Shri Banke Bihariji appeared by devotion through Swami Haridas Ji. He was at Vishaka Kund of Nidhuvan before. Sri Radhika Deity was not established in this temple along with Sri Krishna. She was present there only at Nidhuban.
Seeing the dilapidated condition of the Banke Bihari Temple Mathura, the new construction at the present place was done in 1856 with the help of devotees. The deity installed then in the present temple. Sri Banke Behariji’s Tableau can be seen with a special arrangement. The reason for the exhibition of Tableau is the philosophy of his devotion and love for his devotees.
Once upon a time, a great devotee appeared for his darshan. He stared at them for a long time. Rasik Banke Bihari Ji got fascinated with him and went to his village with him. Later on, Bihari ji’s emotions revealed and after much persuasion to return him to Shri Mandir. That is why arrangements made for the tableau darshan of Bihari Ji so that no one could see him.
Festivals and Puja:
One unique thing here is that there is no Mangal Aarti here. Thakur Ji sleeps in the morning tired of Raas every night. It is not proper to wake them up at that time. Mangala Aarti is performed only on the day of Janmashtami in a year. Shri Thakur Ji wears Vanshi only on Sharad Purnima day and Shri Banke Bihari Ji sits on Jhulan only on Sawan Teej.
The uniqueness of Shri Banke Bihari Ji Maharaj’s darshan is in his divine tableaux, only on the day of Akshay-Teej. Although every moment of darshan of this temple divinely festive, in the year Pratipada, Akshaya Tritiya Charan Darshan, Guru Purnima, Carousel of Hariyali Teej, Janmashtami, Nandotsav, Radhashtami day of Swami Haridas Ji, Prakash Purnima on Sharad Purnima, etc. Ka Rasavesh, Deepawali, Prakatyotsava of Shri Bihari Ji Maharaj, Shri Bihar Panchami, Basant Panchami, Rangili Holi, and Dolotsava are the major festivals of this temple. In the summer, lavish bungalows of flowers are built almost every day.
The Banke Bihari temple decorated with different flowers on different occasions. Flowers imported from Kolkata, Banaras, Mumbai, Chennai, and abroad for Phool Bungalow. Flower bungalows are decorated every day in Sawan, for which there a competition among the seths of Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata. Each flower bungalow decorated from 10 lakh to 50 lakh rupees. No other temple in the world has as much decoration of flowers as Shri Banke Bihari temple.
Devotees and Pujaris:
The temple employs 1,600 pandas, priests, and 90 workers from 400 families. The area of the temple is 1 acre. 4-5 thousand on normal days, 15-20 thousand on Saturday and Sunday, 15 lakh on five days of Guru Purnima festival, 5 lakh on Hariyali Teej, and about 60-65 lakh devotees visit throughout the year.
- There is no Mangal Aarti in this temple. God sleeps in the morning.
- The 56 Bhog Prasad here is the best in the world. It doesn’t go bad for several months.
- The decoration of flower bungalows in Sawan done only in this temple, with flowers ranging from 10 lakhs to 50 lakhs . The bungalow built in a day.
- God swings on big swings of gold and silver in Sawan. This is not the case in other temples.
Banke Bihari Temple, Mathura Temple Timings:
Summer: Morning 7.30 am to 12.30 pm, Evening 5.00 pm to 9.15 pm
Winter: Morning 9.00 am to 1.00 pm, Evening 4.15 pm to 8.30 pm
How to reach Banke Bihari Temple, Mathura:
Road: Vrindavan situated on Delhi-Agra NH-2. the various buses run between Agra and Delhi. The temple is 7 km. away from National Highway. Getting to Temple is very easy as there are frequent tempos and rickshaws available throughout the day. Mathura is just 12 km away. frequent buses, tempos, and taxis run between Mathura and Vrindavan.
Train: The major railway station nearby is Mathura on the Delhi-Chennai and Delhi-Mumbai main lines. Several express and passenger trains connect Mathura from other major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Calcutta, Gwalior, Dehradun, Indore, and Agra. Though Vrindavan itself is a railway station. A rail bus runs between Vrindavan and Mathura 5 rounds a day.
Air: The nearest airport is Agra just 67 km away from Vrindavan. The nearest international airport is Delhi. Delhi connected to almost every important city in the world with major airlines. There are regular flights to other important tourist destinations of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, etc.