped in the form of Krishna. The idol here depicts him in a standing posture, with four arms each carrying a conch, discus, mace and lotus. The big tank in the temple is claimed to be the place where Lord Shiva family worshiped Vishnu.
10. Radha Raman Temple, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh
Counted amongst the 7 Thakur temples of Vrindavan, Sri Radha Raman Mandir is one of the famous temples of Lord Krishna in India. During the attack by Aurangzeb the Radha Raman temple was left untouched, as the soldiers thought it was an ordinary house. As a result, Radha Raman was never taken out of Vrindavana, as most of the other major Deities were.
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