Barsana as a tourist site is of great religious importance because it is believed to be the birth place of Radha Rani. The distance is a few km from Mathura. It is a small town in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The place stands true to its name as the place is continuously raining as the word ‘Barsana’ literally means Rain. Barsana is a part of Braj Bhoomi region. The place has many historical spots that make a great experience for the tourists. Mathura tour is incomplete without a visit to Barsana that has many beautiful temples that will leave you awestruck. Are you looking for a list of famous temples in Barsana? Then keep on reading this article.
Best time to visit Barsana
The ideal time to visit Barsana is during the Holi festival which is very famous here and is known as the Lathmar Holi Festival. You can also visit the place during Janmashtami and Radha Ashtami. Also Annakut festival that happens in the Kartik month of the Hindu calendar is a time when you can visit Barsana. These are the times when the place stands in its utmost glory with the ongoing rituals owing to the festivals.
Barsana Temples to Visit
Shriji Temple Barsana
The location is 43 km away from Mathura. The temple is situated at the top of Bhanugarh peak.
Radha Shriji is the local name of Radha Rani. The temple is also called the Ladli Ji Temple & Radha Rani Temple in Barsana. The Ladli ji temple has four prominent crowned peaks around which symbolize divinity. One of the many disciples of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Narayan Bhatt renovated and restored the original deities in this temple. It is also called the Bhanugarh Temple which is almost 5000 years old built during the times of Akbar. You can notice the magnificent touch of the Mughal Era in the architecture of this temple. Red and white sandstones are used to construct this temple which looks like classic Rajput architecture.
The paintings adorning the temple, beautiful hand carvings, domes and arches along with the extravagant sculptures are a breathtaking sight.The word ‘Ladli’ literally means the beloved daughter and the word ‘Laal’ means the beloved son. Therefore the temple with deities of Lord Krishna and Radha here is known as Ladli Laal temple. If you ask which temple is famous in Barsana then it is the Shriji Temple. A huge number of devotees visit Barsana to visit this particular temple. You will have to go up approximately 200 steps to visit the main idol of Krishna and Radha.
The temple timing is from 5am in the morning to 2pm. Again it opens from 5pm till 9pm in the night.
Iskcon Temple Barsana
The Iskcon temple in Barsana is situated in the Raman Reti area of Vrindavan, a few km away from Barsana.
Iskcon (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) temple in Barsana is one of the most mesmerizing sights ever. Iskcon temples anywhere in the world retain their own touch. The Iskcon temple here is situated in Vrindavan that is a few kms from Barsana. This is a white marbled temple with wooden doors and windows. There is a Samadhi Museum inside the temple premise that one can visit without any charges. This is a must visit place if you are there.
Best time to visit
The Holy Name retreat is a 5 day programme that a huge number of devotees attend every year. It begins on December 3rd and continues till 8th December. Another famous event is the Govardhan Retreat. This begins on December 12th and continues for a week this 19th of December. This spiritual event is Krishna Katha.
The timing is from 9am to 1pm and from 4: 30pm to 8:45pm during summers. During winters the evening timing changes to 4pm till 8:15 in the night.
Radha Kushal Bihari Temple Barsana
This temple is located in the Brahmachal Parvat in Barsana.
In the list of famous temples in Barsana the next one is the Radha Kushalbihari temple. This temple is close to the Shri Laadli Laal temple. A famous Rajasthani king Maharaja Madho Singh Rao of Jaipur constructed and dedicated this temple to Laadli Laal temple. It is believed that after the construction of the temple when the deities were about to be taken to this temple, Radha Rani appeared in the dreams of the king and asked him not to take her away from the original small temple. So the king built another big temple just beside the original small temple.
You can however find other beautiful idols of Radha Krishna in this temple. The temple is a beautiful sand carved structure that looks beautiful. The temple almost looks like a Rajasthani Fort and has a stretch of lush green trees surrounding the temple that blooms with colourful flowers in spring. It is believed that the thick vegetation surrounding the temple called the Gahvar Van is a place where Radha used to have a relaxing time with her friends.
Best time to visit
Festivals like Janmashtami, Radhashtami, Annakut, Diwali are celebrated here with much grandeur. So you can consider visiting around this time.
The timings are 5am to 12pm and 4:30pm to 8:30 pm on all days.
Maan Mandir Barsana
The Maan Temple is situated at the top of Brahmagiri Parvat in Barsana.
The Maan temple is built upon the Brahmagiri hill. Mangarh is a special place in Braj. This is the place where Radha Rani would seclude herself when she was upset with Lord Krishna. There is a small tunnel in Maan Mandir which leads to a dark chamber where Radha used to sit. The word ‘Maan’ literally means Anger or Mood. This was the Maan pastime of Radha Rani. Here Shri Krishna tried to pacify an angry Randha Rani by doing everything in his control to please her that includes showing her a mirror, blowing fan for her, and even bowing his head down to her feet. This anger is not like any normal anger we feel. This was rather a way in which Radha would give happiness to Shyamsundar. It was a divine pastime.
