Nand Bhawan

Nand Bhawan

  • Mathura
  • Uttar Pradesh
  • India

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Nand Bhawan, Mathura Overview

Located at a distance of 30 km away from Mathura (Uttar Pradesh), Nand Bhawan was the house of the foster father of Lord Krishna- Nand Baba. Also known as Chaurasi Khamba Temple, Nand Bhawan is one of the major places of interest in Gokul. This structure is surrounded by lush greenery and the beautiful mountains at the backdrop make this palace more astounding. Visiting Nand Bhawan in Gokul is like experiencing the childhood days of Lord Krishna. This is the place where Shri Krishna spent his childhood time after his actual parents were confined by Kansa (King of Mathura). As per the legends, the name-giving ceremony of Shri Krishna and his brother Balaram had conducted in Nand Bhawan.

 

Architecture Of Nand Bhawan:

 

Nand Bhawan is a vast complex and known for its amazing architecture. The structure is called the Chaurasi Khamba temple as it rests on 84 pillars. The premise of the structure is huge and there are a small number of ascending stairs that are leading to its entrance, which then leads to a huge courtyard. There are wide open spaces around the temple adding charm to its beauty.

 

The walls of the Nand Bhawan are embellished with beautiful paintings and motifs of Shri Krishna portraying playful chapters from his childhood days. One can see splendid carvings etched on the stone pillars of the palace enhancing its beauty. Besides, one can see many fascinating rooms that were allotted to the family members of Nand Maharaj including the room of Nand Baba, Maa Yashoda, Maa Rohini, Lord Krishna, Shri Balaramji, Shri Radhaji, and their friends. The residence also comprises of a dining hall, kitchen, storerooms, restrooms, etc.

 

Interesting Facts And Trivia About Nand Bhawan:

 

People must be wondering, why does the temple comprise exactly 84 pillars? not one more or one less. This is because as per the religious scriptures in Hinduism, the number 84 represents the 84, 00,000 species of life existing in the material world. Thus, it is believed that 84 pillars in the palace comprise of all life forms existing in the world.

There is a huge banyan tree in the courtyard of the palace and devotees who visit the palace tie colorful strips or ribbons on its branches, with a strong belief that this will bring them happiness and prosperity in their life. There is a temple of Kali Maa just under this banyan tree.

 

Best Time To Visit Here:

 

Nand Bhawan is situated in Gokul town (Mathura, Uttar Pradesh). Being a famous religious structure, you can visit it any time in the year. During the summer season, the entire Mathura along with Gokul experience extreme heat, with a temperature of around 44 degrees Celsius. The heat can be a major hindrance for many visitors, but if this condition does not bother you much, you can visit Gokul and Nand Bhawan during this period. Winters in Gokul are very favorable for the tourists for sightseeing and exploration in the region as the weather is cool and pleasant.

 

Nearby Attractions:

 

On a trip to Gokul, visitors can also explore some of the other tourist attractions in and around the region other than Nand Bhawan such as Shri Thakur Rani Ghat, Raman Reti, Gokulnath Temple, Brahmand Ghat, etc.

 

How To Reach Here:

 

Situated at a distance of about 10 km from Mathura, Gokul can be easily accessible. The town has good connectivity with major cities in India.

 

• By Air- For air travelers, the nearest airport is in Agra, which is located at a distance of 54 km from Gokul. One can book a taxi or cab to reach Gokul and Nand Bhawan from Agra airport. One can also reach here from Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi (186 km) or Jaipur airport (232 km). Visitors can hire a taxi from either airport to reach Gokul and Nand Bhawan.

• By Train- For the train passengers, the closest railway station is in Mathura, which is at a distance of about 7 km from the town. One can hire a taxi or cab to reach Gokul and Nand Bhawan from the railway station.

 

Additional Information For Visitors:

 

There is no entry fee required for visiting Nand Bhawan. This temple remains open every day in a week. In summer days, the temple remains open from 5.00 am to 12.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 9.00 pm. And in winter days, the temple opens from 5.00 am to 12 pm and 2.00 pm to 8.30 pm.

 

 

 

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