Dedicated to Lord Krishna, Banke Bihari Temple is one of the popular tourist attractions in Vrindavan. Built in the year 1864, the temple is located near Shri Radha Vallabh Temple. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, it is counted amongst the most visited temples in Vrindavan. In the name Banke Bihari, the term Banke stands for ‘bent at three angles’ and Bihari for ‘supreme enjoyer’. The meaning refers to the image of Lord Krishna where, while playing the flute, his right knee is bent across the left one and the right hand holds the flute. The architecture of the temple reflects a classic Rajasthani design. Banke Bihari Temple is one of those seven shrines of Thakur in the city of Vrindavan. At this renowned sacred site, there is an image of Lord Krishna in Tribhanga posture. It is said that this sacred idol was once worshipped by the renowned poet and classical musician - Haridas Swami.
The history of Banke Bihari Temple goes back to Swami Haridas (the guru of Tansen) who established the temple. Once Swami Haridas sang a verse in Nidhivan in Vrindavan for his disciples. While he was singing, Lord Krishna along with Radha appeared in front of him. That was the time when Haridas asked the celestial couple to merge. On his request, both Radha and Krishna merged together to form the idol of Banke Bihari. The Banke Bihari Temple is believed to house this very idol.
Goda Vihar, Vrindavan 281121, India.
Being one of the most popular places to visit in Vrindavan, the temple of Banke Bihari stays open all days a week. One can visit the place any time between sunrise to sunset.
Tourists can visit the temple throughout the year. However, the best time to visit Banke Bihari Temple is during the winter season. The pleasant weather during this time is perfect for sightseeing. Winter in Vrindavan begins in the month of October and continues till March.