Timings are 7am to 12pm and 4pm to 9pm on all days.
Sri Radha Damodar Mandir
This famous Gaudiya Vaishnava Temple is situated in Vrindavan at a 40 minutes distance from Barsana.
Sri Radha Damodar Ji Temple in Vrindavan was established by Srila Jiva Goswami in 1542. The presiding deity of Sri Sri Radha Damodar was given to Srila Jiva Goswami by his guru. Previously due to Aurangzeb’s invasion the temple was temporarily shifted to Jaipur but later on it was shifted back to its original place.
Best time to visit
One of the best times to visit here is during the Kartik month in Hindu calendar because of the Annakut Mahotsav in which the main Giriraj Sila is placed out of the Garbha Griha (main altar) for the darshan. One of the most significant features of this temple is the five-time Bhog Seva. This is one of the most visited temples in Vrindavan.
The timings for visitors are 6:30am to 12:30 pm and 5pm to 8:45 pm in summer on all days. Winter timings are 7am to 1pm and 4:15pm to 8:45pm on all days.
Dan Bihari Temple
The Daan Bihari Temple is located in the Daan Gali (lane) of Barsana, Vrindavan.
This temple is one of the oldest temples in Barsana which is almost 800 years old. The word ‘Dan’ literally means donation and the word Bihari is a term used affectionately for Shri Krishna. There is a popular Mythological tale associated with the name of the temple. It is believed by many that once a poor Brahmin was unable to get her daughter married because of financial trouble and he remembered Lord Krishna in his prayers. Lord Krishna listened to his plea and arranged gold for him that is equivalent to the weight of Radha Rani. This was his way of showing kindness for his devotees in a divine way.
Temple timing is 4pm to 9pm every day.
Kirti Mandir is located just adjacent to the Rangeeli Mandir in Barsana.
Kirti Mandir is situated at the heart of the city and is dedicated to Radha Rani’s divine Mother Kirti Mayia. This is the only temple where the idol of Radha Rani is seen sitting on the lap of Mother Kirti. This temple is just beside the Rangeeli temple. The temple construction is guided by Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj. The intricate architectural structure and the beautiful extended lawn take the beauty of this place a notch higher.
The timings are 8:30am to 12:05 om in the morning and 4:30pm to 8pm in the evening on all days.
The Rangeeli Mandir is located just beside the Kirti Mandir.
Rangeeli Mandir is another famous attraction of Barsana. This is located just beside the Kirti Temple. The palace was founded in 1966 under the guidance of Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj. The temple looks like an impeccable palace with a lawn in front. There is a waterfall in the lawn as well that is one of the many attractions of this place. You can witness beautiful depictions of Radha and Krishna’s Raas Leela here in the large Satsang Hall.
The timings are 8:30am to 12pm and 4:30pm to 8pm in the evening on all days throughout the year.
Shri Ashta Sakhi Temple
Shri Ashtasakhi Temple in Barsana is located in Barsana , 300 metres away from Shri Radharani Temple in the Bankebihari Colony in Vrindavan.
The temple is located a few kms from Barsana in Vrindavan. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Radha along with 8 of their Sakhis or friends. This is a place where Radha and Krishna used to perform Raas Leela. The temple now looks modernized as it has been recently renovated. Along with the deities of Lord Krishna and Radha Rani, there are idols of the eight sakhis as well.
Temple timing is from 7:30am to 12:30pm and 4:30pm to 9pm at night everyday all year long.
Jugal Kishore Temple
This temple is situated in Vrindavan, Gotam Nagar
Another beautiful temple located in Barsana is the Jugal Kishore Temple. This is by far the oldest temple in that area. The architectural detail looks spectacular. The structure made with red sandstones stands in its glory in front of the Keshi Ghat and therefore is also known as the Keshi Ghat Temple. You can observe from the structural formation that the temple was built during the Mughal Era. Right in front of the Yamuna this temple gives a splendid view and the prevailing atmosphere is divine and peaceful.
Temple timing is 5am to 12:30 pm and 4pm to 9pm throughout the year everyday.
Barsana as a pilgrimage site holds a lot of historical and religious importance. If you are visiting Barsana then you must visit these famous temples in Barsana. The Barsana temple timings are all attached in this article that will be useful for your visit. If you are interested in exploring Radha Rani and Lord Krishna’s divine presence and the history and mythological stories behind them, then Barsana temples will fill your heart and soul. Let me know when you plan to visit Barsana and Vrindavan next. Do make a list of famous temples in Barsana as a part of your travel plan.