Vrindavana and Mathura are the most important places of pilgrimage for devotees of Krishna. Krishna was born in Mathura and spent His childhood in Vrindavan. There are over 5,000 temples in Vrindavan.
The city of Mathura, in Uttar Pradesh, the nucleus of Brajabhumi, is located 140 km south-east of Delhi and 60 km north-west of Agra. Covering an area of about 3,800 sq. km. Brajabhumi can be divided into two distinct units – the eastern part in the trans-Yamuna tract with places like Gokul, Mahavan, Baldeo, Mat and Bajna and the western side of the Yamuna covering the Mathura region that encompasses Vrindavan, Govardhan, Kusum Sarovar, Barsana and Nandgaon (Nandagram).
The ISKCON Temple in Vrindavan is popularly known as Sri Krishna-
Balaram Mandir. It was built in 1975 on the orders of Bhaktivedanta
Swami Prabhupada, the founder-acharya of the International
Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). The temple has
spread the practice of bhakti yoga, in which aspirant devotees
(bhaktas) from all parts of the world dedicate their thoughts and
actions towards pleasing the Supreme Lord, Krishna. Its main
attractions are the main library and gallery where the devotees of
Lord Krishna spend their time in reading books and admiring the
beautiful paintings of Lord Krishna's time.
SHRI BANKEY BIHARI TEMPLE
This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and it was established by
Swami Shri Haridas. The image of Bihariji installed in the temple, is
the one granted to Swami Shree Haridas by the celestial couple
Shyama-Shyam themselves. Here, Lord Krishna is observed in his
phase of childhood. The temple is an architectural beauty in itself
and follows the contemporary Rajasthani style. It is one of the
oldest and the most popular temples of Vrindavan which has been
enhancing our rich heritage and culture.
Prem Mandir is a project of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat, founded by
Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, and supported by JKP, Radha
Madhav Dham. It is a pure marble temple which was built by many
specialists, craftsmen and artisans from all parts of the country. It
can be truly called a wonder of the modern world. The design and
the architecture of this temple is a magnificent sight. One of the
main reasons for the popularity of this temple is its lighting in the
night and the musical fountain. The musical fountain inside the
temple is one of a kind; visitors from all parts of the world are
awestruck by the sheer beauty of it. Therefore, it is one of the main
tourist attractions of Vrindavan.
Mathura Vrindavan Development Authority, Mathura formed in 1976
Mathura-Vrindavan cities planned for the development master plan was sanctioned and urban and rural planning department appropriated area Mathura-Vrindavan master plan to the government order No. 0 2484 / 37-3-43 / A 0 0 V 0 / 73 dated 08/09/76 was approved by the same date 25/03/77 under the Mathura Vrindavan Development Authority was established.